Absolute luxury is right here at the Four Seasons New York City.
Having been the most expensive hotel when it opened (at a cost of $500 million), it is easy to see why it is a city landmark and a type of mecca for those with a few hundred thousand dollars lying around! The Four Seasons Hotel New York is located at 57 East 57th Street between Park and Madison Avenues, amidst the city's premier corporate and shopping addresses. Located next to the hotel is The Fuller Building, a 1920's skyscraper housing some of New York's finest galleries. Retail stores on the block include: Louis Vuitton, Prada, Ghurka and Brioni men's and women's boutiques.
When the Four Seasons opened in 1993 it was considered no less a masterpiece. With its cathedral-like faade of French limestone, its 33-foot-high onyx ceiling over the grand foyer, and outsized Art Deco torches lighting the stairway to the lobby, the mere act of checking in took a sense of pageantry. A total of 368 oversized guest rooms occupy the 47 floors of the building. Each guest room averages 600 square feet in overall size, with approximately 400 square feet devoted to the sleeping area, 120 square feet to bathrooms and 100 square feet to the dressing area. In 2004, the hotel underwent a complete soft goods refurbishment project. All guestrooms and suites feature DVD players, flat-screen TVs and enhanced fabrics, carpets and drapes.
Suite accommodations include Four Seasons Executive Suites, Four Seasons Premier Suites, Deluxe Suites, The Royal Suite and two Presidential Suites occupying the 51st floor of the hotel. I. M. Pei has come out of retirement to oversee the recent renovations on the Presidential Suites as well as the new Penthouse Suite opening in 2006. Guestrooms and suites offer expansive views of Central Park and the city skyline with the $20,000 per night Presidential Suite offering 360 degree views. 57 restaurant and Ty Lounge, both located in the hotel's Grand Lobby on 57th Street, are two new dining outlets unveiled in Autumn 2005. The restaurant features regional seasonal American cuisine with a portion of the menu changing monthly to celebrate the ethnically diverse culinary staff at the hotel. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch is served seven days per week. Ty offers the finest selection of aperitifs, spirits and champagne to complement the savory menu of hors d'oeuvres from 5-10 p.m. Afternoon tea is also served daily from 2-5 p.m.The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New York was refurbished in September of 2003. A sophisticated menu includes a variety of massage, facial and body treatments. Waxing services are offered, and a private nail suite was created to accommodate manicure and pedicures. In addition, a state-of-the-art fitness centre featuring individual flatscreen TVs for cardiovascular equipment is also available. There are also separate men's and women's locker rooms, saunas, whirlpools and steam rooms.