Everyone’s talking about the ‘new New York’ and the revitalised Lower Manhattan area is at the heart of all this hype. Ironically, all this ‘new’ isn’t actually that new at all, its story rooted in the founding of the city. In the early 1600s the Dutch established new Amsterdam in this part of town and over the years it continues to tell tales that have enriched the American identity. It is where George Washington was inaugurated, a former battleground against the British and infamously, the tempestuous seat of American finance. on this vein of new beginnings, we were thrilled to be part of the unveiling of a brand new Four Seasons property here. Just moments from the downtown Manhattan Heliport, where we were choppered into the city in under 10 minutes from JFK, the glistening tower that’s home to the hotel was built from scratch, featuring the familiar, understatedly opulent interior design of outThere alumni duo Yabu Pushelberg. our north-facing, 22nd floor suite offered a striking view of the city – the vista stretches for miles – while other rooms showcased views of downtown icon the Oculus and of the mighty Hudson river.
The sweetest suite however, is the property’s gorgeous penthouse, a luxury home-from-home that made us consider buying one of the exclusive residences which are for sale in the building. Perks of being in residence include Wolfgang Puck’s first steakhouse in New York City – a showy, boudoir-like, eclectic eatery that’s a departure from the Four Season’s aesthetic identity. The ‘new new york’s’ history is certainly worth checking out. you can opt or a walking tour from many knowledgeable guides, or do it yourself.
In any case, start from the South Street Seaport and head north to get a sense of how the city was first developed. The spa and pool area is an escapist’s dream, perfect after a long day in the hustle and bustle – gorgeous streaked marble, wood and tonnes of natural light. It takes on a Korean influence and if you’ve ever stayed at the sister property in Seoul, you’ll enter with déjà vu. The Four Seasons is exceedingly chic and checks all the service boxes that we luxury travellers could ever want, but our only concern is that it lacks a little in spirit and missed the opportunity to take on something about the area it’s in, either the heritage, or perhaps the vibrance and excitement of the city. This said, it has plenty of room to grow and find its personality, so we’re confident that once this happens, this property will really come into its own.