Go­ing Down­town

COOL, SASSY HO­TELS ARE NO LONGER THE PRE­SERVE OF THE­ATRE LAND AND THE SHOP­PING DIS­TRICTS OF NEW YORK. VIR­TUOZ­ITY VIS­ITS THE FOUR SEA­SONS DOWN­TOWN FOR SOME BANK­ING CHIC

Virtuozity - - Destination -

ANY HO­TEL LO­CATED IN New York’s famed busi­ness dis­trict should, by rights, be stuffy and mon­eyed. But lo­ca­tion doesn’t al­ways dic­tate de­sign. Some­times there’s room for even a big in­ter­na­tional brand to be a bit dif­fer­ent and hit that sweet spot where a ho­tel feels wel­com­ing, with­out be­ing too for­mal. Cosy with­out be­ing a pas­tiche.

Lo­cated right by the new de­vel­op­ments at Ground Zero, the Four Sea­sons Down­town is a haven of cool chic, in what is in many peo­ple’s eyes the epi­cen­ter of cap­i­tal­ism. Lower Man­hat­tan lit­er­ally smells of cash, of bonds and stocks. Busi­ness peo­ple in dark suits walk briskly be­tween anony­mous of­fice build­ings. The fa­mous FTSE charg­ing bull is so close you can al­most feel its breath on the sparkling win­dows.

But step in­side the Four Sea­sons and its bou­tique feel hits you like a warm jumper (handy in a chilly East Coast Oc­to­ber). The dark shades of the dé­cor and the low light­ing are jazz club-cool, whilst the staff, suit­able at­tired in Star Trek-es­que dark uni­forms couldn’t be more help­ful. The US does ser­vice very well, and the Four Sea­sons has got it down to a fine art form.

The ho­tel was de­signed by ar­chi­tect Robert A.M. Stern, whilst the in­te­rior de­sign was done by Yabu Pushel­berg. The build­ing is one of New York’s tallest res­i­den­tial tow­ers, so the ho­tel soars above the lo­cal neigh­bour­hood, giv­ing you won­der­ful panoramic views of those quintessen­tially

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