Hotel review: The Mandarin Oriental, New York

Ruth Doherty

The Mandarin Oriental New York hotel review

AOL Travel reviews the extravagant, celebrity hotel The Mandarin Oriental New York in America

Written by: Ruth Doherty

The Mandarin Oriental New York

Date published: 04/14/2011

4.5 / 5 stars

What's to love?
The Mandarin Oriental is a go-to hotspot for celebs in New York (Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren are just two of its regulars), and, with its dramatic views over Central Park, afforded by being situated high up in Columbus Circle's Time Warner Centre, and its focus on luxury, it's not hard to see why.

First impressions
As soon as you enter the lobby, you're greeted by floor-to-ceiling windows offering a dramatic look over Manhattan.The hotel mixes contemporary design with beautiful Eastern-influenced decor, and we were blown away by the glass swan sculpture that first greets you in the dramatic lobby.

Best rooms in the house?
All of the sumptuous yet cosy 248 rooms and suites have a breathtaking view over Central Park or the Hudson River, but if you're looking for push-the-boat-out luxury, you can't beat the huge Presidential Suite all the way up on the 53rd floor.

Top tip?
Be careful when using the phone in your room - the price creeps up, fast!

This place is perfect if you're...
Looking for second-to-none service, breathtaking views of the NY skyline, to spot celebrities, and to be right next to the Broadway theatre district.

Where to eat
Definitely head to the 35th floor's Asiate restaurant, where chef Brandon Kida will tickle your tastebuds with his Asian-American fare. The decor is cool, too - designer Tony Chi brought Central Park inside by creating a glittering tree-branch sculpture, which hangs from the ceiling

If you do one thing here, make sure it's...
Visit the spa! The 14,500 square-foot pampering mecca is the largest of its kind in Manhattan - and it's amazing. There's a 75-foot indoor lap pool, and you can work out while looking down on the city. But the best bit? We couldn't resist the sparkle and glamour of the Crystal Amethyst Steam Room.

Details: The Mandarin Oriental New York, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street, New York, 10023. Visit