A new luxury property opening is always an exciting event, but when that hotel is in New York City, well, that kicks expectations up a notch. Our first look at the buzzy new Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown only cements our thinking that downtown is the new place to be in Manhattan.
We recently visited to get the inside scoop. Here’s what you need to know before booking a stay.
Located in Tribeca, just steps from Wall Street, the new Oculus, the World Trade Center and the new shops at Brookfield Place, Four Seasons New York Downtown is perfectly positioned for work, play and everything in between.
On a recent visit, we saw tech types, fashionistas and stock-trading sorts alike stroll through the lobby. Want to explore? You’ll also be minutes from the Meatpacking District’s nightlife and some of the city’s best boutiques in SoHo.
The hotel recruited celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck to open his first New York restaurant, an outpost of his signature steakhouse CUT. The clubby bar is permanently packed, offering up a delectable “rough cuts” menu (try the steak tartare and mini grilled cheese sliders) as well as classic cocktails with a twist, such as in-house, barrel-aged Manhattans.
In the main dining room, which intimately seats 86, expect fresh seafood and prime steaks that are hand-grilled over hard wood and charcoal and finished in a 1,200-degree broiler. Décor features dark woods and velvet in moody, sexy hues.
Even the 24-hour room service is a treat. The food is delivered on hand-selected dishware made by local artisans. The selections include trendy eats like avocado toast and açai bowls.
By New York standards, the hotel’s 189 rooms and suites are massive, starting at 400 square feet and featuring huge windows to allow for abundant natural light. Some windows even open – a rare treat in a New York City hotel.
Residential in feel, the units are designed in a soothing palette of light blues, grays and taupes, and showcase the exquisite perks we’ve come to expect from the brand. Picture deep-soaking tubs and marble bathrooms with heated floors. If you can, secure one of the suites with a terrace overlooking downtown.
Devised by design darling Yabu Pushelberg, the hotel’s interiors are an Instagrammer’s delight. Massive marble walls, an artfully stacked display of gilded books in the lobby and a perfectly serene indoor saltwater pool all serve as glorious backdrops to a photo and your stay. Brushed bronze accents and fabrics in muted jewel tones make the property feel contemporary yet comfortable – an idyllic place to retreat to after a day in the city that never sleeps.
The intimate spa is the hotel’s hidden gem. The seven-room oasis (with a couples’ spa suite) has a spacious 6,000-square-foot fitness center with panoramic views of the Oculus. Inside the spa itself, find his-and-hers saunas and steam rooms, a lap pool and a wildly relaxing menu of treatments.
Get the Serenity Massage if you really want to Zen out or try the ultimate in skin care with the Luxury Green Caviar treatment. This is the only spa in New York to carry Omorovicza of Hungary products as well as the lone spa in the U.S. to feature experiences curated by Swiss-based Dr. Pauline Burgener.