Built in 1880, the Mandarin Oriental welcomes you with one of the most exuberantly Victorian facades in town, then fast-forwards you to high-trend modern London, thanks to striking and luxurious guest rooms filled with high-tech gadgets. Legendary British chef and "food alchemist" Heston Blumenthal oversees the restaurant, or there's New York–based Daniel Boulud's French brasserie, Bar Boulud. There's a butler on every floor, should you, for example, need assistance
with the pillow menu (yes, really). For the 99% of us who can't afford to stay here, cocktails in the Mandarin Bar offers a glamorous (and surprisingly relaxed) taste of London high society.
Dec 17, 2014
Recently (November, 2014), had the privilege of another satisfying work-related stay at this gracious hotel. (In the interest of full disclosure, should add that my current work does entail corporate stays at various properties under the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, mostly within Asia; do count me as "a fan" of the MOHG.) My MO London lodging entailed an upgrade to a Hyde Park Junior Suite; have experienced this category during prior
business stays, fine as ever. A rather rushed London business stay, but the MO London handled all with aplomb. Some special friends, management and staff at this cherished hotel. Savour your MO London times.
Sep 11, 2011
My recent - and first - business stay at this splendid hotel was simply magical. Four evenings of pleasure and fine service; the three days of meetings went by rather quickly. Upon hotel arrival (I had travelled to the property via train and finally taxi from a brief family holiday in Scotland), I was warmly greeted by staff and enjoyed an efficient, personal and private check-in. (They had a file of my stays - business and leisure - at her
sister property in Bangkok, including some of my preferences.) My upgrade to a Hyde Park view room (not requested, but a delight nonetheless) proved to be most satisfactory. Extremely quiet with great broadband; perfect for my work. My days and evenings of meetings and working dinners did not allow for much time to savour the property's amenities, but will say the hotel's Mandarin Bar did have a most attractive and well dressed clientele the evenings I did have time for a libation with a colleague. Morning meals at the hotel consisted of room service after early exercise in Hyde Park. Upon completion of meetings, efficient check-out, then off to LHR for another superb Singapore Airlines flight to our home in SIN. Fine and productive business stay at a great city hotel. I remain partial to her sister in Bangkok (enormous personal and professional reasons involved), but wouldn't hesitate to return for either business or pleasure. (In fact, it appears this property will be a quarterly business visit for the foreseeable future; no complaints from me.) Many thanks and deepest gratitude to wonderful staff and new friends at a special London hotel.