by Lissa Poirot
This luxury property is located in the upper floors of the Time Warner building, overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park. As a Mandarin Oriental, discretion for its high-clientele guests is key, and bellhops greet guests who walk in on the ground floor before a quiet elevator whisks them to the 35th floor lobby and floor-to-ceiling views of the city. It’s certainly a quiet elegance, yet children are welcome at the property and many families do, in fact, bring their kids to this high-end hotel. Nearly 250 rooms and suites climb up into the 50th floors, with suites ranging from 800 square feet to 2,640 square feet in size. The smallest suites are bigger than some New York apartments! Rooms and suites feature views of the Hudson River, Central Park and the New York skyline, with dÃ©cor recently renovated to include a color scheme that best reflects the views the rooms offer, such as sunsets on the Hudson. The Mandarin isn’t a budget- friendly option for travelers, but guests will certainly feel like royalty in this gorgeous setting.
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- Rooms and suites overlooking Central Park
- Indoor swimming pool
- Free Wi-Fi
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- Family Room 5+
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The Mandarin Oriental features 198 rooms on 15 high floors overlooking Central Park. The hotel's 43 suites were recently renovated, with room colors reflecting the hues of the views and time of day. For example, the Hudson River suites feature sunset hues to best reflect the evening sun as it sets over the Hudson to the west.
Rooms have Hudson River, Central Park or Premier Central Park views and are priced by view category. Standard rooms are found between the 37th and 43rd floors, with the Premier rooms on the higher floor, 45 to 54. Standard rooms feature king beds and can accommodate three people.
Suites are twice the size of rooms and have separate sleeping and living areas with sleeper sofas to accommodate four people. These are found between the 39th and 54th floors.
Two-Bedroom Suites are available with Central Park West views. These have a king bedroom and a room with twin beds, along with a sleeper sofa, and are located on the 43rd to 54th floors. These suites can sleep up to seven, and can connect to another standard room to sleep up to 10 in a three-bedroom configuration.
City View and Skyline Rooms
City View and Skylines Rooms provide either a king or two twin beds and are located on the 38th and 39th floors, and 40th through 43rd floors, respectively. With a crib, these rooms can sleep up to three.
The Taipan Suite is located on the 54th floor and is 1,210 square feet in size. With views of the Hudson River, it sleeps four with a king bed and a sleeper sofa. The bedroom is separate from the living area, which also provides a dining area.
The Oriental Suite, located on the 52nd floor, provides views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. With a separate living and sleeping area spread across 1,800 square feet, the suite can sleep four.
A Presidential Suite is located on the 53rd floor and is 2,640 square feet in size. The room features a full dining area, king bedroom, oversized bathroom and a living room, with views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.
As a frequent guest of the mo I was very disappointed and will definitely never stay there again. The pick up service didn’t work, the personal is not trained well. All in all a terrible experience. No thank you
by Phil T
We stayed two nights before a cruise from Bayonne NJ.
We had driven the rental car into NYC on a Friday afternoon and had to drop it off at Alamo in the block immediately behind the hotel. Great help from the door and Bellman on arrival looking after the luggage. Front desk is in the 32nd floor. You have to use a different elevator to get to the upper floors from reception floor. Our room was on the 52nd floor facing south. Great views of southern Manhattan and the Hudson. Room was a reasonable size and clean and the bathroom, with separate shower and bath was very good.
All the staff we encountered were very friendly. We had both breakfasts in Asiate which were very good. Great views of part of Central Park from this restaurant but the remainder is slightly obscured by Trump’s hotel!
We hadn’t done our homework beforehand and didn’t realise it would an issue to get a yellow cab to the cruise port terminal in Bayonne and into New Jersey. However Patrick on the front door was great and arranged a car for us to the cruise port. We then used the same driver to pick us up at the end of cruise and another of his co workers took us to JFK a few days after the cruise, from another hotel.
Great shopping mall beneath the hotel and we ate both evening meals in the Porter House in the mall.
All in all, a lovely stay at a superb hotel and one we would stay again on our return to NYC.
The spa's fitness center houses a lap pool that is available for children to enjoy. While many business travelers may use the pool for laps early in the mornings and in the late afternoons, the pool is traditionally empty during the day and the staff has pool toys and games for the kids to use. The pool is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
Central Park is across the street, and Broadway, Times Square, 5th Avenue and New York's best museums are within walking distance of the hotel.
The signature restaurant at Mandarin's New York location is the panoramic 35th floor restaurant, Asiate. The sophisticated restaurant features booths nestled against the floor-to-ceiling windows for views of Central Park, and serves an American menu. The hotel's restaurant and room service have a Younger Fans children's menu. The restaurant is open for breakfast, 7 to 10:30 a.m., lunch during the week from noon to 2 p.m., brunch on weekends from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Lobby Lounge
Located off of the lobby of the hotel's 35th floor, the lobby lounge also features floor-to-ceiling windows and provides light fare daily from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. (open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights). A formal afternoon tea is provided daily from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., with special kids' menus and services.
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All About the Extras
Children are greeted with a welcome amenity, and the Mandarin requests the names and ages of children at registration so they can prepare in advance.
For infants, free baby toiletries are provided and the hotel can provide cribs, Diaper Genies, bottle warmers, high chairs, and childproofing accessories. Concierge can also arrange stroller rentals.
The hotel provides complimentary Wi-Fi.
Babysitting can be arranged through concierge for in-room services.
Game consoles are available through housekeeping on a first-come, first-served basis. The hotel asks for advance notice on requests.
The Art of Smart Timing
New York City is a year-round vacation destination, with the high season during the winter holidays. The hotel caters to both leisure and business travelers, but during the week, those numbers are skewed toward the business traveler, many of whom stay for the weekends with their families joining in for the fun.
Located in Columbus Circle near Broadway and Central Park, the hotel is easily accessible via public transportation.
Guests of the hotel can walk and utilize the subway, or enjoy the Mandarin's private Telsa (with advance notice; first-come, first-served) for rides around town. Self- and valet-parking is available within the Time Warner building, where the hotel is located.
For Mom and Dad
Parents will want to slip into the Mandarin Oriental Spa, open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The spa features massages, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, and couples' treatments. Two suites for two include a day bed, treatment tables, private pedicure and foot massage stations, showers and fantastic views.