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Like the standard guestrooms at Mandarin Oriental, New York, the suites ooze a sleek and modern elegance that mirrors the rest of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel. Every suite offers a bedroom separate from the living space as well as one and a half baths. The suites are situated at the corners of every floor, creating an L shape that separates the spaces and creates a residential aesthetic. A bonus: If you want to indulge your voyeuristic tendencies, binoculars are placed in every suite for your peeping pleasure. Use the binoculars to check out the amazing views of Manhattan out of the suite’s big windows.
Inspiration for the suites came from Manhattan residences. All suites are located at the corners of the hotel, showcasing spectacular Central Park and river views. To mirror the concept of “the ideal Manhattan apartment,” all the suites are individual in their design, complete with distinctive artwork collections. Color schemes consist of pale silver and rose; pale gold, cream and black; and another that is based on a Mandarin robe in saffron and copper colors. Features in the suites include LCD flat-panel television, glass-enclosed rain showers, along with yoga mats in the closet.
The Taipan Suite has floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing 360-degree views of the northern Manhattan skyline, the Hudson River and Central Park, which has two individually styled 400-square-foot bedrooms with private marble baths and state-of-the-art in-room technology, including Bang & Olufsen 65-inch plasma and 40-inch LCD televisions controlled via an in-room iPad. Furnishings feature elegant ivory pieces accented with glowing brushed gold and black accessories.
The Oriental Suite, which has a blue, gray and gold color scheme, features a large living and dining room accented by Oriental-patterned silk damask draperies from Scalamandre and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors covered with handcrafted Oriental rugs. A separate Mozambique wood-paneled library doubles as a study or a media room complete with the latest state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen entertainment technology. Adjacent to the living and dining space is a kitchen with custom Italian cabinetry, granite countertops and flooring. The suite has a larger master bedroom and bath, and includes a separate walk-in closet. Artwork in the suite follows the direction throughout the hotel, using a mixture of New York and Oriental influences.
The Presidential Suite features custom-designed furnishing in tones of chocolate brown, accented with luminous brushed gold and deep Chinese red accessories. The large Mozambique wood-paneled living and dining area lead to a private media room and study and fully equipped kitchen. Upholstered in pearl-toned silk, the master bedroom is adjacent to a sycamore-paneled walk-in closet and spectacular master bath, encased in honey onyx walls. A combination of New York and Asian art and artifacts is used throughout the suite, blending touches of the Orient with contemporary New York. One piece is a 250-year-old parchment calligraphy book featuring Chinese characters conveying a story of happiness and good fortune. Espresso-stained bamboo floors, neutral Roman shades that rise and fall at the touch of a button to reveal spectacular views of Manhattan and rich textiles throughout the suite create a space that is elegant yet comfortable, soothing yet stylish.