The Mandarin's commitment to excess is evident in the lobby, on the 35th floor of the Time Warner Center, where dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows look out over Columbus Circle and Central Park. Guest rooms are outfitted with silk throws on plush beds, comfy robes, and windowside chaise longues for admiring the skyline. It's the suites, though, that really set the Mandarin apart, by giving the Asian-influenced design enough space to truly dazzle. The swimming pool is one of the city's best, with panoramic Hudson River views, andthe spa, with a menu of lush treatments based on traditional Chinese medicine, is a destination for hotel guests and New Yorkers alike. Asiate, the upscale restaurant located off the lobby, is a gorgeous spot for brunch or dinner; views are worth the price tag.