Four Seasons Hotel New York, Downtown opens October 2016
Already home to finance and technology start-ups, advertising innovators, media influencers and growing information industries, Downtown is the new crossroads of creativity and commerce, soon to be joined by an all-new outpost of the world’s leading luxury hospitality company.
Opening late Summer in the heart of the new Lower Manhattan just a block from the World Trade Center, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtownwill be the brand’s second location in the city, and will introduce the very first Manhattan restaurant by acclaimed Chef Wolfgang Puck. The hotel is now confirming reservations for arrivals beginning October 17, 2016.
The Look of the New Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
In a timeless tribute to the city’s distinctive early 20th century architecture – the iconic Woolworth Building is just down the block – architect Robert A.M. Stern has created a new, 82 story skyscraper soaring 926 feet (282 metres) above the historic streets of Lower Manhattan. Taking its place in the world’s most famous skyline, Downtown’s tallest residential building is also home to its newest hotel.
Stepping inside the new Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown on Barclay Street, the frenetic pace of life and work in Manhattan transitions to a moment of peace and calm. The two-story lobby layers architectural elements in response to the ever-evolving urban landscape that surrounds it. Feet rest on soft wool carpeting as the eye takes in original artworks displayed against rich wood walls and woven metal screens. Brushed bronze accents and fabrics in muted jewel tones invite casual socialising, while a dramatic suspended staircase hints at the gracious gathering spaces above.
Throughout the interiors designed by Toronto and Soho-based Yabu Pushelberg, the aesthetic combines varying textures to create spaces that are distinctly modern, and yet immediately welcoming.
Wining and Dining
The opening of Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown also marks a milestone in the career of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, who is opening his first restaurant in Manhattan within the Hotel. His widely acclaimed and wildly popular steakhouse concept CUT by Wolfgang Puck – first introduced at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel – will be accessed via the Hotel or its own entrance around the corner on Church Street.
With interiors by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, CUT by Wolfgang Puck will encompass an 86-seat main dining room as well as a 32-seat lounge with 10 seats at the bar. A generously-sized private dining room will host up to 31 guests.
Like a mini-resort hidden in the midst of one of the world’s busiest locales, the Spa at Four Seasons is a sanctuary of pampering and results-oriented therapies. Here, Yabu Pushelberg has lightened the palette with white tay wood walls and floors of oak and travertine. Each of seven treatment rooms – including a luxe couple’s suite – is dressed in soothing organic lines.
Two-story windows line the 75 foot (23 metre) lap pool, and guests can choose to relax in loungers inside, or out on the secluded sundeck adjacent to the Spa.
Business functions and society galas are equally at home at Four Seasons, where comprehensive service begins at the planning stages and continues through each perfectly executed event. With a dedicated floor reached via elevator or grand staircase from the Hotel lobby, event planners, hosts and attendees are assured privacy and security.
The 2,990 square foot (275 square foot) Greenwich Ballroom offers a fabulous view that juxtaposes the 19th century St. Peter’s Church with the just-opened Oculus, the dramatically-formed home of the new World Trade Center transportation hub. Bathed in natural light by day and lit by a luminous sculptured canopy at night, the room is ideal for sit-down events for 180, or receptions for up to 250. Like all meeting spaces at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, the room is divisible, and has a private pre-function area.
Two additional salons – Chambers and Warren – are the choice for executive board meetings, smaller social gatherings, and conference breakouts. In total, 6,848 square feet (636 square metres) of space is available.
In planning a business or social event, the expert conference services team at Four Seasons can assist in devising all manner of group activities, and are pleased to access their Downtown contacts to plan the most memorable off-site events.
Even in the City That Never Sleeps, sometimes we must. In each of 185 guest rooms – including 28 suites – Yabu Pushlberg has created a residential-style sanctuary that will have guests kicking off their heels and dropping their briefcases as soon as they enter.
Beckoning from the centre of the room is a signature Four Seasons Bed, customisable to individual preferences and dressed in pillowy white linens beneath a pale headboard framed by full height panelling. On either side, evoking an eclectic residential aesthetic, one bedside table is topped by a bronze lamp, while the other is lit by a wall sconce.
At an average 400 square feet (37 square metres) and range up to the 2,400 square foot (223 square metre) Royal Suite, each accommodation is intelligently designed to adapt to individual guest needs. A living space with sofa, leather chair and multi-use table can become a comfortable workspace, a casual dining area, or a cosy spot to curl up with a book or movie. A private pantry and mini-bar is well-stocked with a unique neighbourhood collection of food, beverage and amenities – ready for anytime noshing or in-room entertaining. At-one’s-fingertips-technologies and task lighting are everywhere, from the ergonomic workstation to the bedside tables and even in the bathroom