In the “City that Never Sleeps”, finding a luxury hotel to actually get some sleep in might seem daunting. Fear not, there is hope in the heart of Gotham with the five-star, luxury Four Seasons Hotel New York. At 52 stories, the hotel is the tallest in Manhattan and features an art deco inspired interior designed by I.M. Pei. In this bustling metropolis where closets can pass for hotel “suites”, the Four Seasons 368 generously sized rooms and luxury suites are cavernous: 21 include terraces while all rooms feature amenities such as handcrafted furniture, marble bathrooms, bedside controls for opening and closing drapes, and the type of unquestionably quiet solitude needed to subdue the “always on the go” vibe that is Manhattan.
Executive Chef John Johnson has had his work cut out for him since assuming command of the Four Seasons’ kitchen brigade. One challenge in particular was to rethink the property’s storied restaurant, The Garden. Quite simply, it is mission accomplished with a new emphasis on local, fresh ingredients that promote healthy eating. In addition, every top hotel needs an amazing lounge space, and here the newly christened TY Bar (formerly TY Lounge) nails it; offering a cozy living room feel set in the stunning I.M. Pei-designed and art deco inspired space. Designer Pierre Yves Rochon has refreshed the space to create a relaxed atmosphere that is great for people watching. If crowd gazing isn’t your thing, then try L.RAPHAEL – the on-site, ultra-premium spa where technologically advanced skincare, featuring beauty and anti-ageing treatments are de rigueur and the ‘fountain of youth’ is available for those willing to indulge.
The Four Seasons New York is located at 57 East 57th Street, between Madison and Park Avenues. It is easily accessible from all three major New York-area airports: Newark 45 minutes, JFK 45 minutes, and LaGuardia 30 minutes. Limousine and taxi services are available to/from the hotel. Hotel features: 24I Internet, DVD players, twice daily housekeeping. www.fourseasons.com/newyork/
Tip: Not to be missed: The Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes served at breakfast in The Garden.