Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine
With bustling Knightsbridge on its doorstep and leafy Hyde Park at its rear, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has long been established as an unrivaled London address. And now with a brand new Royal Suite, setting a new standard in the capital and providing a home away from home for the world’s traveling elite, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is the definitive destination for a luxury escape.
Following an extensive renovation by RPW Interior Design, this prestigious suite opens in July 2010. Remaining true to its elegant Victorian architectural heritage but introducing a fresh, contemporary style, the expanded suite of 242 square meters has a distinctly residential feel, and includes a master bedroom and bathroom, separate living room, dining room and kitchen and two adjoining additional bedrooms all of which evoke a feeling of staying in a chic city apartment. Raised ceilings and streamlined furnishings encourage a light and spacious atmosphere, complemented by a sweeping balcony of a further 70 square meters that runs the length of the magnificent suite and is large enough to entertain up to 40 guests in the summer months.
A unique partnership with the Halcyon Gallery allows for original artwork to be showcased throughout The Royal Suite. These pieces, including an Issis Sculpture in the living room which mimics the one in Hyde Park, and tribal African sculpture on the terrace, will be exchanged regularly and guests will also have the opportunity to purchase any desired artwork.
In Mandarin Oriental’s true, signature style, the finest quality is reflected in the detailing of the suite. From the ornate Maya Romanoff wallpaper in deep aubergine in the lobby area to the bespoke, double-tiered rock crystal chandelier in the dining room, a feeling of warmth and opulence resides throughout. A fully catered breakfast, lunch or dinner in the private dining room can be prepared by staff through the discreet use of the adjoining kitchen. The space is equally equipped to be used as a meeting room with the latest Bang & Olufsen technological sound and audio visual systems, cleverly concealed by antique mirror panels with a crystal rose embossed detailing.
The restored original fireplace in the lounge area is complemented by a reclaimed oak timber floor. Bespoke furniture makers Based Upon have developed a platinum-topped coffee table specially designed for Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, which sits on a hand tufted Veedon Fleece rug in front of a private bar.
The master bedroom includes an extensive walk in wardrobe with separate male and female areas. The female vanity area is framed by Lalique crystal lights, while the pièce de résistance in the master bedroom sits above the bed in the form of a convex mirror, designed to creatively reflect yet distort the park views. A unique collection of original 18th century Chinese paintings illustrating a variety of Chinese junks adorn the remaining wall space.
The master bathroom, with its exquisite use of soft pink Rosa Egeo marble and marble mosaic, is fitted with a bespoke shower and steam room made by Schletterer. Guests have a choice of different shower experiences, including ‘Thunder and Tropic Water’. The large bath in the center of the room sits below a fiber optic chandelier to evoke the mood of falling water.
Staying at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is an experience to cherish. The hotel is committed to exceeding guests’ expectations on a daily basis, ensuring individual attention and exceptional, unrivaled service from warm and friendly staff. Dedicated Guest Services Managers are also on hand to take care of every need large or small, from unpacking bags and running a bath on arrival to suggesting suitable city excursions.