Mandarin Oriental Grand Opening Delayed

The grand opening of the city’s most luxurious hotel and condominium complex, Mandarin Oriental Boston, will be delayed by at least two months so developers can repair damage from a fire last month.

The Boylston Street hotel complex, which includes stores and restaurants, will now open in “early fall, 2008,” the Boston developer of the $250 million project, CWB Boylston, said yesterday. The Mandarin, which will house new digs for the restaurant L’Espalier, had been scheduled to open in July.

Developers said the complex’s opening primarily had to be delayed because many of the items that were damaged by the fire were unique and custom made, including stonework from Israel and India, cabinets from Montreal, and wool carpets from the United Kingdom.

“Replacement of those items entails extraordinary lead times for reordering and reinstalling,” CWB Boylston said…..

On March 10, a fire swept through the Mandarin’s spa and fitness center on the fourth floor, causing smoke damage in the fitness area and about a dozen of the surrounding hotel rooms.


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