May 30, 2018
A US$76 million restoration has been completed at London's Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, which is adjacent to Hyde Park in the Knightsbridge neighborhood. The property originally opened as a gentlemen's club in 1889 and has operated as a hotel since 1902. In 1996, Mandarin Oriental purchased the property -- which has a special entrance reserved only for the Queen of England -- and the recent project aimed to return the hotel to its original grandeur.

Each of the 181 guest rooms and suites were redone under the direction of designer Joyce Wang, whose choices incorporate art deco-inspired features like carefully curated artwork and custom-designed furniture, as well as new amenities. In suites, for instance, Wang has placed record players with vintage vinyl collections, yoga mats for private practice, and reading libraries curated by  London bookseller Heywood Hill.

Wang also designed two new penthouse suites, which will debut in July with private terraces and extensive park views, as well as the hotel's revitalized public areas, including its lobby and inner courtyard. The former features an open flower blossom chandelier and the latter a new green living wall.

Joining Wang on the project was New York City-based designer Adam D. Tihany, who oversaw a "light" refurbishment of the hotel's restaurants. He also handled a makeover of the spa, which features 13 treatment rooms, an Oriental Suite with two massage beds and a Rasul water temple, a room designed for Chinese medicine consultations and treatments, a mani-pedi studio, and two rooms designed for beauty treatments.

Scheduled for completion in July, the final piece of the renovation is a soft refurbishment of the hotel's meeting spaces, which totals nearly 7,000 square feet and can accommodate groups of up to 650 guests.