Urban Sleuth :
March 7, 2012
Mandarin Oriental Moves into The Mansion on Peachtree
By James Oxendine
Buckhead will add another 5-star property to its hotel roster when the Mandarin Oriental hotel group takes over management of The Mansion on Peachtree next month. What can we expect? We’re guessing a star chef, a signature Mandarin Oriental spa experience with pampering treatments from the Orient, impeccable service and, of course, loads of luxury.
It’s goodbye Dallas and hello Hong Kong, as the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has reportedly signed a contract to takeover Rosewood Hotel's Mansion on Peachtree property. The change will take place in May. The Atlanta Business Chronicle broke the news earlier this week: www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2012/03/05/mandarin-to-manage-the-mansion.html.
It’s worth noting that the Mandarin group originally had their sights set on constructing a sleek, $285 million-dollar glass tower in Midtown in 2007. The interiors were to be designed by local firm Hirsch Bedner & Associates. But Mandarin Oriental pulled out when the economy took a tumble. The Mansion project represents something of a local comeback for this Hong Kong-based hotel icon, which has 40 hotels in 26 countries. The Mandarin Oriental will undoubtedly bring a haute level of hospitality to Atlanta with its stellar service and world-class spas and restaurants—the latter helmed by the likes of Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and Heston Blumenthal.
The $250 million Mansion on Peachtree opened in May of 2008 as a 127-room, five-star hotel operated by Dallas-based Rosewood, with 45 large, luxury condominiums. The limestone statement tower was designed by starchitect Robert A.M. Stern. However, The Mansion struggled during the economic downturn and the hotel portion was foreclosed on in 2010.
Now, Atlanta will boast an international hotel brand that calls cities like Tokyo, New York, Boston, Singapore, Miami, Riviera Maya, Barcelona, Kuala Lumpur, Paris and Prague home. No official word yet from the Mandarin Oriental hotel group, but stay tuned to LuxeCrush for future updates and detail as they emerge.
THIS JUST IN: MARCH 14, 2012
An article on Forbes.com inteviewing the president of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group's Americas division, Terry L. Stinson, reports that not many changes are planned for the Mansion's classic but modern decor. However, Stinson says Atlantans can expect to see changes to the hotel's restaurants and bars ( Stinson did not elaborate on what, if anything, this means about the fate of the planned Del Frisco's Grille in the former Craft space). According to the Forbes story the hotel's 25 private residences will be rebranded as The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta) and the spa space (currently Lydia Mondavi's 29 Spa) will become a Mandarin Oriental Spa, as we predicted, offfering the brand's signature treatments from the Orient.
See our related story about Texas-based Del Frisco’s Grille moving into the former Craft space at The Mansion on Peachtree property. Del Frisco’s seems an odd match for the more global sensibility of Mandarin Oriental, but so far the Del Frisco’s Grille is still slated for the space. www.luxecrush.com/grazing/article/this-just-in-del-friscos-grille-to-inhabit-former-craft-atlanta-space