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Mandarin Oriental Hotel OR Setai Fifth Avenue in New York?

Mandarin Oriental Hotel OR Setai Fifth Avenue in New York?

Feb 15th, 2012, 02:09 PM
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Mandarin Oriental Hotel OR Setai Fifth Avenue in New York?

We are going to visit our son and daughter-in-law for a week in April. They have suggested the Mandarin, but another friend of theirs suggested the Setai. I understand both are very nice, but the Setai has studio suites and the rooms are larger. Any suggestions please! (Would like good service, nice view, etc.) Thanks, eb
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Feb 15th, 2012, 02:12 PM
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Mandarin. Oh to be able to swim in that pool!
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Feb 15th, 2012, 02:24 PM
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Thank you starrs!
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Feb 15th, 2012, 02:26 PM
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Also take a look at The Four Seasons, The Penninsula, Trump International, etc. However, between the two you've mentioned I would choose the Mandarin, hands down.
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Feb 15th, 2012, 02:37 PM
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It depends on where you want to be located and what you plan to do while you are here.

I doubt if there are many people on this forum who can make a comparison based on first-hand experience. I can't remember reading many/any reports, or even reading any comments, from people here who have mentioned staying at either property. We can comment on location, but the pros and cons of their respective locations will vary depending on the individual.

Are you a swimmer?
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Feb 15th, 2012, 02:44 PM
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eb, take a look at the pool -
http://www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork/leisure/

"(Would like good service, nice view, etc"

Talk about "nice view"
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Feb 15th, 2012, 02:59 PM
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eks: There is no need to write a review of a 5* hotel, is there? It would be rather boring: "Oh, it was just divine! Exactly what you'd expect!" Whatever. If I haven't stayed, but are simply making a suggestion, I will state that. There are very few calls for recommendations between 4* and 5* hotels; most people posting here are looking for a huge amount of space and/or a huge bargain.

Starrs is right. The hotel pool is wonderful and when we used it we were the only people enjoying the atmosphere.
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Feb 15th, 2012, 03:04 PM
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Our son and daughter-in-law live in an apartment - 400 w. 55th St. and I understand the Mandarin would be very convenient to them.
Thanks for all the input! Loving it!
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Feb 15th, 2012, 03:08 PM
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And no....we're not really big swimmers but love the water and usually go to warm destinations (beaches and pools) for our vacations, but the view from that pool looks awesome! Might have to take a nighttime dip!
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Feb 15th, 2012, 04:20 PM
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eb: Plan on that; you won't regret it.
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Feb 15th, 2012, 04:47 PM
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Thank you Bowsprit!
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Feb 15th, 2012, 05:12 PM
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Don't know about Setai. Mandarin Oriental is excellent in terms of decor and service (I was doing a meeting with a couple of very fussy atendees). But - a room with a view is more expensive - I don;t recall the prices since we were charging back to a client - but I think my deluxe with a view was about $900 - not in high season.
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Feb 15th, 2012, 05:34 PM
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thank you nytraveler!!!
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Feb 15th, 2012, 05:39 PM
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My guess is that there's a better chance of getting a "view" room at the Mandarin than the Setai - based on location.
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Feb 15th, 2012, 05:53 PM
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Thank you too starrs!!
Will try to book it!
And now...any suggestions for bars, plays, etc.? Will definitely want to go to the are museum! And sightseeing!
Love this forum! Everyone has always been so helpful! e
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Feb 15th, 2012, 05:56 PM
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The Frick is my favorite museum. If you are looking for discounts on plays or musicals, check broadwaybox.com.
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Feb 15th, 2012, 07:30 PM
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Will check it out starrs.....
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Feb 15th, 2012, 07:41 PM
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I'm sure your son and daughter in law will also be able to offer up some ideas. Enjoy your visit.
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Feb 16th, 2012, 04:21 AM
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Bowspirit: My point was that there are probably only few people here, if any, who have stayed at both hotels. All I know of the Setai is that they have an excellent restaurant inside!
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eks: I know. But I HAVE stayed there and felt very comfortable commenting. Which I did.
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