Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel, London, Photo, Location, Image, Design
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel
London Accommodation Building, Knightsbridge, West End, England, UK
5 May 2007
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Address: 66 Knightsbridge
Status: 5-star hotel
Location: north side of Knightsbridge, opposite Harvey Nichols, south of Hyde Park
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
Address: 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Ohone: 020 7235 2000
This is a five-star hotel, located in the Knightsbridge district of London, owned and managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Housed in an historic, Edwardian-style building, the hotel originally opened its doors to the public as the Hyde Park Hotel in 1902. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group purchased the hotel in 1996 and conducted a complete renovation of the 198 rooms and suites, as well as a re-design of the restaurants and bar. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London re-opened in May 2000.
Overlooking London’s Hyde Park on one side and Knightsbridge on the other, the hotel was originally built in 1889 as an exclusive ‘Gentleman’s Club’.
The project, originally known as Hyde Park Court, was announced in August 1887 but was delayed by endless planning disagreements, the most notable dispute being the proposed height of the development, which was to be the tallest building in London. Outraged residents feared a shadow would be cast over the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park and they threatened to force the builders to reduce the number of floors by putting up a wooden barrier which would block the light to the lower floors. An unsuccessful Bill was brought before Parliament to reduce the restriction of buildings from 100 feet to 60 feet, and so the original design of the hotel remained.
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