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Gold Mandarin Oriental

80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
212-805-8800websitePrice: Expensive
Area: Central Park

The Mandarin is an impressive addition to Manhattan's hotel market and skyline. Located at Columbus Circle on the southwest corner of Central Park, Mandarin's 251 guest rooms and suites are the ultimate lap of luxury and sophistication. You know you are in a stylish accommodation when the room inspires home decorating ideas. Keep in mind, because Manhattan real estate is some of the most expensive in the world, even the pricey hotel rooms will be smaller than you are accustomed. Fortunately, the incredible Park views and abundant natural light expand these quarters.

The 36th floor fitness center is immaculate. As part of a 14,500 square foot spa, the complimentary 6,000 square foot exercise center and lap pool offer high-tech workouts in a true state-of-the-art facility. The combination of Life Fitness and Technogym cardio machines all have plasma LCDs and look great atop the center's Asian bamboo flooring. Although free weights are missing, we think the full dumbbell set and 6 stack-loaded weight machines will adequately service your major muscle groups.

We are pleased to see a hotel offer a regulation length lap swim option, especially at these prices. Even though the 25-yard water box does not have floating lane lines, the two bottom stripes are sufficient lap swim markings. At 86 degrees, the water is a little warm, but is tolerable for a moderate effort workout. It's always refreshing to find a fitness center staff that is helpful, polite, and interested in your workout and well-being. Confucius says, "Staying here will bring a fitness fortune."

Joggers should consider an outdoor jaunt through Central Park's meandering paths.

Work Out Onsite

Hours - gymM-F 7a to 9p, S/S 7a to 7p
Treadmills5 Technogym
Upright Bike2 Life Fitness
Recumbent Bike2 Life Fitness
Elliptical3 Technogym
Stepper1 Life Fitness
Dumbbells5-50 lbs
Machines6 Technogym
In / OutIndoor
Lap-Swim GradeC
Length25 yards
Temperature 86 degrees
ToysKickboards, Pull-buoys
ClassesPrivate Yoga Classes for $$$

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