Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
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The boys woke up early again and slipped down for breakfast. I joined them a bit later and enjoyed my eggs and beans for the last morning. They made another trip to Igor the espresso guy and then we got to work packing. We had to wear our fancy clothes all day as our check out was 11am and we had a fancy lunch date! After storing our bags at the …
We had to get up exceptionally early (6:30!) to get to Gare du Nord to catch our Eurostar train to London. There was a man in front of us at the border guard who was trying to get on the train without a passport, so that held us up for several minutes. I thought this might be an unusual predicament, but there were two other guys there who also didn …
... that will shortly change with a night out on the town in Glasgow ahead of us. Family harmony has been well ahead of planning which is very surprising considering the amount of sleep we all had. Hopefully this is a good omen for the rest of the trip.
Jesse's reflections on London are as follows :
What do you think of London? - It is great.
What do you like about it - The lift that goes straight into our ...
... Huxley in there! Can't wait to go check out his papers around the corner tomorrow at Imperial College London. I have been in touch with the archivist there this week and she seems very helpful.
All else is pretty good. Mom I'm planning on a double decker ride soon, I promise. It's got to stop raining, ugh! And hopefully I'll fit some other stuff in in the next couple of days ...
... up and it was now actually raining. We went to see a 4D movie about the London Eye for a few minutes to kill some time and hope that the rain would calm down. It finally did and we walked towards Big Ben so I could atleast get one picture and then we took the tube back to the flats. When we got back, I packed up my stuff and got ready to leave in a couple hours. Of course my taxi was late and that was a real hassle but I made it to the airport ...
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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.