Four Seasons Hotel - New York: Located in the heart of Manhattan's shopping and business district is the glorious Four Seasons Hotel.
First Impression/Lobby: As soon as we pulled up in front of the Four Seasons I knew we were in for a treat. Sharply dressed doormen and bell-hops were there to greet us and welcome us to the Four Seasons Hotel.
Walking into the hotel itself was almost like walking into the home of an old friend. There is an air of 'welcome home' or 'welcome back' that is hard to describe. You just know you are at the right place the moment you walk through the door.
The lobby has massive ceilings and is flanked with a bar and lounge on one side and a restaurant on the other. Directly in front of you is the concierge desk, staffed with three concierges when we arrived. Around the corner was reception with four representatives, all busy attending to guests. Luckily, it took just a minute before it was my turn.
Reception: Just as you would expect at a Four Seasons, the check-in process was warm, welcoming and fast. If there is one thing I can say Four Seasons does consistently well, it would be the reception and check-in process. Around the world, the Four Seasons Hotels always make you feel welcome and appreciated. Many hotels could learn the art of professionalism and a warm welcome from them.
Concierge: It has always been my feeling that a good concierge can make your trip better and that a great concierge can make your trip bombastic. Just imagine how your trip could be if your concierge was bombastic. Luckily, Courtney was the concierge we talked with and he helped to make our trip remarkable, memorable and of course, bombastic.
Read more about Courtney.
The Room: We booked a Park View Tower Room which offers a stunning view of Central Park. From 30+ floors up you cannot see the detail of the park, but seeing that much green surrounded by the never-ending concrete city was spectacular.
Aside from the view of Central Park, the room itself was spectacular in its own sense. Huge by New York standards, the room had a king-sized bed complete with touch button curtain and blind controls next to the bed (you have to love the details), a large seating area with two side chairs, stool, desk and large flat-screen TV. The room was decked out in calming shades of light tan and gold. The calming affect is just what you need after a day out on the city.
The huge marble bathroom has a separate shower and deep bathtub. The bathtub is perfect for soaking your tired body and fills in just sixty seconds! Across from the bathroom is the largest dressing room/walk-in closest I have ever seen in a hotel. Huge!
Room Service: In typical Four Seasons class and style, the room service menu, delivery and service are top-notch and of course, above a five-star level. With the variety and number of restaurants in New York its hard to justify dinin in, but if you choose to do so, you will be more than satisfied with all Room Service has to offer.
Housekeeping: In one word, perfection.
Restaurant: As I mentioned above, with the variety and number of restaurants in New York, it was hard to justify not going out to explore the city. So, we did not try 57 or L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, the two restaurants in the hotel.
Overall Impression Stunningly beautiful, perfect location, excellent service, everything you expect from Four Seasons. Even though there is an endless array of hotels in New York tempting me to try them on my next visit to New York, I will be sure to stay with Four Seasons for at least part of my stay, it is just too good to pass up.