The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park reopens in its entirety today following last summer’s fire, and The Resident heads straight for the penthouse suites
All photography © Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
The hotel had just announced an extensive renovation before a fire – caused when a spark from welding work caught the felt lining of a living wall – damaged the roof and several floors. But the world-renowned brand has bounced back once again, reopening fully today after relaunching its public areas in December.
Honouring its illustrious 117-year history, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has launched a series of special packages and promotions including a Stay Like Sir Winston Churchill – a frequent guest – package, an historical exhibition, celebratory cocktails and afternoon tea.
Plus, the penthouses – there are two – are something else. Choose from the two-bed Mandarin Penthouse, with east and north-facing terraces, or the one-bed Oriental Penthouse, with west and north-facing terraces.
Alternatively, you can join the two together, creating the three-bed Mandarin Oriental Penthouse with a whopping five alfresco terraces. And the interiors, overseen by internationally renowned designer Joyce Wang, are plush, velvety and as spectacular as you’d expect, take a peek:
Having first opened its doors in 1899, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park was originally an exclusive block of apartments for affluent gentlemen.
It wasn’t until 1902 that the building opened as a hotel, complete with its own private Royal Entrance.
The hotel was an overnight success, welcoming royalty, celebrities and politicians alike. Sir Winston Churchill frequented the place, and you can learn all about his eventful visits by visiting the hotel’s If Walls Could Talk exhibition located next to Bar Boulud.
The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has three outstanding restaurants and two Michelin stars
Go all in and opt for the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park’s Stay like Sir Winston Churchill package, a playful tribute to his bon viveur that references a number of these stories.
The package, priced from £690) includes a full English breakfast for two, a bottle of Pol Roger champagne (Churchill’s favourite), served in your room, two Vices & Virtues cocktails in the Mandarin Bar, and a framed photograph of Churchill arriving at the hotel.
You’ll also get two chocolate cigars, a novel nod to Churchill offering two cigars to the Room Service Team in exchange for an early breakfast delivery.
To eat and drink, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has three outstanding restaurants and two Michelin stars, with the jewel in the crown being Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, one of the world’s most celebrated restaurants.
Find out more at mandarinoriental.com