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
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