Mandarin Oriental’s location, on the south side of Central Park between 60th and Columbus Circus, is perfect for a Manhattan mini-break – easy travelling distance from all of our top recommended museums, galleries, restaurants and shops.
It is particularly spectacular in summertime, with stunning views over the kaleidoscope of colour that is Central Park in full bloom, and just moments from some ideal picnic and sunbathing locations (or shady siesta spots). Situated above the Time Warner Centre, guests have direct access to some spectacular high-end shops such as Hugo Boss, and restaurants such as Thomas Keller’s famous French restaurant, ‘Per Se’, so if it happens to be a rainy winter’s day, you still have some fabulous experiences just minutes’ away, without having to go outside!
Mandarin Oriental is a 5* property in the heart of Manhattan, particularly noteworthy for its level of service. With 244 rooms, there’s a variety of room categories to choose from, some with much more space than others, but all generous in size – get in touch with our team to discuss the best option for your trip. The views from Mandarin Oriental are spectacular, with the hotel starting on the 35th floor in the Sky Lounge. Whether staying in a room overlooking the Hudson River and city skyline, or over Central park, the views from the Mandarin Oriental give a real sense of place. Rooms can be chosen for dawn or dusk, depending on whether you’re an early riser or more likely to be relaxing in your room after a day of sightseeing to enjoy the sunset. Some corner suites enjoy wrap around views through floor-to-ceiling windows which are out of this world - the higher up, the more breathtaking.
Mandarin Oriental’s stylish, contemporary interiors stem from the perfect partnership with Hirsch Bedner & Associates. Beautiful décor complements luxury features and the latest in-room entertainment technology, making each space feel like an exclusive retreat. Guests enjoy Atelier Cologne amenities and bedside reading books especially chosen as gifts from a local New York publisher. All artwork is chosen from local New York artists.
Mandarin Oriental is a very good option for families, providing a wide range of connecting room and suite options. We organise family carriage rides in the park and city scavenger hunts along with a number of other personalised Big Apple adventures to keep the whole family entertained.
My favourite reason for staying at the Mandarin Oriental is The Aviary NYC, and you should come here for a drink even if you’re not staying in the hotel. Mandarin Oriental has applied a Michelin starred kitchen concept to cocktail making at this fabulous bar, with a team creating innovative cocktails in an ‘open drink-kitchen’, using really amazing and unique flavours, the skills of expert mixologists, and extraordinary presentation. Come here to watch mixologists at work, and enjoy delicious cocktails with a dazzling view through floor-to-ceiling glass windows on the 35th floor.
The Aviary NYC is connected to signature restaurant, Asiate, where we can arrange awesome private experiences and world-class pairing menus for couples and families, as well as larger parties. Asiate serves Modern American cuisine with a creative twist under the guidance of Executive Chef Cyril Renaud, and boasts a signature ‘wine wall’ featuring 1,200 bottles from all over the world. If you’re travelling over the weekend, enjoy an incredible brunch here and try to secure a window table to make the most of the Central Park view.
The Office NYC is a speakeasy hidden away behind The Aviary with old school, prohibition-inspired interiors and the most extensive rare and vintage spirit collection in world, known as the ‘dusty bottle collection’! It is without doubt one of the coolest cocktail bars in the city - very intimate, serving classic food snacks as well as bigger dishes and fondues, depending on the season. The cocktail selection is eye-widening, from truffle-infused spirits to rare vintage whiskies.
Mandarin Oriental likes to bring an element of wellness into every guest’s experience, and in New York this means providing an escape up and away from the stresses of the city. Suites contain meditation pillows and the award-winning spa offers meditation sessions. There’s a fully staffed fitness centre open 24 hours a day to guests, Thai yoga classes, a 25-metre lap pool with Hudson River views, vitality whirlpool, steam room, Oriental Tea Lounge and relaxation areas. Spa treatments include oriental meridian massages and treatments based on traditional Chinese medicine.
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
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