Mandarin Oriental New York, hotel review, March 30 2006

When one of Asia’s leading hotel groups, known for its impeccable customer service, hits New York, the result is bound to be both dramatic and luxurious.

Hotel exterior

The Mandarin Oriental New York opened in December 2003 and is unique in a city where boxy boutique hotels or grand Gotham splendour reign supreme. Located in the Time Warner centre overlooking Central Park, the 251-room hotel is 250ft above ground and is all about views – and we’re talking those mesmerising, iconic NYC skyline views from every angle.

Entering the hotel lobby is a breathtaking experience in itself, as it looks over the park and the city, which is framed by a wall-to-ceiling windowscape, best enjoyed by taking afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge (be sure to make a reservation).

The hotel’s restaurant, Asiate, is also a top culinary destination in Manhattan. WGSN’s US senior editor editor, Helen Job, says it’s one of her favourite spots in the city, serving up French-Japanese fare with booth-seating options and floor-to-ceiling windows.

There’s also a 14,500sq ft holistic spa in the hotel, including a snazzy fitness centre and a 75ft lap pool, providing surreal skyline views for those doing their daily backstroke lengths. The spa works on a unique time basis, where clients book a block of time rather than a specific treatment and are able to discuss their requirements with a spa therapist first.

But what about the rooms? There’s a contemporary look to the hotel, mixing sleek Asian chic with a touch of the exotic oriental heritage that Mandarin Oriental is known for, and this applies to the 203 deluxe rooms and the 48 suites. All rooms have views from high above Central Park, the Hudson River or the Manhattan skyline. There are LCD televisions in each room, with CD and DVD facilities, laptop connections and high-speed Internet connections, as well as unique soaking tubs with views.

The hotel adjoins the Shops at Columbus Circle mall, and it’s a very short walk to all of the Midtown shopping areas.

This is an elegant hotel in a high price bracket, and the views, the location and the customer service are well worth it.

Mandarin Oriental
80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
Tel: +1 212 805 8800
Fax: +1 212 805 8888

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