Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
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Things that didn't work:
Domestic US air travel takes far more energy than it should. The move to "self-service" check-in which has no easy mechanism for sorting problems is a real headache. Baggage charges at every turn, even when paying for unaccompanied minors, left me feeling nickel and dimed.
Other than that the children say it was "a nice trip and perfect and exactly what I wanted it to be"
Oh London! Such a big city so full of possibilities, people, and land marks. London is the most impressive city I've ever been to....And it's where I found my heart. When I arrived in London it was about 5 o clock in the evening. I spent the afternoon in Paris waiting for the train, and the night before on the train from Barcelona. Shortly after, I had my first experience with the tube,-London's main public transportation source. Barcelona had prepared me for this, where ...
... died a few days after he fainted at his 11th birthday party.
I found the rooms featuring Queen Victoria most interesting - one dedicated to her childhood (she lived in the palace as a child, and was there when the news came that her uncle had died and she was now queen, at the age of 18), one to her relationship with Albert (she had declared that she wouldn't marry for at least three or four years, but all that changed when she met him), another about his death ...
... at 2:00 so we got to hear it chime. We walked along the bridge and went to the aquarium. It was nice, but apparently Dubai is bigger. We saw lots of fish, sharks, jellyfish, stingrays, penguins and alot more. When we first went in we walked over a glass platform which was pretty cool. You were walking over a sea of sharks an stingrays. We finished the aquarium at 3:00pm and came back to the motel room for a couple of hours ...
... has a flight curfew. I think I remember this from previous trips to the UK. There is no landing before 6:15 am. So we waited around Boston a bit, and then, still, we arrived early to London and watched the flight tracker as we circled London at least 3 times before landing.
So happy I arrived with British Pounds in hand. Made it much easier for catching the Tube to King's Cross. From there, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
My worst hotel stay ever. I have stayed in pretty much all the best hotels in the world and have never been treated with such 'miserly' respect. Maybe one has to be famous to get the expected 5 star treatment, but when you are paying > $400 for a room, you expect better than that. Small queen room, dirty hand marks on the ceiling, rusty screws in the bathroom wall where the telephone "once" was. Ashtrays and matches in both bedroom and bathroom. But I booked a non-smoking room and confirmed this at check-in. Called the front desk and asked if my room was smoking. She said yes. I said, fine, but I specifically requested (at checkin and on reservation form with LHW) a non smoking.
Okay if you are famous!
This hotel is overrated - rooms are dark , spa is OTT , gym is poor , but staff are good - but overall not in the same league as The Landmark.
My husband and stay here whenever we are in London because I like the location with Hyde Park behind for short walks and the shops on the other side. Since "luxury" London hotels are usually nicely packaged but not very good in terms of value and service, I would rate the Mandarin as one of the best in London because of its friendly and professional service. The hotel itself is wonderfully decorated and both its dining and spa outlets are very good. In particular, Foliage is pricey but excellent for lunch and dinner. However, since we frequently stay at Mandarin's sister hotels in Hong Kong and Bangkok as well, I must say that the London hotel is a notch below its Asian counterparts which are truly world-class.
If Heaven Was Only Like This
We spent the first night of married life here. The staff treated us like we were filmed stars. Speaking of which we literally bumped into two Hollywood A listers who were very friendly and didn't mind star struck honeymooners fawning all over them. The room was luxurious & the breakfast in bed the next morning was divine. Thoroughly recommended.
You will meet the starts here but the hotel gave me the clear feeling that they prefer to cater to them than to us mortals. I have stayed here several times since it is our corporate hotel and always prefered the les pretentious London charmers when not travelling with a group.
Brill place to stay!
Damn good place!
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Excellent location! Famous shops are all within walking distance. Felt like home with their warmth services.
Spectacular London lodging
While all the Mandarin Oriental hotels are outstanding, the London property is magnificent. Large luxurious rooms and incredible personalized service. It's hard to stay at other hotels when you have spent some time here.
I have stayed at all the top hotels in London (Claridges, Dorchester, Lanesborough, Savoy, Connaught, Berkeley, Ritz, etc.) and have settled on Mandarin Oriental as my favorite. The accomodations are impeccable, as is to be expected in this price range. But what really sets this location above its competition is the staff. They manage to be professional, charming, helpful and alacritous all without coming across as in any way stuffy. They really have perfected the provision of classic English service without the seemingly requisite dollop of pretense. I really love this hotel and it has become my destination of choice for my frequent trans-Atlantic excursions. The only other locations I would consider would be the Metropolitan (if I'm in a "chic" mood for some reason and decide to put up with the minimalist decor), Four Seasons (if my meetings are at Canary Wharf) or 22 Jermyn Street (if I'm travelling with a lady and want a more romantic atmosphere).
Luxury at its finest
While in London, I had the pleasure of staying at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. All of the stories I have heard about how luxurious this hotel is were true. My stay was extremely relaxing and I was cared for as if I were royalty. I highly recommend this hotel.