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Last updated: 07 November, 2022

Towering over Columbus Circle at the south-west corner of Central Park, where midtown joins the Upper West Side, this grand hotel offers park views and excellent access to theatre, central park and Fifth Avenue shopping.

Typical of Mandarin Oriental properties, it basks in its luxurious, if mildly conservative, atmosphere, and offers its traditional, faultless brand of Asian-inspired design and faultless service. There’s a big indoor swimming pool and huge gym with amazing views, and a destination lounge for afternoon tea overlooking Central Park.

As good as Manhattan five stars get, and in the perfect location – walking distance to New York’s top attractions.

Surrounding area

Columbus Circle below the hotel is a busy but attractive roundabout, with fountains and a statue of the explorer, and traffic whizzing to and from the Upper West side. Pedestrians buzz about heading for Central Park, classical concerts or opera at nearby Lincoln Centre, and the upscale shops and eateries of the Time Warner Centre. Times Square and Broadway are a short walk away, but far enough not to suck the hotel into the chaos.

It’s right on one of the biggest Subway hubs, affording rapid access to almost anywhere in the city.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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New York, United States of America (USA)[0.5 miles]

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Best for ages: 13+ | £35 | 2+ hours

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)

New York, United States of America (USA)[1 miles]

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Best for ages: 8+ | £22

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American Museum of Natural History

New York, United States of America (USA)[1.6 miles]

A staggering emporium of world-beating nature and science exhibitions and interactive displays, in a majestic building. A world-class attraction and a must-see for anyone remotely interested in nature.

Best for ages: 4+ | £17

Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, United States of America (USA)[2 miles]

One of the largest art museums in the world, the Met is a global art treasure house, with more than two million works spanning thousands of years of human civilisation.

Best for ages: 8+ | £20

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exterior entrance of Carnegie Hall in new york

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New York, United States of America (USA)[0.5 miles]

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Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Frick Collection

Frick Collection

New York, United States of America (USA)[1.3 miles]

One of America’s pre-eminent small art museums with an enviable bequeathed collection of European paintings, sculpture and porcelain, including Bellini, Constable, Gainsborough, Degas, Rembrandt, and Whistler. Housed in the late steel magnate and art collector Henry Frick’s magnificent mansion.

Best for ages: 18+ | £18

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Chelsea’s Art Galleries

New York, United States of America (USA)[2.9 miles]

A feast of hundreds of private art galleries, packed into one enclave on the west of Manhattan, showcasing an eclectic mix of contemporary and modern art.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

New York, United States of America (USA)[3.5 miles]

Located where the High Line meets Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, this erstwhile warehouse is one of New York’s great foodie destinations. The rambling hall is crammed by casual restaurants, food kiosks, and speciality food shops.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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