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Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Joins the Shortlist of London Hotels With Pools

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March 24, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

As long as the list of London hotels is, there aren’t that many that come with a proper pool, and between space restrictions and historic buildings, it’s not that easy to just add one in. The solution? Dig down, which is what Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park did to accommodate a new 17-meter (56 foot) twin-lane, stainless-steel pool, fitness centre and changing areas.

Like we’ve seen at Piccadilly, the busy streets of Knightsbridge give little away of what lies underneath. As you step into the marble-filled lobby of the hotel, take the stairs on the left towards the spa, where down the long corridor, the elevator can now take you a level further into the ground, provided you have a guest key to activate it (or have one of the limited and rather expensive memberships). Rather than having the hotel above you, it’s the palatial apartments of One Hyde Park, the Candy & Candy development that arrived a few years ago amid much publicity and more than a little bit of controversy as the symbol of what real estate in the city has come to.

The floors and walls around the pool area are clad in a deep charcoal stone, which makes for a nice contrast with the white of the ceiling and the blue of the water. The pool is anchored on one side by a piece of art, and on the other, while difficult to see in the first picture, a sheet of water cascading down in front of the windows.

This little relaxation area is just behind those windows, overlooking the pool, and behind it are two work stations with iMacs. A second area with more seating can be closed off for additional privacy.

The gym overlooks the pool and has all the latest Technogym equipment, as well as free weights and one of those fancy body analyzers to tell you exactly where yours is at. A personal trainer, both for a workout and a swim, can be arranged. Water, towels (normal and refrigerated), fresh fruit, and complimentary headsets are available.

We were intrigued by these futuristic looking things, also known as “4 Senses Loungers”, which as the name implies, give a multi-sensory experience of hear, see, feel, and smell: based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, a soundtrack plays while the colors change, together with soft vibrations and aromatherapy activating Chi, the energy of life.

As we were looking at these, we heard a soft crushing sound behind us, which came from this: a machine that produces crushed ice if you are in need of cooling off. Aside from all the other usual facilities you’d expect in the changing areas, the men’s has a sauna, while the women’s has a steam room.

Rooms at Mandarin Oriental start at around £420 (about $700) a night, which gives you a view of the Courtyard – if you’d like a view of the park that gives the hotel its name, that goes up to £600 (around $990).

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]

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