Check out Knightsbridge’s Mandarin Oriental’s refurbishment as it reopens after summer fire
A luxury London hotel is set to open its doors next week after months of renovation following a major fire last summer.
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The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, which has been closed since June in the wake of a huge blaze that damaged the hotel, has unveiled its newly-furnished rooms ahead of its reopening on Monday.
The five-star hotel has already had its spa, restaurants, event spaces and public spaces open since early December, but the hotel has not been taking guests since the blaze.
Among the new accommodation is two newly created penthouse suites.
The fire, which was put out by 120 firefighters and 20 engines, came a week after the hotel underwent its "most extensive restoration in its 115-year history".
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Among the 36 hotel guests which were evacuated at the time was singer Robbie Williams, who recalled: "I went on the balcony and looked up and there was just billows and billows of smoke."
Several days after the inferno the London Fire Brigade said: "The fire is believed to have been caused by the by-product of arc welding landing on the felt lining of the planting facade."