Simon Lazarus gets the tough job of checking out some of the world’s finest hotels. This week, the Mandarin Oriental New York, a touch of Oriental allure in the heart of the Big Apple.
Located at 80 Columbus Circle, this 244 room offering sits pretty at the summit of the Time Warner Center.
Minutes from Central Park, the Mandarin Oriental does not disappoint on all fronts. Style, check, interiors, check, panoramic vistas double check!
If you’re in need of some serious retail therapy then Fifth Avenue awaits just a ten minute stroll away, while the Museum of Modern Art and Design (MOMA) is waiting to capture your creative side.
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For the perfect night’s sleep there is a wealth of choice at the Mandarin Oriental. Thanks to incredible views you really won’t know where to look first.
If you have a head for heights then check out The Skyline view rooms between the 40th and 43rd floors. They provide a subtle elegance with incredible views out to the Hudson River which also features ornate marble bathrooms and decadent tubs.
Meanwhile, you can take advantage of the super-fast broadband as well as the luxury bedding that’s as soft as a new born lamb to the touch.
If you crave a little more space then opt for one of the fabulous suites. Gaze in awe at views of the Hudson River and George Washington Bridge or take a seat in the separate living room which incorporates a sumptuous contemporary blend of colours and tones.
If that’s not enough there is an individual powder room where guests can freshen up in comfort. Did I mention there is also a turn-down service available so you can simply fall into bed with ease?
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The focal point is Asiate which incorporates a magnificent blend of modern American and Asian influences.
As elegant as Grace Kelly and with a host of inspirational dishes to tempt your taste buds, you will want to linger here for a moment or two.
Check out the stunning tree branch monument which is testament to the incredible design. For the wine connoisseurs, this is complimented by an extensive drinks collection which is home to more than 1,300 different bottles.
Under the leadership of Toni Robertson who brings vast culinary experience to the table from the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago and the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, you will not be disappointed with what appears.
Savour delights such as butter poached lobster with white polenta, tenderloin Wagyu beef and juicy Hawaiian blue prawns finished with a coconut broth. This is certainly a bounty of food fit for a king.
The inviting Lobby Lounge is the ideal spot where East meets West thanks to its warm and inviting décor with tasty treats from dim sum bento to cheekily named chicken lollipops with a sticky tamarind glaze.
If all this food is making you thirsty, then head to the 35th floor where the funky MObar awaits with a polished nickel counter top not to mention a wealth of inventive and sophisticated cocktails.
Let your senses awaken at the Spa with an amethyst crystal steam room, vitality pool, a VIP Suite with warming fireplace and a 70 foot plus indoor pool. If that’s not enough then take time to find your inner Zen at the calming Oriental Tea Lounge.
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For the ultimate trip, it has to be the Presidential Suite. This will certainly add a touch of majesty to your stay. From the 53rd floor, you can enjoy exquisite furnishings, ornate silk walls, an oversized bath tub and a top of the range Bang & Olufsen television.