Embrace culture, history and heritage at Mandarin Oriental Hotels

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group aims to constantly create immersive experiences that blend local history and culture with each destination’s unique character. To pay homage to existing establishments and give them a new life, Mandarin Oriental has transformed a series of centuries-old historic buildings into exciting new destinations by adding modern aesthetics while preserving local touches. Here are some of the Mandarin Oriental hotels that honor the heritage of its iconic buildings.

Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern


 





Following the meticulous renovation of this iconic palace, Lucerne’s iconic Belle Époque landmark has re-opened as Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern on 24 September 2022. The architects have delivered a contemporary design, inspired by the legendary beauty of the surrounding Swiss landscapes, while preserving the rich history and heritage of this landmark Belle Époque building. One of the four recently refurbished venues, Salon Alpine, for instance, is a hidden historical gem with original Belle Époque décor dating back to 1906 and the Edelweiss Ballroom, which offers unparalleled lake and garden views.

Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid

Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid is a luxury Belle Époque palace located in the Golden Triangle of Art of Madrid. Their much-anticipated reopening in 2021 comes after the most ambitious and extensive restoration in the iconic property’s 110-year history. Originally designed and built under the supervision of legendary hotelier César Ritz, the hotel first opened its doors in 1910. Over the years, it has been carefully restored, enhancing its facilities and services while preserving the unique Belle Époque character of the original building. The hotel's design represented the important part it played in society and culture. The restaurant, for instance, has a private dining room where groups of up to 10 individuals can dine in complete seclusion. Condesa Masslov is the name of the hidden chamber; it was the identity used by Dutch snoop Margaretha Geertruida MacLeod, better known as Mata Hari, while she was a guest at the hotel in 1916.

Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London


Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is expanding its presence in London with the opening of Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London this winter. Sitting on historic Hanover Square, in the heart of London’s most stylish neighbourhoods, where fashion, media, art, and business intersect, the new property is a discreet, sleek and intimate sister property to the award-winning Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. The building’s design has a rich historic context, given its location on the corner of Mayfair’s oldest square. The interior design of the hotel’s public spaces was inspired by Curiosity, a Tokyo-based studio with their concept of ‘a hub of nature and art’. Along with featuring artworks by local British artists with one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, the 50 bedrooms and suites also adopting a British design inspired by the hotel’s renowned location in the centre of London as a tribute to the hotel’s oriental heritage and artistic neighbours.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

If walls could talk, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London would have many stories to tell. The building was commissioned in the late 1880s; however construction was initially delayed due to fears that its height would cast a shadow over the Serpentine. It finally opened in 1889 as an exclusive block of apartments for affluent bachelors, before opening as a hotel with its own private Royal Entrance in 1902. Since then, many honoured guests have passed through the hotel, and for several years after the Second World War it was the headquarters of the SAS.



The redesign of all guest rooms and suites, along with the creation of the hotel’s new Penthouses, were inspired by the glamour of the early 20th century’s Golden Age of travel. The hotel has also compiled some outstanding art portfolio with corridors showcasing photographs of Hyde Park and English technological innovations featured in the 1851 Great Exhibition. The momentous renovation is designed to ensure this iconic London establishment is recognised as one of the finest hotels in the world, and they welcome all the guest with kind and intuitive service that is truly British but reflective of their Oriental heritage.

Mandarin Oriental, Prague

One of Europe’s great cultural centres, Prague is home to many beautiful buildings, vibrant theatres and impressive art galleries that somehow managed to survive war, revolution and economic turmoil down the centuries. Mandarin Oriental, Prague is an intimate hotel located in a former fourteenth century Dominican monastery set amidst the palaces and gardens of Prague’s historic Malá Strana. With a former Renaissance chapel housing the award-winning Spa, the Spices Restaurant and Bar offering authentic Asian fares and original cocktails, and understated contemporary design blending local history with modern luxury, the hotel is a private oasis of sophistication and style in the very heart of Central Europe’s most beautiful city. Guests will discover the hotel is itself a fine example of Prague architecture, and exudes great tranquility.
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