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Reinventing the View: Mandarin Oriental New York's Stunning New Suites

Hotel & Resort | James Shillinglaw | July 08, 2015

Reinventing the View: Mandarin Oriental New York's Stunning New Suites

Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental. All other photos by James Shillinglaw.

How do you improve on one of New York’s ultimate luxury hotels? The answer is: give your customers an even better suite with an even more spectacular view.

The Mandarin Oriental New York, best known for Asiate, its high-end restaurant offering spectacular views of New York’s Central Park; the Lobby Lounge, also featuring Central Park views; and a 14,500-square-foot Mandarin Oriental Spa, has now upped the ante with a new suite product that quite literally reflects its New York location.

Last month the hotel introduced 42 completely refurbished one- and two-bedroom suites. Overlooking Central Park, the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline, each suite features a stunning New York view, with different suites offering postcard photo-like scenes of the best sunrise, dusk and nightscape views of the city. The property now has a total of 198 rooms and 46 suites.

Susanne Hatje, Mandarin Oriental New York’s general manager, says the new one- and two-bedroom suites fuse elements of design, art, culture and fashion to provide guests with a unique perspective that brings the essence and pulse of New York City living to every stay.

The 42 newly introduced suites, designed by global architecture firm HOK, were constructed to take advantage of the hotel’s location in the Time Warner Center on Manhattan’s Columbus Circle. Situated on the corners of each guest floor, the suites blend a modern interpretation of Mandarin Oriental’s Asian-influenced décor with a luxury residential style commemorating three unique themes and color palettes that reflect New York sunrise, dusk and nights.

Each suite also features distinctive artwork celebrating the hotel’s New York City location. Curated by Rare Culture, these original works are by emerging New York-based and New York-inspired artists that complement each suite’s overall theme. Here are three suites representing the three views of New York:

New York Sunrise: Featuring views of Central Park and the Hudson River, the 820-square-foot Central Park View Suite has been designed to reflect the quiet of New York mornings with vivid hues of orange and yellow. The palette is paired with abstract paintings, including “Speakith” by Per Johannson and “Street Scene” by New York-based artist Steve Wasterval.

PHOTO: The Central Park View Suite has been designed to reflect the quiet of New York mornings.

New York Dusk: Decorated in shades of teal to reflect the waters of the Hudson, the 800-square-foot Hudson River View Suite offers an escape from New York’s energetic scene during the rush of late afternoon. The suite’s theme is reflected by Steve Wasterval’s “Perrier” and Emmanuel Frangeul’s “Crowds,” which capture New Yorkers during their daily commute.

PHOTO: Hudson River View Suite offers an escape from New York’s energetic scene during the rush of late afternoon. 

New York Nights: With panoramic views of Central Park and the city skyline, the 800-square-foot one-bedroom and 1,220-square-foot two-bedroom Premier Central Park View Suite capture the moment at sunset when the city comes to life. Contemporary art pieces created by Steve Wasterval are featured throughout the space. 

PHOTO: The Premier Central Park View Suite captures the moment at sunset when the city comes to life. 

All 42 suites feature custom-designed furnishings with a residential feel. A teardrop-shaped table of ebonized walnut is a centerpiece for entertaining, dining or working in the living area, while curved sofas provide guests with comfort while maximizing city views from multiple angles. Decorative crystal light fixtures throughout the suites feature a contemporary modern design and scatter light across the ceiling to echo the glimmer of the city.

Each suite features a Samsung 55-inch Smart LED television in both the living room and bedroom, Harman Kardon sound systems with Bluetooth in the living room’s entertainment area, as well as built-in connectivity panels in the living room desks to play content on the suites’ TVs and sound systems.

Bedrooms have tufted, upholstered beds facing the Manhattan views. Master bathrooms have side-by-side sinks, rainforest showers with large separate tubs, Fresh-brand bath amenities and mirrored vanities with built-in televisions.

Rates for Mandarin Oriental New York’s new suites start at $1,795 per night. Guests staying in the suites also will have access to an array of special experiences and amenities to be launched later this summer. 

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