Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London reopening this december
In June 2018, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London completed one of the most extensive renovations in its 115-year history throughout the entire hotel.
Sadly, and to the shock of guests, staff, and onlookers, a blaze broke out in the top floor of the hotel just days after the reopening, causing fire damage to the newly refurbished building and forcing the hotel’s closure in order for repairs to take place. This week, the hotel has announced plans for a partial reopening on 4th December 2018, with Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Bar Boulud, London, The Rosebery, Mandarin Bar, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London and all event spaces ready for guests in time for the festive season. Guest rooms and suites will be available by spring 2019.
Internationally renowned designer, Joyce Wang, oversaw the redesign of the rooms, suites and public areas, taking inspiration from the hotel’s royal heritage and peaceful parkside location, as well as the glamour of the early 20th century’s Golden Age of travel. All 181 guest rooms and suites are more luxurious and comfortable than ever with two new penthouse suites featuring private terraces with extensive park and city views. Art deco-inspired features including carefully curated artworks and custom-designed furniture, elegant, acorn-inspired lights and bark effect wall coverings are all part of the new décor. Throughout the renovation process, Joyce Wang worked closely with artisans to create bespoke pieces such as hand-etched mirrors and unique pieces of art resulting in an exquisite level of design and craftsmanship.
Esteemed New York designer Adam D Tihany has overseen the redesign of The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London, as well as a light refurbishment of the hotel’s popular restaurants and bar. The Spa takes inspiration from traditional Chinese symbolism, providing a contemporary environment reflecting the attention to detail and harmony of elements found in Chinese philosophy. In keeping with the fresh new look, the extensive spa menu has also been enhanced with a series of exclusive partnerships with some of the most sought-after health and wellness experts in the world. Joining The Spa’s 13 individual treatments rooms is a new spacious Oriental Suite with two massage beds and a Rasul water temple, a room for traditional ASANTE Chinese Medicine consultations and treatments, a Bastien Gonzalez Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio and two additional beauty rooms providing a series of results-driven express treatments. The spa menu represents a tailor-made combination of Mandarin Oriental’s own signature therapies, together with treatments and journeys for the face and body using Mandarin Oriental’s bespoke signature oils, Aromatherapy Associates, Sodashi and Linda Meredith products. Guests are now able to discover the powerful and effective Nescens cosmeceutical and anti-ageing face and body treatments for both men and women.
In addition, the hotel commissioned VISTO Images to compile an outstanding art portfolio throughout the hotel. Each of the hotel’s new floor landings showcase a striking photograph by Mary McCartney and the corridors are home to pieces inspired by the nature of Hyde Park and English technological innovations featured at the 1851 Great Exhibition. The hotel’s reception areas are home to a stunning polished aluminium sculpture by Fredrikson Stallard, while exquisite blown-glass pieces by San Min Lee, featuring Chinese pottery from the Ch’ing Dynasty, hang on either side of the newly created lobby lounge. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London also showcases two original floral wall features symbolising rebirth and the flow of energy.
Sitting between glorious parkland and the buzz of fashionable Knightsbridge, just a short walk from Harrods, the hotel effortlessly combines timeless heritage with contemporary flair and impeccable service for today’s sophisticated traveller.