The fabric of Lower Manhattan continues to change in the wake of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
Earlier this summer, the World Trade Center mall reopened inside Oculus, the Santiago Calatrava–designed superstructure that sits atop the new PATH train station and resembles a white dove taking flight (or the carcass of a Thanksgiving turkey, depending on whom you ask).
More recently, this past Monday, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts opened its 99th hotel and second New York location just up the street—a Robert A.M. Stern–designed, 189-room skyscraper formally named Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. In a press release, the hotelier noted that the new 82-story tower also includes 157 residences.
Technically, the hotel sits in TriBeCa, mere blocks from the part of the city that is being called New York’s “New Downtown.” In addition to being steps from Oculus, it is close to Wall Street’s World Trade Center complex, the National September 11 Memorial plaza, and Battery Park City.
Among its “amenities” we love: a two-story lobby, an epic spa, an indoor lap pool, a new spin on in-room dining, and chef Wolfgang Puck’s first restaurant in Manhattan.
The lobby is the real show-stopper of this bunch, with a suspended staircase, travertine tile flooring, walnut walls, metal accents, and original artwork. Upstairs, guest rooms vary in size from 400-2,400 square feet; each is appointed with masculine colors, and each comes with a marble bathroom, a deep soaking tub, and remote-controlled curtains. Larger suites have private balconies.
The hotel’s approach to in-room dining is completely custom—under the direction of executive chef Shaun Acosta, guests can order whatever they’d like, whenever they’d like it, and meals are served on one-of-a-kind tableware made by local artisans.
The on-site fine-dining restaurant, Cut, is the brainchild of Wolfgang Puck and is open for three meals every day.
The spa, which offers a standard menu of massage treatments, is notable for two reasons: 1) It is the only place in New York to experience facials by Omorovica, of Hungary; and 2) It boasts full-body skin treatments from Switzerland-based Dr. Pauline Burgener, the first time these treatments have been offered anywhere in the United States.
Also worth noting in today’s world of à la carte luxury hotels: The hotel offers free Wi-Fi for all guests.
Room rates start at $649 per night. Entry level rates are available on the hotel’s website, including a free third night.
Matt Villano is a freelance writer and editor based in Healdsburg, California. In nearly 20 years as a full-time freelancer, he has covered travel for publications including TIME, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Sunset, Backpacker, Entrepreneur, and more. He contributes to the Expedia Viewfinder blog and writes a monthly food column for Islands magazine. Villano also serves on the board of the Family Travel Association and blogs about family travel at Wandering Pod. Learn more about him at Whalehead.com