Earlier this year , I stayed at a sister property of the Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, and I checked out of the hotel so smitten, wanting to experience another Mandarin Oriental hotel.
This ‘hotel bucket list’ was completed on my recent trip to London.
The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London is one of the timeless bases you can have when visiting the British capital.
As the name itself says, Hyde Park is just behind the hotel. And just in front of the hotel is Knightsbridge.
Knightsbridge station is a minute’s walk away from the hotel.
Harvey Nichols is just in front, with Harrods, Sloane St and Royal Albert Hall within walking distance.
Our cab hadn’t even fully stopped at the hotel facade and the dashing doormen in bright red coats are already approaching, their faces eager to welcome us.
And welcome us they did, not only carrying our luggage but also ushering us to reception for check-in.
Overall service was very warm and welcoming, someone always asking how my day was and if I needed help with my itinerary for the day.
The enthusiasm in the service never faded even on check-out.
It was November when I visited London so the weather was chilly. Once I entered the hotel, I felt a warm embrace engulf me. It was great to be cocooned from the cold weather outside. And though the entryway was rather dark, a friendly figure greeted me on the left.
It’s good old Paddington bear, one of the 50 Paddington Beats around London , part of Visit London’s The Paddington Trail campaign.
There is no proper ‘front lobby’ to speak, the check-in desks are discreetly located around the corner.
The hallways are quite ornate with chandeliers and heavy curtains. I noticed that the hallways reeked of smoke/ cigar smell (we must have been in a smoking leve- 5th floorl), but once we entered the room, it was like being in a different world and atmosphere.
We were checked in at the Mandarin Junior Suite
Lots of natural light in the room, which I really enjoyed. The flatscreen tv was from Bang & Olufsen, which has the cool feature of the screen reverting back to its original angle when you switch the tv off.
There’s a generous sized working desk, and even more generous and impressive is the size of their wardrobe – spanning an entire wall (seen on video).
The beds were really comfortable and proved very useful at the end of a busy day where I’d just flop down and watch tv.
Wi-Fi was complimentary and I did enjoy the welcome box of chocolates.
A hotel bathroom can never go wrong with white and grey marbling. The fixtures had a very vintage style and finish.
I liked the huge windows in the bathroom and gives the room great natural light. There’s also a mini plastic vent in the window and it was good to get a little bit of air. Even during autumn/fall, it can get quite hot with the direct sunlight.
My first-world bit of frustration was the sink and mirror distance. If you notice from the photo above, there’s quite a wide gap between the edge of the sink and the mirror, and even the extendable makeup mirror can only go as far. Not an issue to lose hair about but it made applying makeup quite tricky unless you have an extremely long torso ( I did warn you this was a petty thing!)
Breakfast at the Mandarin Oriental overlooks Hyde Park. During summer and warmer months, breakfast can be served outside in the garden too, which I’ve no doubt can be very pleasant.
A fair selection of cereal and continental breakfast. Lots of bread choices and you can also order ala carte.
Towards the end of our breakfast, we saw a horse parade go by.
It’s worth mentioning by the way that breakfast is held at the same restaurant venue as Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.
Just like my first Mandarin Oriental experience earlier this year, I was very pleased with my overall experience. The location and proximity to Harrods, Knightsbridge station and shopping are all a plus. I was able to leave my mom gallivanting on her own through the day (it was her first time in London) and she definitely enjoyed it.
On the service side, the food and beverage team at breakfast were really attentive despite the busy mornings, and the gentlemen in red coats who are quite the frontline of Mandarin Oriental really made the experience much more pleasant due to their friendliness and warm demeanor.
Tip: I do recommend this hotel and will stay here again, just be sure to request to be booked in a non-smoking level.
London SW1X 7LA, United Kingdom
The best available rate for a Courtyard Room at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park begins at GBP 366 a night
We were guests of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park but this has not influenced my views. ALL thoughts and opinions of this review are mine.