Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
What We Love
- It’s steps from the Hudson River waterfront
- The indoor lap pool with an underwater soundtrack
- The first NYC location for chef Wolfgang Puck’s international steakhouse, CUT
- A 24/7 gym
What To Know
- The skyscraper is downtown Manhattan’s tallest residential building
- Larger suites here have balconies
- The hotel is a mix of 157 private residences and 189 guest rooms
- The spa menu includes Switzerland-based Dr. Pauline Burgener’s debut treatments for an American clientele
In many ways, the opening of this stately Robert A.M. Stern tower (inspired by its trailblazing neighbor, the Woolworth Building) is confirmation that Downtown Manhattan is officially ready for business. Within easy reach of many restored area landmarks including the grand Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus and Wall Street’s new World Trade Center complex, the Four Season brand’s 99th addition is urban grandeur at its sleekest. An unexpected L-shaped lobby, slender hallways and towering walls are a more sophisticated reflection of the frenzied financial district itself. Jewel-box-like rooms are just as calming, clad in café au lait colors with 55-inch smart TVs and One World Trade Center views from the bathtubs. A highly flexible room service menu (the full range of options is available 24 hours a day) ensures you can summon a midnight filet mignon or a bagel-and-lox platter for dinner, underscoring this property’s allegiance to slick, in-a-New-York-minute service.
In the Area
Emerging from its reputation as the city’s after-hours ghost town, the hotel’s FiDi backdrop is now a resuscitated culture hub. Wander the pulsing marketplace and restaurants of nearby Eataly, Chef Mario Batali’s gustatory wonderland; squeeze in a photo-op with the brand-new Fearless Girl statue squaring off with Wall Street’s Charging Bull, and even find oases like Elevated Acre, a park on a building plateau that overlooks the East River helipad. To really sink your teeth into the surroundings, take an ambulatory history tour of the area via Wall Street Walks. You’re also just a five-minutes from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, powerful and poignant monuments to a day that forever transformed this city.
How to Get There
This was my second stay at this glossy, new addition to the Four Seasons portfolio.
As other reviewers have mentioned this is well-placed in this part of the city and has a good variety of different accommodation options. This time we had a Hudson Suite, which I liked as it has the second bathroom that I prefer when travelling as a couple.
This trip, admittedly, I had a couple of glitches at check-in, but they were very quickly resolved and I am most impressed by the visibility of senior management in the public areas at this hotel - something that many other top hotels should look to emulate.
The only reason for the mark at 4 not 5 is that this IS a Four Seasons, so expectations are high and personally I think that the breakfast service at Cut is inconsistent, often lacklustre and occasionally insolent. Is this restaurant fully managed by the FS I wonder? Incidentally, Cut has an altogether different atmosphere in the evening and service levels are more in-keeping with what you would expect.
Service elsewhere is excellent, very friendly, making you feel extremely welcome.
I will definitely be back whenever I am on business downtown but might opt for room-service breakfast next time!
Fantastic Hotel in Downtown. We loved the pool and the nice room. Very close to subway. Friendly staff. The restaurant was ok, but not outstanding. Only downside was, that they could not setup an extra bed or sofa for our 8 year old boy.
This was the second time we stayed at the Four Seasons Downtown and is was exceptionally good again!! The room was fantastic, my husband used the pool and fitness facilities and really enjoyed that. The location is awesome.....we walked the Brooklyn Bridge both mornings we were there as it is only a couple of blocks from the hotel. The staff is top notch, especially the door men with a huge shout out to Kirk in particular!! He remembered us from last year and we even ran into him in Tribeca one afternoon away from the hotel. He recognized us and stopped to chat for a minute. Very friendly and courteous! Would definitely recommend the Fours Seasons Downtown every time!!!
I've stayed here twice. The first time was a generally great stay, and I appreciated the typical Four Sesons service at a property that's super sexy and new feeling. Similar in style to The Conrad close by, but with elevated service and amenities as you'd expect with FS. I had a few issues that were so minor (room service steak ordered rare that came medium, as well as a noticeable stain on the room carpet) I didn't even feel the need to speak to the staff, I just mentioned on the survey everything wasn't absolutely perfect. Lo and behold, the GM reaches out to me via email and says he'll make sure to take care of me on a return visit. Just completed that stay and pleased to say everything was entirely flawless this time.... and yes, I re-tested the room service steak. It was deliciously rare this time.
I have stayed at Four Seasons hotels all over the world and I can honestly say this is one of the absolute best. We booked the Family Escape package which included cute things for my toddler like her own tiny bathrobe, rainbow rice crispies treats with her name in icing, a free pay per view movie, free valet, etc. My husband, I and little Sienna were awestruck by this hotel and how well treated we all were by literally every staff member we came across. She felt like a two foot tall celebrity and was treated like royalty and so were we.
One of the things I loved about the hotel was that all requests (room service, house keeping, valet, etc) can be done through an iPad in the room which makes it incredibly fast and easy. I arrived at the hotel really hungry so was able to immediately sit down with the iPad and enter my room service order. Within 25 minutes, an impossibly charming man with an Italian accent showed up (calling my toddler ‘princess’) and set up a table in our room consisting of food that was so mind blowing it made me want to cry. I think of myself as someone who is very hard to impress given I travel a lot and blow all of my money on nice hotels. I’ve been underwhelmed by many hotels that have fabulous reputations, but this one blew my mind. The service, the food, the luxurious amenities, the friendly valet staff, the glorious pool - it all delivers. Literally can’t wait to go back and have that room service all over again