Finding the perfect hotel in New York is no easy feat. With hundreds – if not thousands – of properties to choose from, how do you find ‘the one’? To save you from scouring the concrete jungle online and IRL, Savoir Flair has the answer: Four Seasons Hotel New York. Not only has this five-star sanctuary earned bragging rights for its location, but there are also three other reasons why it should be your New York City pick. And they are…
Location, Location, Location
Rising above one of the most prestigious addresses in New York, the Four Seasons stands proudly in a highly exclusive spot: Billionaire’s Row. It’s nestled perfectly between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, so you’ll be a stone’s throw away from Central Park, the boutiques on 5th Avenue, and the twinkling lights of Broadway, all of which are bound to keep you endlessly occupied in the city that never sleeps.
Art enthusiasts will love that the MoMA is a few streets over, while fans of architecture will be in their element as Midtown East is home to some of the most iconic buildings in the city, including the Rockefeller Center, which is just 1,000 yards away. But some might argue that the hotel itself is just as iconic.
That Design, Though
To say the Four Seasons stands out from the crowd is an understatement. Not only is it the second tallest hotel in NYC and the fourth tallest in the US (it occupies the entire 670-foot skyscraper), but every room also comes with a view – of the park, the city, or both. And what a view it is! The windows themselves are enormous, flooding rooms with natural light while revealing the always bustling streets below.
But you may want to turn your sights inside because the Four Seasons New York is the only hotel in the entire Western hemisphere to be designed by legendary Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, the late visionary behind iconic structures such as the Louvre glass pyramid in Paris. It’s no surprise that the hotel’s famous lobby draws in admirers. The 33-foot high ceilings and imposing French limestone pillars here are something you’d expect to find in Ancient Egypt – if it wasn’t for the Art Deco touches and onyx ceiling, that is.
In a city of over 8.5 million people, space can be hard to come by – but not at the Four Seasons. At an average of 56 square meters, the property boasts the largest standard guest rooms in New York. Add in the fact that each floor has fewer than 16 rooms, and the word ‘sanctuary’ instantly comes to mind. The hotel is also home to the breathtakingly beautiful 400-square-meter ‘Ty Warner Penthouse’ that, priced at $50,000 per night, is the most expensive one-bedroom suite in the world. Soaring at over 500 meters, it boasts 360-degree views, four glass balconies, a private library, a grand piano, and a stunning rock-crystal bathroom.
But whether you splash out for a super suite or not, you’ll have more than enough space to pile up all those shopping bags – when in New York, right? Each room is home to an enormous marble bathtub that fills up in just 60 seconds (yes, we counted), a dedicated vanity area, and walk-in closets. The style is cozy and minimalist, with Japanese-inspired interiors, king-size beds, custom Tai Ping carpeting, and hand-knotted rugs.
At Your Service
Five-star hotels in New York are famed for their customer service, but the Four Season’s team goes above and beyond to make you feel like one of the (many) celebrities it welcomes. The concierge team is on hand 24/7 to help you with everything, be it securing tickets to the latest Broadway show or booking a private cruise around Manhattan. Oh, and don’t be surprised if you spot them wearing their prestigious Les Clef d’Or pins. These golden keys are only given to the world’s most elite concierges who have the best contacts, connections, and skills. And naturally, the concierge team at the Four Seasons Hotel New York has more golden key members than any other property in the city.
The extraordinary level of service runs throughout, from the savvy staff at The Garden restaurant who remember your go-to breakfast order (three words: lemon-ricotta pancakes) to the friendly housekeeping team who greet you by name. It’s these small touches – along with the likes of a state-of-the-art gym, a luxurious spa, and even a new Assouline store – that makes the Four Seasons almost impossible to leave. But with so much happening just outside its doors, you’re bound to enjoy the best of both worlds.
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