New York is a favourite holiday destination for a lot of vacationers and business travellers. The city remains a complex, albeit fascinating maze of ever changing cityscapes with new restaurants, art galleries, installations, offices and cultural epicentres that keep emerging every few weeks. Relying on Google maps, city guide books, blogs, online portals and reviews is a great way to keep track. The pace of life in NYC is such that there is always space for more reviewers to share their well informed and edgy opinions, since city lovers do not want to miss out on any of the action that Manhattan and its suburbs have to offer.
Mandarin Oriental New York’s specialised guide highlights fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s perspective of the city. The Mulleavy sisters own the clothing and accessory brand Rodartehave compiled a guide in collaboration with the Mandarin Oriental with a view to provide an exclusive visualisation to some of their New York experiences. Famous landmarks along with more personal locations give readers unique insights into the city with the guide doubling up as a work of art too, temping enough to take home as a souvenir. Guests receive their copy of the City Guide as a gift upon arrival to any one of the 42 restyled suites at Mandarin Oriental, New York.
As part of the Mandarin Oriental’s effort to make their guests experience their new suites in a more wholesome manner, they have also launched a Bedside Reading Programme, partnering with the award-winning New York-based fashion designer and avid reader Joseph Altuzarra. Each suite features a selection of the designer’s favourite books which have inspired the collections for his women’s readyto- wear brand over the years including titles The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, and In Search of Lost Time by Proust. Guests are tempted to pick up a book and read for the duration of their stay and even to take the book home if they wish.