Four Seasons Downtown New York

Recommended by a new friend in New York, we had to try this new opening since it was so close to where we were staying at the Beekman but I was also curious to see how different the Downtown property would be in comparison to the one on the Upper East Side. Considering it is nestled in between TriBeca and The Financial District the hotel yet has a very unique personality. Usually hotels in the City in London are considered to be corporate and that was my expectation from The Four Seasons Downtown. I was pleasantly surprised that it has embraced the upcoming side of downtown that is chic, buzzing and yet luxury.

It was our last morning in New York and we decided to treat ourselves to a nice breakfast. So we made it over to the hotel which is a block away from the World Trade Center. What I liked about the design is that it is urban but doesn’t compromise on luxury nor is it stuffy. The sculptures and art are inspiring. Though I am not a huge fan of Cut Restaurant by Wolfgang in London mainly due to it being extremely overpriced for what it is – the breakfast at this one at the hotel was well presented, serviced and reasonably priced. We were a bit too excited and went for the pancakes and porridge plus juices and coffee – all which we enjoyed. Again, the restaurant is spacious and every table does feel it has it’s privacy. It is definitely a great restaurant for morning meetings. It has its own personality and due to being a part of the transformation of Downtown Manhattan it feels a bit more trendier than other Four Seasons I have been to. A spot that will definitely impress your clients!

 

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Aretsky’s Patroon

Thanks to the concierge at the New York Palace – I discovered this classy gem for my birthday eve in Manhattan. Located in midtown, it is a lovely and quaint restaurant which plays live jazz and has the most delicious brioche to start with. I decided to go for the steak (as usual) and my friend ordered the veal. We really enjoyed the atmosphere. Not too loud, not too quiet and they really made my birthday eve special.

I would also recommend it for your first evening in Manhattan as usually the tiredness eventually gets to you and this had the perfect mix of New York glamour, charm and understatedness. Loved the townhouse exterior!

For more information visit: Aretsky’s Patroon

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Fowler & Wells

Located on the ground floor of The Beekman Hotel, this restaurant proved extremely handy during the early hours of jet lag. We spent most mornings here grabbing our first coffee and pain au chocolats. A Tom Colicchio restaurant with opulent interiors; the mirrors and chandeliers are my favourite. A definite plus for me was the good quality coffee – rare in hotels but the supplier they use is very unique and their own cafe is located in Fulton station – Irving Farm Coffee Roasters. 

If I weren’t short of time and always on to the next thing in New York – I would spend many hours here staring at the interiors!

Definitely recommend it for breakfast!

The Beekman

I knew The Beekman was opening in New York but I wasn’t sure when I would get the chance to experience it. When my friend Kate suggested we book a trip to New York in May tied in with my birthday I knew I had to find something different and exciting for her since she is an interior designer and always looking for interior design inspiration.

Now being back in London and looking back all I can say is that I have been thrilled with the experience of the hotel, the restaurants, the service and the ambience. It is a gem and has transformed the experience of being downtown. It is walking distance from Fulton Station – connecting you to most subway lines, walking distance to West Village and conveniently located to some great shops.

The 9 story atrium is one of the key features of the hotel. Every morning coming out of my room and looking down at the bar from the 5th floor was a treat. Though you may feel that rooms overlooking the bar would lose their privacy – it was right the opposite. You instead felt a part of a private residence with stunning architecture and connectivity between the spaces.

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The room itself was a great mix of vintage and modern furnishings complimented by a spacious marble bathroom. Our room overlooked Nassau Street with views of stunning red buildings making us feel a part of a neighborhood.

 

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It is the small details that make a huge difference. The rooms aren’t equipped with coffee machines but the lobby offers a complimentary coffee service in the morning which you can help yourself too and it is great coffee! Additionally, the hotel is home to a stunning bar, Fowler and Wells (a Tom Colicchio restaurant) and Augustine (all of which I will feature in a separate blog.)

My advice to those who feel downtown is isolated or cut off from midtown and beyond – it is not. You must stay there next time – it is the place to be and definitely worth staying at for a few nights!

For more information visit The Beekman’s Website

I would definitely go back!