Just steps away from New York’s iconic Woolsworth building and the new $4 Billion Oculus train station and shopping mall, the Four Seasons' second New York outpost is aptly situated in the city’s old-meets-new Financial District. Well-known as the city’s financial hub, the neighbourhood is experiencing a revitalisation of sorts – with a slew of new shops, sights and eats opening up all around.
Behind the commanding black doors, lies an opulent, yet refined Yabu Pushelberg-designed space outfitted with shades of ivory, brown, bronze and gold. A striking gold art piece consisting of gilded books welcomes guests on their way through the lobby.
With striking Manhattan views, spa-like stone bathrooms and custom headboards over wood paneling, understated elegance is the name of the game here.
A twice-daily turn down service paired with super attentive and professional staff indicates a true to Four Seasons form.
With the city’s whirling buzz outside, the hotel’s spa, located on the third floor, is a tranquil haven with endless treatments from a basic massage to a Dr. Burgener green caviar body treatment. Downstairs, the hotel houses New York’s debut Wolfgang Puck eatery with CUT – a quintessential American steak restaurant – along with a beautifully eclectic bar fit with velvet chairs and red neon lights.
A worthy contender in an up-and-coming New York City neighbourhood, the Four Seasons New York Downtown is a lush escape in the concrete jungle.
Date visited: October 2016