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REVIEWS


FOUR SEASONS HOTEL NEW YORK DOWNTOWN


New York, US


LOCATION: As the name suggests, the recently-opened Four Seasons New York Downtown is situated between Tribeca and the financial district, next door to the iconic Woolworth Building and just a couple of minutes’ walk from the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. Although weekends can still feel a little quiet in the mornings and evenings, there is a distinct sense that the hotel has opened at just the right time to capitalise on a burgeoning renaissance for Lower


Manhattan. FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Four Seasons brand has a distinctive look and feel, but this new-build suggests it is trying to develop another string to its bow. The finery is still there, ensuring the brands’ loyal guests won’t be disappointed, but modern twists and unfussy decor give the hotel its own personality. The staff are attentive, and the high ceilings of the public areas evoke the lobbies of many of the classic buildings nearby. The hotel has 189 rooms, including 28 suites, and our Premier Room was spacious and bright, with some lovely touches including a dark wood vintage-style drinks cabinet and a


freestanding bath. THE FACTS: Opened in autumn 2016, the hotel is part of an 82-storey building that also features 157 private residences on the upper floors. A Wolfgang Puck restaurant is the celebrity chef’s first venture into Manhattan, but the signature feature is the spa, which boasts seven treatment rooms, a couples’ spa suite, an outdoor terrace and a lap pool, and is a haven from the sensory overload of the city.


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great jumping off point, whether you want to discover more of Manhattan or the city’s outer boroughs. Assuming you’ll want to indulge in some retail therapy during your visit, despite the less-than-cheery exchange rates, the new Westfield World


A GOOD BASE FOR: Returning visitors keen to explore New York and find some breathing space from the craziness of Midtown. The powerful 9/11 Memorial & Museum is close by, allowing guests to arrive early and take their time. Tribeca’s cool nightlife is a 15-minute


walk away, while in the opposite direction you can be on Brooklyn Bridge within 10 minutes for an early-morning stroll over to Brooklyn Heights for breakfast and views without the crowds. With Chambers Street, Park Place and City Hall subway stations in close proximity and the Staten Island ferry a walk away, the hotel is a


Trade Center is just a block away. WOW: While there are plenty of material aspects you could pick to focus on, the standout feature of the hotel is the balance that has been struck between old-school elegance and the demands of the modern affluent traveller. The influence of the boutique hotel scene can be seen in the design of the interiors and the approach of the staff, yet the property retains an unmistakable Four Seasons feel and is an outstanding addition to the portfolio.


BOOK IT: Rates start from $595 per night, on a room-only basis.


FOURSEASONS.COM/NEWYORKDOWNTOWN Robin Searle


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