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RENDER CITY:: First look at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Knightsbridge rooms

RENDER CITY:: First look at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Knightsbridge rooms

In August this year, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London will unveil the first phase of their extensive renovation (the largest in it's 115-year history), with the re-opening of the Knightsbridge-facing guest rooms and suites. Following the reveal of a dramatic new lobby entrance and reception area in January, the luxurious guest rooms and suites feature details inspired by the building’s Edwardian heritage and the natural beauty of Hyde Park. 
 
Internationally renowned interior designer, Joyce Wang, commissioned to oversee the overall design concept, sought inspiration from the royal park, and was influenced by the glamour of the early 20th century’s Golden Age of travel. These include curated artworks and custom-designed furniture that together create a warm and inviting environment in each of the rooms and suites.

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Light and contemporary, each room has a unique and individual layout, featuring alcoves, warm grey panelled walls and hand-gilded mirror artwork. Art Deco-inspired features and wildlife adornments are present throughout the space. All guest rooms offer generous wardrobe space and include Bower and Wilkins music player with Bluetooth connectivity, Nespresso coffee machine and tea making facilities, and a pillow menu as standard.  
 
Bathrooms feature Volakas marble with either a walk-in shower or a bath with an in-built shower. Miller Harris bathroom products and Jo Hansford hair are the chosen amenities.

The suites have their own individual layout and an elegant hallway entrance, a spacious and comfortable bedroom, separate walk-in closet and a living area furnished with a velvet-upholstered sofa, wing-back reading chairs and a leather-topped writing desk. The living room’s centrepiece is a striking gold and crackled glass bespoke acorn chandelier, inspired by Hyde Park. Bespoke Fromenthal wallpaper, horsehair light sconces and gloss painted patterns that reference the horse-riding paths through Hyde Park are all part of the new design. Knightsbridge Suites come with a curated library of hand-picked books by renowned Mayfair publishers, Heywood Hill, which first opened in 1936, for guests to enjoy suites.

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FIRST DAY: The Ned showcase their new bell boy on the big screen

FIRST DAY: The Ned showcase their new bell boy on the big screen

GET AWAY: MUJI Launch New Travel Pod Concept

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