Conde Nast Gold List 2012 Honors NYC Hotels

Comparable to the Oscars to the hospitality industry, Conde Nast has announced their Gold List 2012: The World’s Best Places to Stay.  On this prestigious list are a number of luxurious New York City Hotels:

The Carlyle

Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park

Four Seasons

The Peninsula

Trump International Hotel & Tower

St. Regis

Mandarin Oriental

Andaz Wall Street

The Plaza

Mandarin Oriental – Columbus Circle Hotels

The Mandarin Oriental is a luxury five star hotel located atop the Time Warner Center on the west side of Manhattan, overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park.  Managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, the Mandarin Oriental opened its doors in December 2003. In addition to the 248 guestrooms and suites, the hotel provides services for 64 Residences at Mandarin Oriental, New York, all of which have views of Central Park, the Hudson River or the New York City skyline. The hotel has received many national and international awards, and operates the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Manhattan.

Features and Amenities

Located high above Columbus Circle, the 248 stylishly appointed rooms and suites at Mandarin Oriental reflect the oriental heritage of the hotel while incorporating contemporary elements of New York City. And with every one of them comes a breathtaking view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, or the scenic Hudson River over which the sun sets. There are a variety of different room choices at the Mandarin Oriental, and each is more exquisite than the last.

Standard Room. The black, red and grey or cream décor of the guest rooms at the hotel complements 1940s elegance with Asian cherry wood furniture and custom designed Fili D’oro linens. And for guests in New York on important business, there’s everything they need, including high speed Internet access – which is sure to come in use for guests on a vacation, too.

Grand Deluxe Twin Room. These cream, white and brown rooms have two oversized-twin beds and spectacular, floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan. As with all rooms at the hotel, they enjoy the latest in cutting edge technology, including a surround sound home entertainment system. The granite and marble bathroom features a unique soaking tub with picture windows overlooking New York.

Deluxe Hudson River View Room. You’ll find a king bed in every one of these stunning rooms, not to mention spectacular floor-to-ceiling views of the Hudson River. There’s a view of the river from the bathroom, too, and a unique soaking tub is an irresistible vantage point from which to enjoy it. The color scheme is gold and black, and the room is appointed with everything you need for work or leisure, including high speed Internet access and a state-of-the-art home entertainment center.

Premier Hudson River View Room. From the king bed of this room, there’s a spectacular view from the Statue of Liberty to the George Washington Bridge. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide superb natural light as well as breathtaking panoramas. These gold and black rooms are appointed with stylish 1940s furniture and Fili D’oro bed linens.

Central Park View Room. There’s no better way to begin a New York morning than watching the sunrise over Central Park from the comfort of a king bed. It’s a daily treat from these rooms with their unparalleled floor-to-ceiling views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan. The tone of the rooms themselves is set by their luxurious décor and elegant appointments, such as Asian cherry wood furniture, Italian granite vanities and custom designed Fili D’oro linens.

Premier Central Park View Room. Views from these higher level rooms are even more spectacular. There’s always something to watch from the full length picture windows as Central Park and Midtown Manhattan unfold before your eyes each morning. But that’s assuming you can stay away from the state-of-the-art home entertainment system, with access to numerous TV channels, and hundreds of CDs and DVDs. And should work intrude on your day, you’ll also find a full range of business facilities.

The Mandarin Oriental also boasts a variety of large suites, should you want to take your trip to the next level. Below are some of the highlights.

Mandarin Executive Suite. These one-bedroom, king-bedded suites have a separate living room, providing a welcome escape from the rigors of the day. Here you’ll find the latest in cutting edge entertainment technology including a surround sound home entertainment system, as well as everything you could need for business. In the Spanish marble bathroom, you’ll find a picture window overlooking the Upper West Side of Manhattan and an inviting soaking tub from which to enjoy the view. There’s also a separate powder room for your guests. This cream and brown suite with touches of red is also available with a king-bedded connecting room, making it ideal for family stays.

Central Park View Suites. Located on the southeast corners of the hotel, the luxurious décor of these suites are cream and brown based with touches of red, orange, and grey. Central Park View Suites are also available with a connecting deluxe double or grand deluxe double offering extra space to accommodate additional guests. This makes them the ideal choice for a family visit or for colleagues on a business trip. Either way, guests will appreciate the separate living room as well as the spacious work area. With a myriad of home entertainment options, there is plenty to keep you entertained. But even then, it will have to be good to compete with the view – from the verdant park to the glittering nocturnal cityscape, there’s always something outside the picture windows to catch your eye.

The Taipan Suite. The two bedroom, 2.5 bath Taipan Suite showcases stunning views of Central Park, the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline with clean classic lines, sophisticated urban-chic décor, Asian accent pieces and hints of Art Deco. Warm, earthy tones with gold accents are used in the living area, the master bedroom is done in hues of gold, deep red and pomegranate, and the second bedroom has a cooler silver, teal and white color scheme. The Taipan Suite also boasts a wet bar with Bisazza tiles, a living room and a picture window above the tub in the master bathroom.

The Presidential Suite. From its location on the 53rd floor, the luxurious two-bedroom Presidential Suite presents a panoramic view of Central Park and the City skyline. It is the perfect retreat, complete in every way, with its separate large living and dining area, gourmet kitchen and Mozambique wood-paneled study. Throughout, it features unique, embellishing touches such as handcrafted oriental rugs and artifacts from both New York and the Orient. The walls of the master bedroom are upholstered with silk, and a spacious walk-in closet is paneled with sycamore. The master bath, outfitted with honey onyx walls, features separate over-sized soaking tub and glass-enclosed steam & shower for two. The Suite features over USD 100,000 of state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen entertainment technology, including a 65 inch plasma screen television, five independent audio zones, and Blu-ray HD-DVD player.

The luxury of the Mandarin Oriental doesn’t stop at the rooms. The hotel also boasts a five-star spa offering holistic renewal spa. Facilities including a state-of-the-art fitness center and a 75-foot naturally lit indoor lap pool. Bamboo, stone and gold leaf set the tone for an unforgettable Manhattan spa experience that focuses on the rebalance of the individual, and leaves them with an enhanced sense of well-being. The spa boasts the following features: six multi-functional treatment rooms with private showers, thai Yoga Suite with deep soaking tub and water features, VIP Spa Suite with fireplace and private steam & shower, separate men’s and women’s heat experiences – vitality pool, amethyst crystal steam room, separate men’s and women’s relaxation lounges, an Oriental Tea Lounge, a boutique and signature products.

If eating and dining is more your speed, the Mandarin Oriental offers the MObar, the Asiate restaurant and the Lobby Lounge.


As Manhattan’s favorite celebration destination, restaurant Asiate elevates guests’ dining experiences to new heights with gracious service, inventive cuisine, an award-winning wine collection and stylish design that is only surpassed by the stunning floor-to-ceiling views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Chef de Cuisine Brandon Kida artistically crafts his contemporary cuisine with international influences from his travels and his Asian-American background. The changing  seasons showcased in Asiate’s  Central Park views are also reflected in Chef Kida’s seasonal menu featuring dishes made with fresh, local ingredients brought together in a balance and harmony inherent in every aspect of Mandarin Oriental. Renowned designer Tony Chi used Asiate’s 35th floor Central Park views as his inspiration for the restaurant’s design. The interior is crowned by a glittering tree-branch sculpture hanging from the ceiling that symbolize the trees of Central Park in winter and a dramatic wall of wine that houses over 1,300 bottles of the restaurant’s collection.

If a drink is what you’re after, MObar is the place to be. The focal point of this stylish cocktail venue is the island bar in polished, hammered nickel. Inspired by 1930s residential pieces, it picks up the sparkle of the evening and provides a center point around which guests can gather to catch up with old friends or make new acquaintances. Tailored leather seating in cozy nooks, and chic high-top tables divided by hand-sculpted brownstone and a wall of velvet allow for more intimate socializing.

Business travelers will relish the fact that the Mandarin Oriental has been lauded by travel magazines as one of the best business hotels in the world. The isn’t just equipped for business; it also boasts meeting spaces, catering services and more – everything you need for your conference or just your day to day.

The hotel also offers a state of the art fitness center, 75 foot lap pool and of course, its location at the top of the Time Warner Center, one of the city’s newest hubs for dining and shopping.


Visitors come to New York for fabulous shopping, food and culture and to see the many sites that have a strange sense of the familiar being the set of a thousand films, from the Empire State Building to Grand Central Station. It is invariably impossible to tick off every destination on your personal list but the stunning panoramic views of Manhattan from your room in Mandarin Oriental, New York will give you a superb perspective of the city. For outdoor pleasures,  Central Park is just across the road, with the Zoo and Wollman Memorial Rink for summer roller blading and winter ice skating. Fifth Avenue shopping is a ten minute walk from the hotel. The Mandarin Oriental can book you into world famous music performances at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center or the Metropolitan Opera House, all of which are just a hop, skip and a jump away. Both Broadway, with its 30 or more grand stages and the blinding neon of Times Square are an easy stroll away.