Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London has appointed Amanda Hyndman as its new general manager. She returns to Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group as GM of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, as well as area vice president operations with responsibility for Mandarin Oriental, Munich and Mandarin Oriental, Prague.
Hyndman brings with her 26 years of general manager experience in the luxury hotel industry, including five years at the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. Other roles during her ten years with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group include GM of Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC and The Excelsior, Hong Kong. Prior, Hyndman worked for Hilton International, Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts (including The Waldorf London), and Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, where she was its first female and youngest-ever general manager.
A British National, Hyndman is a holder of the Freedom of the City of London, and is a Master Innholder, a Fellow of the Hotel & Catering International Management Association, a patron of Springboard and is a past president of La Reunion des Gastronomes.
Hyndman will be replacing Gerard Sintes, who relocated from Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London back to Spain, where he was GM of the award-winning Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona for four years. In his new role as general manager of Hotel Ritz, Madrid, he will assume responsibility for the hotel’s renovation and rebranding. As area vice president operations, Sintes will also oversee the Barcelona property.
Earlier this year, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London had a fire break out in a courtyard in between two wings, resulting in the temporary closure of the hotel. It was reported that everyone—all guests and staff—made their way out safely. The hotel remains closed, although the damage was mainly been confined to the exterior courtyard of the hotel with limited impact on the interiors. Repairs are underway, the hotel reports, as are the continued renovations, which includes two new penthouses with terraces overlooking the park. Mandarin Oriental expects a partial re-opening in the fourth quarter of 2018.