The hotel is located on 57 street, bang in between the shopping havens of Madison and Park Avenue. The hotel skyscraper boasts being the tallest hotel in New York with dizzying views of the City from the Ty Warner Suite on the 52nd Floor. It’s built in an uncompromisingly grand style; onyx, art-deco and fine art.
Now fast forward a week to the end of our trip… I had packed the box and it was Raul who came up to pick it up. I had cello-taped it shut and made a rather suspect ‘cellotape handle’ so I could lug it across the airport. Then I went for lunch with my uncle and aunt from Connecticut. On return I had found that Raul had gone to get some proper heavy duty rope and properly tied it around the box and made a thick, sturdy handle so it would be easy to carry.
We were upgraded to a lovely deluxe room on the 14th floor; tastefully appointed in warm calm neutrals and very large by New York standards. The bathroom was typical Four Seasons, massive bath, walk in rain shower, fluffy robes and Bvlgari toiletries. The walk-in closet was also handy, especially for a manic last minute dresser like me. Then the huge windows that looked down onto the beating streets and the endless yellow taxis really gave me the feeling of being part of the City. I cannot think of a single thing that was lacking or anything I would have changed.
The Four Seasons New York is home to one of the City’s coolest eateries, the renowned L’Atelier De Joël Robuchon. In the evenings the vibe is buzzy and it is best to reserve in advance as it is so popular. Them there are other excellent dining options like The Garden eatery, The Ty Lounge, The Caviar Lounge and The Bar. But wherever you are in the Hotel the food is shockingly good regardless where you eat. And if after too much over-indulgence you are feeling particularly corpulent; there’s always the state-of-the-art gym and spa to whip you into shape.
Typically my home away from home has not disappointed and that’s no surprise considering that I’ve yet to come away from a Four Seasons stay feeling anything but satisfied. My biggest piece of advice to anyone staying in NYC (even if you aren’t staying at the FS) is to head to the Hotel for a life-changing breakfast. New York is an amazing city and this place is definitely one of the best bases in the City from which to explore it. Definitely crashing here again next time I’m in the Big Apple!
57 East 57th Street
New York 10022