Melanie Nayer, award-winning travel expert and hotel reporter, is right—what you see when you first walk into a hotel will set the tone for your stay. It’s only appropriate for a hotel to focus on the aesthetic of their lobby to make a great, long-lasting first impression. And according to her blog for Boston.com, the elliptical lobby at the Mandarin Oriental, New York mesmerized her.
Nayer said that as soon as you step off the elevators onto the 35th floor of the Columbus Square building, you don’t instantly notice the check-in desk or stunning views of Central Park. Rather, the elliptical-shaped lobby and the Dale Chihuly sculpture captivate your eyes.
The focal point of the lobby is the specially made Dale Chihuly clear blown glass crane sculpture, which rises from an oriental moss garden. According to Nayer, “The sculpture is set into a custom-carved wood and silver vessel that flows in line with the lobby’s elliptical-shaped marble and granite floor.”
The lobby’s ellipse shape was inspired by the feng shui principles, which represent harmony, unity and a constant flow of energy.