Just steps away from New York’s iconic Woolworth Building and the new $4 billion Oculus train station and shopping mall, the Four Seasons’ second New York outpost – a property leaning more on the residential side, as only the first 24 floors are reserved for hotel guests – is aptly situated in the city’s old-meets-new Financial District. Well-known as the financial hub, the neighbourhood is experiencing a revitalisation of sorts – with a slew of new shops, sights and eats opening up all around, making it a perfect location for this property.
Behind the commanding black doors lies an opulent yet cosy Yabu Pushelberg-designed lobby outfitted with shades of ivory, brown, bronze and gold. Frequent Four Seasons guests may notice something a little different here though: reflecting the property’s residential nature, this area is more of a space to meet than somewhere to relax and unwind. A striking gold art piece consisting of gilded books welcomes guests as they make their way to the lifts.
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 a super attentive and professional staff stays 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 CUT – a quintessential American steak restaurant – with a beautifully eclectic, yet modestly sized bar fit with velvet chairs and red neon lights.
The Four Seasons New York Downtown is the perfect fit for those looking for a home away from home. From the lack of the customary hotel bar to the minimalist lobby and residential feel, the property might not reflect the standard Four Seasons experience; but this big city escape is still a worthy contender in an up-and-coming New York City neighbourhood.
Date visited: October 2016