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The Places to Be: Mandarin Oriental

Situated in some of the most sought-after locations in the heart of the world’s most coveted cities, you’re never far from the action with Mandarin Oriental

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Location is one of the most precious, exclusive and immutable amenities a hotel can offer – and Mandarin Oriental has it in spades. Across their sumptuous portfolio of luxury properties, Mandarin Oriental consistently boasts some of the most sought-after real estate in the world, affording guests both the ideal refuge for repose and the perfect gateway for exploration. But they don’t stop there: every Mandarin Oriental hotel, from Geneva to Japan, goes the extra mile to offer unique experiences and activities steeped in local culture and traditions, ensuring every guest an authentic glimpse into each carefully curated destination. Now, thanks to Mandarin Oriental’s offer extending Centurion members a complimentary night’s stay at properties across the globe, you can spend even more time – and less expense – discovering the most coveted cities the world has to offer.


Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo


Rising into the clouds above the historic Nihonbashi District, Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is an oasis of calm in one of the world’s most frenetic cities. Sleek Japanese-inspired aesthetics pervade the hotel, which occupies the top 9 floors of the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, with sweeping skyline views unfolding from room-height windows everywhere you turn. But you aren’t here to simply float above Tokyo; you’re here to immerse yourself in it. Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo offers an exhaustive menu of experiences designed to plunge you right into the city’s most alluring sites and its most fascinating cultural practices. Discover hidden gems on a jinrikisha rickshaw tour. Visit a sake brewery and sample its fine goods. Take in a tea ceremony, a Kabuki show or a Geisha performance with a traditional Kaiseki meal. Learn an age-old art like sushi crafting, washi paper making or Edo Kiriko glassware cutting. The options are as multifaceted as Japanese culture itself.


Mandarin Oriental, Boston


From revolution to reinvention, baseball to beer, Boston is central to the history of the United States – and Mandarin Oriental, Boston puts you right in the middle of it all. Nestled in affluent Back Bay, guests are within walking distance of the city’s key sights, from the beautiful Boston Public Library to the picturesque colonial streets of Beacon Hill and legendary Fenway Park – “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” and the oldest field in Major League Baseball. Mandarin Oriental, Boston guests can get a privileged view of Fenway Park with a half-day experience that includes a private tour of the ballpark and tickets to a Red Sox game. If a more conventional history tour is more your thing, join respected local expert Dan Berger Jones for a private walking or Escalade driving tour of Boston’s most iconic landmarks. Finish the day with an inside look at Samuel Adams Boston Brewery, one of America’s most famous craft breweries, complete with a tasting of exclusive craft and signature beers. Or simply retire to the hotel’s award-winning spa – the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Massachusetts.


Mandarin Oriental, Geneva


With its crystalline lake backed by majestic Alpine peaks and bordered by charming streets lined with the best chocolatiers, watchmakers and wine purveyors in the world, Geneva is a mecca for the jet set. And Mandarin Oriental, Geneva knows how to deliver them the best experience possible – starting with its prime location. Stepping through the hotel doors, guests find themselves on the idyllic banks of the Rhône River, a short stroll away from Lake Geneva and the city’s captivating Old Town. From here, guests can take advantage of Mandarin Oriental Geneva’s array of cultural and culinary activities, from an expert-guided wine-tasting at renowned department store Globus, just next door, to a “Watchmaker for a Day” workshop at Initium – a rare opportunity to explore the secrets of Swiss watchmaking and try your hand at building your own Swiss mechanical watch.


Mandarin Oriental, Milan


The stunning interiors and terraces of this 18th-century bolthole are enough to make any guest want to drop anchor, order a Negroni and watch the well-heeled world go by, but that would almost be a waste of this prime piece of Italian soil. Mandarin Oriental, Milan not only boasts a privileged position in the heart of the city – the Duomo is just around the corner – but the hotel also offers a staggering assortment of experiences for visitors looking to delve into the many facets that make Milan a cultural capital. A number of private and small-group tours promise to reveal the city’s innumerable treasures, from its classic landmarks to its contemporary architecture, historical icons and undiscovered wonders, while expert-led museum and gallery tours – including a glimpse of the nearby Poldi Pezzoli Museum guided by the Museum Director or Curator – cater to art devotees. Fashion lovers, of course, get their due in this city of style, through experiences like silk scarf-creating with designer Joanne Ship, a private tour of Milan’s most exclusive jewellery boutiques and ateliers, or a unique customised tour of the best vintage shops and street markets with a Personal Vintage Shopper.


Mandarin Oriental, New York


A city that always leaves you wanting more, taking a truly satisfying bite out of the Big Apple is hard to do – and almost impossible unless you’ve got the right home base from which to launch your adventure. Mandarin Oriental, New York, fortunately, is located mere steps from Columbus Circle and Central Park, and within striking distance of some of the city’s premier places of interest. Think: Carnegie Hall, Broadway, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, Times Square and 5th Avenue. Some of the coolest things in New York go unnoticed to those passing through, however, which is why the staff at Mandarin Oriental New York are experts in the city’s most happening places and events. Ask and ye shall receive, anything from Brooklyn street art tours to tips on the most secretive speakeasies, personalised culinary experiences and custom sightseeing itineraries. Stay here, and you’ll feel like a local in no time.


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