One of the most exclusive hotels in the world is to reopen again the following refurbishment after a fire devastated the building last year.
When a luxury hotel spends £100 million on a refurbishment, it’s worth paying attention to it. Although it was forced upon by the fire, which happened in June 2018 when the paint was barely dry on its long-awaited renovation.
The five-star hotel had only been open a week when welding work apparently sparked a blaze that led to the hotel’s evacuation and required more than 100 firefighters to put it out.
Thankfully, no one was hurt, and fire damage was apparently relatively minor, but it closed the hotel for a further nine months, meaning very few guests actually glimpsed its new appearance.
With doors re-opening once again this month, visitors can once again experience the latest, opulent chapter in a hotel that’s been serving the UK capital since 1902.
Another big change is the spa, it’s now home to 13 individual treatment rooms, an “Oriental Suite” with two massage beds and something called a Rasul water temple a steam room used for skin conditioning treatments.
The refurbishment has also redeveloped, what the hotel describes as a “light refurbishment” of the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal plus the other eating spaces, including the 1920s-themed Rosebery and Bar Boulud.
During the past 9 months, the ground floor was still open including the bar, a very popular spot with tourists who frequent London, whilst shopping in Knightsbridge.
The Mandarin, which was simply known as the Hyde Park Hotel until it was acquired by the luxury brand in 1996, has hosted numerous notables including wartime leader Winston Churchill.
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