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.