Review: Four Seasons Downtown New York

Kelly Allen reviews the Hudson Suite at Four Seasons Downtown New York

In a stylish Hudson Suite, you’ll feel like you’re in your own slick New York pad. Four Seasons says they are inspired by the cutting-edge design of Batman’s own Gotham City, but I found the palette of soft neutrals and cool blues a little more relaxing. There’s no shortage of space with a dining table for four, private bar, lounge room and two bathrooms, including a spa-like master with a free-standing tub.

Locale

The second Four Seasons property in the city, the hotel is in Downtown Manhattan, close to the Financial District. It’s one of the first luxury properties to open here and is part of the incredible rebirth of the area over the past 15 years. While it is still quieter than Midtown, especially after 5pm, it’s now buzzing with new activity, and there are plenty of quaint bars and speakeasies nearby, particularly in the lively Meatpacking District and Tribeca. The 9/11 Memorial, Highline and Brooklyn Bridge are only a couple of blocks away.
 

Look and feel

The hotel opened late last year in Downtown’s tallest tower, 30 Park Place, and everything is suitably grand and shiny. Impressive wrought iron, timber and glass doors welcome you to the hotel and inside you’ll find cream marble floors with gold accents, sleek timber walls, and modern lines with a cool downtown vibe.
 

Eat in

Breakfast in bed! Room service was a special treat with a wonderfully indulgent menu including an antioxidant smoothie, acai bowl, ancient grain porridge, lemon ricotta pancakes and the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted. Delivered on a linen-covered table with a beautiful setting and served by a friendly waiter, it was a meal to remember.
Award-winning steak restaurant CUT, Wolfgang Puck’s first New York City opening, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on the ground level of the hotel. The dinner menu features every kind of steak you can imagine from Japanese pure Wagyu ordered by weight to grass fed Angus from upstate New York. It’s a carnivore’s dream.
 

Treat yourself

The urban chic Spa at Four Seasons has partnered with Dr Burgener Switzerland and Omorovicza Cosmetics to provide a customised spa experience. There’s a 23-metre lap pool bathed in natural light, and surrounded by plenty of plush lounges, plus a high-tech gym offering everything from yoga to TRX Suspension Training. Decompress with a stint in the steam room.
 

Special touches

Having stayed at several Four Seasons hotels, I know I can expect the best service and this Downtown property didn’t disappoint. Upon check in, Tyrone was incredibly helpful when there was a slight mix up in my reservation – he sorted it out immediately. He also greeted me by name and asked about my day each time I walked by.
 

Illustration by Taylor Conacher

Stay Here

Size: 84sqm

Price: On request

fourseasons.com/newyorkdowntown/

 

Upgrade

The top-of-the-line Royal Suite takes up half of the hotel’s 24th floor with a footprint of 223 square metres. There’s dining for 10, a media room, art installation in the private foyer and a steam shower.
 

The checklist

  • Free WiFi
  • 24-hour gymnasium access
  • 24-hour reception and room service
  • Valet parking
  • Complimentary newspapers
  • Turn down service
     
 

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