Standard/superior, $695-$955; Hudson view room, $865-$1,316; park view room, $986-$1,435; Mandarin executive suite, $1,495-$2,500; Central Park view suite, $1,695-$3,100; premier Central Park view suite, $1,995-$3,600; Taipan suite $8,500; Oriental suite, $9,500; presidential suite, $15,000
1, A, B, C, D at 59th St.-Columbus Circle
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While the sprawling Time Warner Center certainly has its skeptics, at least the addition of the Mandarin Oriental to the city’s hotel landscape is a welcome one. The hotel is a model of modern luxury, with a spacious 35th-floor lobby overlooking Central Park and 14,500 square foot spa on the Hudson River side. One of the city’s best spas, this bi-level oasis pampers patrons in amethyst crystal steam rooms, lounges and a VIP spa suite, complete with dual massage beds, an elevated bath, and a fireplace. Floor-to-ceiling spa windows allow guests to see all the way to Jersey while swimming laps in the rectangle pool. The Asian flavored rooms and suites offer amenities such as large flat screen televisions, exclusive linens, and roomy marble bathrooms, and overlook either the park or the river. Guests can treat themselves to more spectacular views and neo-Asian concoctions at Asiate before capping off the evening with cocktails at MObar, just down the hall.Pros
Luxurious atmosphere and outstanding service.
The Mandarin’s 35th floor entrance means guests have to take two separate elevators just to get to the street level.
With wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling northeast views of Central Park, the hotel’s massive 36th-floor ballroom is unlike any other. The 6,000-square-foot space can host up to 400 guests for dinner and dancing. Three-course seated dinners start at $300 per person.