Mandarin Oriental New York | luxury with a view

dawn at the Mandarin Oriental New York

I was seated in the Mandarin Oriental New York lobby early Saturday morning and grabbed this picture with my iPhone. Not the perfect photographic instrument for low light photography, but it captured the moment. Mandarin Oriental New York's lobby overlooks the southwest corner of Central Park, with an unobstructed view down 59th Street. The crescent moon to the left of the skyscraper to the right added a stunning final touch to the scene.

The Mandarin Oriental is an extremely nice place to stay. We spent three nights in a Deluxe Hudson River room which featured equally interesting west-facing views of the Hudson River and New Jersey beyond. The room was attractively decorated with contemporary Asian decorating motifs. While the bedroom was not overly large (it felt like a Superior), the bathroom was perfect — a soaking tub with a view (see below), a large vanity with two sinks, a large rain shower, and separate WC. It's a great room for couples.

sunset from our soaking tub at the Mandarin Oriental New York

Central Park View rooms face east and offer a view of Central Park. Although they have the same square footage, Central Park rooms have larger bedrooms but smaller bathrooms (just one vanity … and no view from the tub). For the ultimate accommodations and views, book a Deluxe Central Park Suite — truly a wow room and a no compromise solution to where to stay.

Virtuoso guests receive an upgrade at booking, daily complimentary continental breakfast for two, and a $100 spa credit, and you can also take advantage of Suite Temptation packages offering third night free if you book a Deluxe Suite. Just book through your Virtuoso travel consultant.

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