The Mandarin Oriental in New York is a five-star hotel in midtown Manhattan particularly in Time Warner Center at the Columbus Circle. It opened its doors in December 2003, offering clients 248 guest rooms and suites, and services for 64 residences. It is also the only hotel in Manhattan that operates a spa that has been recognized by the Forbes Five-Star, a reputable and trusted star rating service. When it comes to awards, the Mandarin Oriental New York also has its share of national and international awards. But are all these enough to make an impression or leave guests in awe?
Mandarin Oriental New York Location
Midtown Manhattan turns anyone’s imagination of New York into reality, with its spectacular skyscrapers and iconic buildings. Everywhere you turn, there is always something wonderful to see and visit, from the Empire State Building to the New York Public Library. It also showcases the hustle and bustle of the city often seen in films shot in New York. Take a walk around town to see Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, Art Deco and Koreatown.
The Time Warner Center where the Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York is located is bordered between Midtown and the Upper West Side. Surrounded with notable landmarks that have also evolved into tourist attractions, spending a night or two in the hotel would be very interesting. Guests don’t even have to go far to go sightseeing, shopping or take a gastronomic journey.
When the sun sets that is when the fun starts. Although Midtown Manhattan calms down after dark, the rest of the city stays alive.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Rooms
All 202 guest rooms and 46 suites of the Mandarin Oriental New York occupies the 35th to 54th floors of the Time Warner Center. Guests can choose among five types of rooms categorized based on the view from their window.
Skyline View Room
The Skyline View Rooms are on the 40th to 43rd floors. These comfortably sleep 3 persons on king or twin bed that occupies a 37-40 m2 area. Guests are greeted by the view of the Hudson River the moment they step inside.
Hudson River View Room
Spread across floors 45 to 54 of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York are the Hudson River View Rooms. As the name suggests, the rooms face the Hudson River, giving occupants an unobstructed view of the river.
Central Park View Room
Anyone who wants to wake up to the scenery of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline should stay at any of the Central Park View Room that is spread across floors 40 to 43. It has King beds that comfortably sleeps 3 people.
Premier Central Park View Room
Instead of the Manhattan skyline, guests staying at the Premier Central Park View Room of the Mandarin Oriental New York are treated to a breathtaking view of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan. Inside the 39 m2 floor space sits a King-sized bed and other amenities.
City View Room
Offering guests a choice between King and Twin beds, the City View Room can accommodate up to 3 persons. It offers a view of the Manhattan skyline.
For more discerning guests who have extra cash to burn, the Mandarin Oriental also offers 6 different suites.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Suites
Hudson River View Suite
From the window of this one-bedroom suite, guests can enjoy the view of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge. The luxuriously designed room has entertaining and relaxing amenities that guests would need, including a fast, high quality wired and wireless internet connection. But the real highlight is the luxurious bathroom with a large bathtub and walk-in shower.
Central Park View Suite
Offering an expansive view of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park is the Central Park View Suite. With an overall décor of 1940s style and a color palette of cream and brown, this particularly suite of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York exudes elegance and luxury. The Goose down bedding and luxurious linens by Fili D’Oro will make your stay the most comfortable.
Premier Central Park View Suite
With an option of connecting to another room, the Premier Central Park View Suite is not only suitable for business and leisure travelers, but families as well. The offer of a large bedroom, separate living room, spacious work area and luxurious bathroom, definitely makes this suite a wonderful choice of accommodation.
Mandarin Oriental Taipan Suite
Where space and luxury is of utmost importance, booking the Taipan Suite of the Mandarin Oriental New York is the perfect choice. The two-bedroom and two-bathroom suite definitely meet the needs of an exacting guest like you. Sleep in king-sized beds and bathe in large marble bathrooms, regardless of which room you stay in. The suite also has a wet bar and a guest powder room.
Nothing says Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York than the Oriental Suite, with a decoration that fuses New York and Asian influences as shown on the furnishings and silk textiles. Apart from a spacious bedroom, it also has a separate study, spacious dining area and a deluxe kitchen. It is definitely your home away from home, but on a luxurious level.
Mandarin Oriental Presidential Suite
The Presidential Suite has everything wonderful a guest could ever want — a panoramic view of Central Park and the New York skyline, a well-appointed bedroom and bathroom, a large living area, and a large dining room serviced by a gourmet kitchen. Not to mention, the opulent decoration and interior design. If money is no object, book the Presidential Suite at the Mandarin Oriental New York.
Whichever room you book, expect it to have the basic features, such as air conditioner, television, mini bar with liquor and internet. You also have a choice of separate bedroom or living room space, and smoking rooms are also available.
Spa and Wellness Facilities
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental New York
As the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Manhattan, expect nothing but the best from this health facility. The spa is located on floors 35 and 36, and spans 1,350 m2. Designed to be an oasis of relaxation and rejuvenation, guests can choose from an array of spa programs that you can enjoy the entire day or just half the day. Your options include Honored Time Treatments that are designed to honor your body and provide you with a relaxing experience, Mandarin Oriental Escape that offer signature spa and therapies that are only available in Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York, and the Repose Half Day program that includes a radiant facial treatment.
If you prefer to enjoy treatments in private, there are two specialty spa suites that you can use where you not only receive the best private treatments, but also a rejuvenating journey to wellness.
Why does the spa need all that space? To accommodate all the facilities necessary to provide guests a truly amazing experience. It boasts of six treatment rooms with private showers, Thai Yoga Suite with a deep soaking tub, amethyst crystal steam room, Oriental Tea Lounge, spa boutique and delicious spa cuisine. There is also the VIP Spa Suite that comes complete with a private steam room and shower, and a fireplace for that truly relaxing experience.
Staying fit while on vacation needs no motivation when in the Mandarin Oriental. Its state-of-the-art fitness center will surely make working out an activity to look forward to, rather than dread, especially with a panoramic view of the New York City skyline. After a few hours on a treadmill or the elliptical machine, relaxing can then follow in a sauna.
The 75-foot indoor lap pool, with its stunning view of the city and the Hudson River, provides an irresistible pull for anyone staying in the hotel. It is large enough to accommodate a number of people, and to cater to their needs of swimming off the stresses away or the few pounds they’ve packed during their stay. The best time to take a dip is early in the morning, when natural daylight floods into the pool area, giving it an almost ethereal appeal.
Dining Options at the Mandarin Oriental New York
The Mandarin Oriental New York provides guests with three dining and entertainment options, serving delicious treats for whenever you feel like filling up for your next adventure or shopping session.
Is your palate looking for that Modern American flavors? The Asiate serves Modern American cuisine, cooked to satisfy your cravings. Breakfast is served as early as 7 in the morning, while brunch, lunch and dinner are served starting at 11:45, 12 and 6 in the evening, respectively. For sure seats, it is best to reserve a table.
The Lobby Lounge
The Lobby Lounge is perfect for when you only want a light fare or afternoon tea. It will cater to your needs at specific hours of the day, but tea is served daily starting at 2:30 in the afternoon. To avoid waiting for light fare or tea to be served to you, order ahead of time or reserve a table.
Mobar New York
Partying the night away need not happen far from the hotel. The Mandarin Oriental has Mobar, a bar fare and creative cocktail bar that serves drinks starting from 4 in the afternoon. During Fridays and Saturdays, the bar caters to guests up to 1 in the morning. Whether or not you party someplace else afterward is really up to you.
All things considered, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York can definitely satisfy a guest’s need for a luxurious stay. But, like most accommodation, it has its share of advantages and disadvantages.
Although it has the best spa in town, guests can’t use the facilities for free. Then again, if the services provided go beyond everyone’s standards, expect to pay for them appropriately. Using Wi-Fi is not free as well. You have to pay the daily fee to enjoy its high speed connection.