Upon entering our suite we were greeted with a huge bed, made up with silky sheets and fluffy pillows. Floor to ceiling windows offer up lovely views of Hyde Park, where if you’re lucky you can catch a glimpse of the Royal Horse Guards passing by on their way to Buckingham Palace in the morning. There is a small lounge area complete with a plush velvet sofa and a cosy fireplace, it’s the perfect spot for room service breakfast whilst reading the paper in your thick terry robe and the comfiest hotel slippers I’ve come across, so good that I took both pairs home.
Furniture such as a free standing Art Deco-esque mini bar and framed artwork give the impression of a private apartment and I find myself thinking of ways I can incorporate elements of the room into my own home. Bathrooms are clad in head to toe marble with double sinks, an oversized shower and deep bath. Even the toilets have heated seats and multiple buttons, a novelty that doesn’t wear off for the entire stay. No detail is over looked.
The hotel is home to the award winning 2 Michelin star Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, for which the menu looks incredible, however, we dined in the less formal Bar Boulud, a French-style bistro from chef Daniel Boulud, his only one in the city. The casual restaurant offers up well loved classics from French onion soup to steak frites with a wide selection of wines to wash it down with. For an evening tipple head to the chic Mandarin Bar, a welcoming space with its gold décor and comfy armchairs, a brilliant place to start the evening with a refreshing G&T or end the evening with a nightcap before retiring up to bed which is exactly what we did.
We woke the next day to room service before spending the morning swimming lengths and relaxing poolside in our fluffy robes whilst perusing the spa treatments. This extensive menu combines Mandarin Oriental’s own signature therapies as well as Traditional Chinese medicine, and the Podiatrist to the stars, Bastien Gonzalez for which his Pedi:Mani:Cure treatment has a waitlist as long as your arm!
THE CHECK OUT
ACCOMMODATION CATEGORY: Luxury Hotel
ROOM PICK: Any, but rooms facing Hyde Park have lovely views
RESTAURANT/BAR: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is one of the worlds most celebrated restaurants. Bar Boulud is great for more casual dining
FEEL: Modern luxe with historic charm
RATES: Starting from £840 per night
POOL/GYM/SPA: There’s a full service spa and pool, treatments include everything from traditional Chinese medicine to facials and massage
LOCATION: Knightsbridge, London
THINGS TO KNOW: The Royal Horse Guards pass by the hotel on their way to Buckingham Palace each morning. If you have a Hyde Park facing room you can see them right from your window