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Mandarin Oriental New York

New York

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Edit 23 Jan 2020-24 Jan 2020 (0 guests)

Location is everything. Of course, it is New York, so you’ll be out and about around town when you’re here, but if a blizzard (for example) happens to take place and prevents you from venturing outdoors, then the Mandarin Oriental, New York is one hotel in town where you’ll be happy to stay indoors.

We say this because it’s situated inside the all-encompassing Time Warner Centre at Columbus Circle; you’ll want for nothing here. To begin, you can watch the supposed storm and other events unfold outside through the vast windows of the hotel lobby located on the 35th floor of the building which looks out over Columbus’ statue and the lower end of Central Park.

But that’s not the only reason you’ll be happy to be here. Starting with the bare necessities – food and beverage – within the hotel itself there are some superb drinking and dining options. Crafty cocktails and more – high tea even – are available in the circular lobby lounge, The Aviary, where you’re never far from all the action. More sultry and secluded is The Office, the hotel’s official bar. The restaurant, Asiate, serves fine food (and wine) à la carte or by choosing a fixed menu. And don’t miss brunch if you’re here on a weekend; the French-born chef knows how to stir up the senses, and the views from the restaurant are equally dazzling. Service is impeccable, bien sur.

A few steps away are some of NYC’s finest restaurants, located within the adjoining (an indoor passageway will get you there) Time Warner Center: Per Se, and Masa. And there are several others, not as high end, but certainly worth a visit. There’s superb shopping here, too, including names like Sephora, Coach, Cole Haan, Williams Sonoma, Amazon Books, Hugo Boss and many more. And there’s a jazz club; you get the picture.

Recreation in the hotel is fantastic. The spa reflects the hotel’s Asian heritage and treatments are sublime. There’s a huge indoor lap pool and a fantastic gym with a view. Yoga classes and personal training are extra.

When it comes to rooms, all have good views, although the furnishings, it must be said, are outdated. Bathrooms, while large and marble, are screaming out for a refurb. If you opt for a suite, however, none of the above applies – they’re magnificent.

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    How to get here

    50 minutes by road from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport

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    244 rooms & suites


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