As Matt Simmons croones over the radio waves during my Uber journey into town from LGA, “There’s a place I go to; Where no one knows me; It’s not lonely; It’s a necessary thing.” I think of my destination and happily relax in anticipation of the next few days.
For I have been coming to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in NYC on and off over the past decade. Although it’s been a few years now and anyone who may have recognised me from before is surely long gone. And that’s the point. I love the anonymity of NYC. Yup, it’s my kind of town alright and this weekend a visit here could be deemed more than necessary for my soul, essential in fact.
For I’ve been missing some serious culture, some contemporary and innovative food, some great shopping, some fresh ideas, well…some new grooves. And this particular hotel, above all others in the city, offers up a whole lot of all that, from way up on high. With the lobby located on the 35th floor of this, the Time Warner Center building, the rooms and suites (198 and 46 respectively) each have a glorious skyline, Hudson River or Central Park view.
And all those things I mentioned missing just a moment ago are here within a one block radius, luckily, as today was too cold to walk even a few streets over to Lincoln Center. So, I picked up a little black dress at Hugo Boss in the ‘mall’ downstairs and some shoes from Stuart Weitzman one floor below and off I went to dinner at Per Se (two floors up) where I was wowed by the whole experience before making my way over to listen to some jazz at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola next door.
According to my iPhone, I walked just 800 steps on that day. OK, that’s probably not a good thing. So to make up for it, I ‘speed-walked’ to Bloomingdale’s and back, along 57th Street at the base of Central Park when the sun finally came out the next morning. I love NY…
- Early check-in / Late check-out
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- Room upgrade at time of booking
- Subject to availability, maximum upgrade level of accommodation applies
- Daily breakfast for two
- Continental breakfast
- Food & Beverage credit
- USD100.00 credit to be used during your stay, not valid in Asiate restaurant or in-room dining
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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