Everyone’s talking about the ‘new New York’ and at the heart of all this hype is the revitalised Lower Manhattan area.A couple of years ago, we were thrilled to be part of the hotel’s unveiling and, having had a great experience, we were equally thrilled to return. Just moments from Downtown Manhattan Heliport, this relatively new hotel, set in a glistening tower building, was built from scratch and features the understatedly opulent interior design of the husband-and-husband team that is Yabu Pushelberg. Our north-facing, 22nd- floor suite offered a striking view of the city – the vista stretched for miles – while other rooms showcase views of Downtown icon the Oculus and the mighty Hudson River. The sweetest suite is the property’s gorgeous Penthouse, a luxury home- from-home that made us consider buying one of the exclusive residences that are for sale in the building. Perks of being in residence include Cut – 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. With a seven-room spa and pool area, the fitness centre takes up an entire floor and is an escapist’s dream, perfect after a long day in the hustle and bustle: all gorgeous streaked marble, wood and tons of natural light. It takes on a Korean influence and reminded us of our stay at the hotel’s sister property in Seoul. You know an area has become chic when a Four Seasons has moved in.
27 Barclay St, New York City