For heart-stopping views, nothing beats the Mandarin Oriental
, in the posh Time Warner Center above Columbus Circle. The lobby level starts 35 stories up in the sky, and the Central Park views are unreal. All 248 sleek, Asian-inspired rooms (which run from floors 38 to 54!) have a sexy red, black, and cream color palette, and the staff can't do enough for you. Toast your first night with "Bella Pescas" (champagne, elderflower liquor, lychee juice, and a splash of Chambord) at scene-y Mobar
, just off the lobby. Rooms from $695.
Photo: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental New York