Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
This Mandarin Oriental outpost sits between London’s Belgravia neighborhood and Hyde Park, near various shops and restaurants. Though you’ll be tempted to dine off-site after exploring the area’s attractions, past guests said Dinner by Heston Blumenthal’s British-inspired cuisine and The Rosebery Lounge’s afternoon tea service cannot be missed.
Bar Boulud’s French bistro fare and the Mandarin Bar’s cocktails also received rave reviews, as did the hotel’s spa, where guests can relax with a treatment in one of eight treatment rooms or enjoy the amethyst crystal steam rooms, fitness center, two-lane lap pool and internet lounge with touchscreen computers. However, some previous visitors warned that customer service throughout the hotel is spotty and that some areas appear worn.
To address the latter issue, the property is renovating its rooms and facilities through 2018 (and the hotel is remaining open during construction). Older rooms and suites feature traditional decor with gold tones and colorful accent chairs and pillows, while newer accommodations (which can be booked for stays starting in mid-2017) have neutral interiors that boast upscale details like gilded mirror artwork, custom Onyx chandeliers and Volakas marble bathrooms. All come with pillow menus, televisions and work desks.
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