Beautiful Destination: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
Besides the stunning use of red brick on its facade, this place also holds an interesting history.
Take a moment to admire this picturesque setting at the hotel's loggia, then scroll down for eight facts about the hotel that you may find fascinating.
🍁 The original building was built in 1889 as an exclusive "gentleman's club", with the main entrance facing Hyde Park.
🍁 At the time it was also the tallest building in London at 100 feet high (about 9 story by today's standard).
🍁 The Franco-Flemish style architecture uses plenty of red brick and Portland stone and has loggias (exterior corridors) to provide lounging space that overlooks the park.
🍁 A fire struck the property in 1899, and in 1902 it reopened as "Hyde Park Hotel", the newest and the most luxurious hotel in London.
🍁 But the hotel opened with a new entrance facing Knightsbridge instead of Hyde Park -- due to royal request that the side facing the park would only be reserved for royal use or very special occasions.
🍁 The new main entrance of the building now faces Knighsbridge, opposite Harvey Nichols and a short walk from Harrods.
🍁 In 2000, the property reopened as "Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park" after extensive restoration.
🍁 In September 2016 it began another 18-month restoration to keep up its 5-star standard. The first phase on the front-facing rooms completed last month, and now the work has moved to the back of the building, which is expected to finish in Spring 2018.