The Top 10 New Resorts for 2003: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

For more than 100 years, princes and princesses, maharajas and sultans, presidents and prime ministers have visited this London landmark. Royal family members have been frequent guests: Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret learned to dance in the ballroom; Prince Philip hosted polo parties here; Princess Anne and Prince Charles came to tea.

And today, the Mandarin Oriental remains the place to stay in London. Step out onto your balcony and look down on leafy Hyde Park or fashionable Knightsbridge shops. Outside, the energy of one of the world’s great cities hums. But inside your private retreat, peace and calm reign.

Your suite—whether you choose the aptly named Royal Suite; the Churchill Suite, where the great statesman once stayed; or any of the other spacious, tastefully decorated accommodations—offers a private terrace, a marble bathroom, and a host of thoughtful amenities. The ingredients for a perfect Bloody Mary, fresh fruit, chocolates, and Champagne await your arrival. Heated racks keep plush oversize towels cozy and warm; Frette linens and goose-down pillows assure a restful sleep. The attentive staff caters to your every whim—unpacking your suitcases, delivering your favorite magazine, and stocking minibars with your choice of snacks or beverages.

After being purchased by the Mandarin Oriental group, the hotel recently reopened with a new Michelin-starred restaurant, Foliage; a sophisticated bar; and an acclaimed spa. Fully restored to all of its Victorian splendor, this is once again the city’s grandest hotel—just as it was a century ago.

CONCIERGE
Suites from $1,200 to $5,000 per room, per night. Custom luxury packages, including shopping, theater, dining, spa treatments, and more: from about $1,250 to $14,200 (per room, per night).
Contact +44.20.7235.2000 or 800.526.6566 www.mandarinoriental.com

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