Design-Driven AC Hotels by Marriott® Brand Debuts in New York City

Midtown Manhattan’s Hottest New Property Features Elegant Year-Round Rooftop Lounge with Views of the Empire State Building, Creating an Oasis of Calm in the Heart of the City

Times Square remains the beating heart of Manhattan, and now travelers can be at the center of the action while still having space to reflect with the opening of the new AC Hotel New York Times Square. This new AC Hotel is perfectly positioned near the Garment District and only a half-block from the Times Square public transportation hub. The hotel is the first of two planned for the European-inspired AC Hotels by Marriott brand in Manhattan this year, with a second property expected to open in the Financial District later in 2018.

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The Midtown hotel melds an urban vibe with classic elements that hark back to the brand’s Spanish roots. The entrance lobby is 23 feet high with a large, open staircase to the lower level illuminated by a skylight shed roof. Its 290 guest rooms will offer an oasis in the midst of the bustle of NYC with a sleek and classic modern style. With options like floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies, guests can enjoy unparalleled city views.

AC Hotel New York Times Square features two food and beverage experiences. The beloved NYC restaurant Boqueria will bring its lively Spanish tapas and signature convivial spirit to 260 West 40th Street, adjacent to the new AC Hotel lobby. The restaurant features a location-specific breakfast menu, a large rotisserie, and time-honored favorites like Pan Con Tomate, Pulpo a la Plancha, and Paella de Mariscos from Catalan chef Marc Vidal. Castell, a year-round rooftop lounge will be open to guests and locals alike when it debuts in May 2018, serving up views of NYC’s iconic skyline along with shareable plates, Happy Hour rituals, and cocktails, including the brand’s signature Gin & Tonic.

We are delighted to introduce New York City to the AC brand’s ‘New Way to Hotel,'” says Corry Oakes, President/CEO of OTO Development, the Johnson Management company that developed and operates the new hotel. “In addition to intriguing architectural details, local artwork in common spaces, and dynamic culinary options at Boqueria and Castell Lounge, what guests will truly appreciate is having space to breathe in this city that never sleeps.

AC Hotel New York Times Square brings travelers the best of contemporary European architecture infused with the design-forward spirit of the NYC Fashion District, as interpreted by Helpern Architects. Visitors are drawn into the elegant, double-height lobby via a granite-paved plaza; as they enter through the pleated glass façade, they become immediately aware of the signature materials such as Venetian terrazzo, quarter-sawn dark walnut millwork, and the dark patina of statuary bronze that makes the whole area glow. The modern-day grand stair that wraps top to bottom of the lobby and the large, open well-lit space make for the perfect backdrop for the property’s impressive art installations.

With the Spanish heritage of the AC Hotels by Marriott brand, our design-driven hotel brings new inspiration to the city,” says Benjamin Britton, General Manager of AC Hotel New York Times Square. “We provide everything essential you need – and nothing you don’t – creating a seamless, tranquil and frictionless experience for our guests, whether they’re traveling for business or leisure.

The AC Hotel in Times Square has developed signature programming, with attention to detail at every step – each one crafted to encourage guests to slow down in this hectic city. With elements such as lavender sachets at turndown (freshly made each day) to help promote better sleep, guests will feel taken care of but not fussed over. Other amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, 3,365 square feet of event space, and an AC Market featuring locally sourced items such as Hell’s Kitchen Hot Sauces.

“At AC Hotels, everything is done with intention while creating harmony – we believe if we have time to make it, we have time to make it beautiful,” said Benoit Racle, Global Brand Leader, AC Hotels by Marriott. “We are so pleased to welcome AC Hotel New York Times Square to the AC Hotels family as our first New York City property, and to be able to offer visitors and locals in Manhattan a tranquil space in the heart of the city to relax, reflect and reset.

The purposeful design of AC Hotel New York Times Square also features a collection of artwork by a mix of local and well-known artists. Ranging from sculptures to abstract painting, these expressive pieces are visible in shared spaces to inspire guests during their stay – one could almost call it a private art gallery. Guest room walls feature photography of New York City’s unique and iconic architecture such as Fulton Street Station and the Oculus.

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TripAdvisor Recognizes World’s Best Airlines With 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards

Global Flyer Reviews Reveal Singapore Airlines as Best in the World; Southwest is Top U.S. Airline

TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for airlines, identifying travelers’ favorite carriers around the globe. For 2018, Singapore Airlines was named the number one airline in the world and Southwest Airlines ranked as the best U.S. carrier. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of airline reviews and ratings submitted by travelers worldwide, over a 12-month period on TripAdvisor Flights.

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Following the success of last year’s inaugural Travelers’ Choice awards for airlines, the 2018 award categories expanded to honor 69 airlines that provide exceptional value and service across the world. In addition to the world list, the Traveler’s Choice awards recognize the best airlines in seven regions including Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, South Pacific & Oceana, Africa & Indian Ocean, and the Middle East. The awards also recognize the top airlines in four distinct service classes: International First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice award winners are outstanding service, quality and value.

Class of Service Global Winners: Recognizing airlines around the world that provide a consistently exceptional passenger experience in each cabin

Best First Class: Singapore Airlines, Singapore
Best Business Class: Qatar Airways, Qatar
Best Premium Economy: Air New Zealand, New Zealand
Best Economy: Singapore Airlines, Singapore

We’re thrilled to recognize the global TripAdvisor community’s favorite airlines and shine a spotlight on the carriers around the world that provide the very best flying experiences,” said Bryan Saltzburg, senior vice president and general manager for TripAdvisor Flights. “As the airline industry introduces new fare products and a widening array of in-flight offerings, consumers continue to seek out the carriers that deliver value and a quality experience. The Travelers’ Choice awards for airlines recognize the carriers that exceed passenger expectations and receive top marks from travelers.

Asian Carriers Flying High
Among the global top 10, Asian carriers dominated with four airlines on the list (Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines, EVA Air and Korean Air); followed by the Middle East with two airlines (Emirates and Qatar Airways).

Top 10 Airlines in the World: Recognizing airlines around the world that deliver consistently exceptional experiences to the global traveler

1. Singapore Airlines, Singapore
According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “
I flew from Sydney to Singapore in business class. The food was the best I have had in the last ten years. Service was great and the staff actually wanted to be there. One of the best, if not the best airline.”

2. Air New Zealand, New Zealand
According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “
The flight attendants are friendly, courteous, professional, and dedicated to customer service. The dinner was excellent, even in Economy class, and there was complimentary NZ red and white wine. Even the safety videos are entertaining. I wouldn’t fly any other airline between the U.S. and New Zealand.

3. Emirates, United Arab Emirates
According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “
This airline is the essence of style, class and comfort. Everything I had expected was surpassed. From their presentation, to their service, which is professional, but does not override their personable approach to travellers. The Airbus is huge, but the atmosphere within is comfortable, seats are wider, windows are bigger.

4. Japan Airlines, Japan
According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “
This airline carrier is exquisite and features great on board meal service, drink service, and the entertainment is great. They provide excellent service with exceptional leg room. This airline is truly above most others and comes with outstanding crew members.”

5. EVA Air, Taiwan
According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “
One of the things that separates EVA out from other airlines is in the little things. I was blown away by the novelty of the “Character” flight we took. Everything from the pillows to the meals – it was Hello Kitty cuteness overload. Kids’ meals are excellent. These small personal touches made our entire flight experience so much nicer!”  

6. Southwest Airlines, United States
According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “
We choose to fly Southwest whenever we can. Their flights are on time and the service is friendly and efficient. We don’t mind not having assigned seats. Bags fly free, and we always check ours. Frequent Flier miles are easy to accumulate with their membership program.

7. Jet2.com, United Kingdom
According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “
We have just come back from Portugal and all I can say is what a fab service from jet 2. From start to finish, they made my holiday less stressful. I have never been with them before and can certainly say they’re better than most other companies I have been with.”

8. Qatar AirwaysQatar
According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “
I’ve traveled a lot in my life and Qatar is one of my favourite airlines to travel with. The bar in a380 (business class) is the best. The service regardless of class is fab. The treatment of frequent fliers is great… food very tasty for economy … and very big portions… Entertainment is top notch. They are one of my favourite airlines for eco travel.”

9. Azul, Brazil
According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “
Azul is a lovely airline, employing a fleet of Embraer regional jets offering 2 + 2 seating. Service is efficient and you always get a package of “aviõezinhos” (airplane shaped gummy bears) to chew on the short domestic hops.”

10. Korean Air, South Korea
According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: “
We traveled from Chicago to Hong Kong with our toddler, and could not have been more pleased with the experience. Basic economy on KA is basically economy plus on other (especially US-based) airlines. The flight staff actually made me like the experience, rather than detract from it. I’ll be flying KA whenever possible in the future.

We are honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Best Airline in the World title in the prestigious TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Airlines 2018. The award is a validation of the hard work and dedication of our thousands of staff all around the world, who focus their attention every day on ensuring that Singapore Airlines remains competitive on a global level,” said Singapore Airlines’ CEO, Mr. Goh Choon Phong. “Our business model is based around three main pillars – product leadership, service excellence and network connectivity. We are continuing to invest heavily in all three areas to ensure we have industry-leading offerings that meet and exceed our customers’ expectations, both on the ground and in the air. Continue reading

TripAdvisor Names The Best Airlines In The World

World’s Largest Travel Site Announces 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards for Airlines, Based on Flyer Reviews

Emirates is the #1 Airline in the World; Delta and JetBlue Top North American Lists

TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the winners of its first annual Travelers’ Choice® awards for airlines, recognizing travelers’ favorite carriers around the globe. Emirates was named the top airline in the world, followed by Singapore Airlines and Azul. Winners were based on airline reviews submitted on TripAdvisor Flights from February 2016 to February 2017.trip-advisor-logo-png

The awards honor 50 airlines overall, including top lists for the World, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa; as well as 16 regional winners. The awards also highlight top airlines by the level of service, covering First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy, and Economy. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of airline reviews and ratings submitted by travelers worldwide, over a 12-month period. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice award winners are outstanding service, quality, and value.

We are proud to announce the inaugural Travelers’ Choice awards for airlines, to help travelers make the most well-informed air travel decisions, based on the experiences of the global TripAdvisor community,” said Bryan Saltzburg, senior vice president and general manager for TripAdvisor Flights. “The airline industry is investing billions of dollars in new aircraft and service enhancements to differentiate the flying experience and these awards recognize the carriers offering the very best experiences and value to the traveling public.”

Among the top 10 global list, Asia holds the highest number of individual winners, with total of five (Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, Japan Airlines, Thai Smile and Garuda Indonesia); followed by the United States, with two airlines in the top rankings: JetBlue and Alaska Airlines, in fourth and ninth places, respectively.

Top 10 Airlines in the World:

1.      Emirates, United Arab Emirates
2.      Singapore Airlines, Singapore
3.      Azul, Brazil
4.      JetBlue, United States
5.      Air New Zealand, New Zealand
6.      Korean Air, South Korea
7.      Japan Airlines, Japan
8.      Thai Smile, Thailand
9.      Alaska Airlines, United States
10.  Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia

Class of Service Global Winners:

Best First Class: Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Best Business Class: Aeroflot, Russia
Best Premium Economy Class in the World: Air New Zealand, New Zealand
Best Economy Class in the World: Emirates, United Arab Emirates

North America Awards:

Top Major Airline in North America:
Delta Air Lines, United States

Top Mid-Size & Low-Cost Airlines in North America:

1.      JetBlue, United States
2.      Alaska Airlines, United States
3.      Southwest, United States
4.      Virgin America, United States
5.      Westjet, Canada

We are honored to be named the Best Airline in the World in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Airlines 2017,” said Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airlines. “The fact that the awards are a result of unbiased reviews and feedback speaks to our commitment to deliver a superior travel experience for our customers. We want travelers to continue making Emirates their first choice whenever they think to travel. That is why we continue to invest in products and services across all classes, and why our service teams work hard and put their hearts into providing the very best experience for our customers both onboard and on the ground every day.”

Our mission of inspiring humanity sets us apart from every other airline,” said Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue executive vice president of customer experience. “This recognition by TripAdvisor and our customers demonstrates once again, that we are on the right path. Thanks to our 20,000 crewmembers who live and breathe our unique values every day. It’s our culture that inspires us to provide exceptional service, while we continue to build upon the product our customers love.”

For the complete list of winners from the 2017 Travelers’ Choice awards for airlines, visit www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Airlines. Travelers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #TravelersChoice.

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to unleash the potential of every trip and offers advice from millions of travelers, with 465 million reviews and opinions covering 7 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions, and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features — checking more than 200 websites to help travelers find and book today’s lowest hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 390 million average unique monthly visitors** in 49 markets worldwide. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP), through its subsidiaries, manages and operates websites under 23 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.comwww.bookingbuddy.comwww.citymaps.comwww.cruisecritic.comwww.familyvacationcritic.comwww.flipkey.comwww.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.comwww.eltenedor.comwww.iens.nl and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.comwww.holidaylettings.co.ukwww.holidaywatchdog.comwww.housetrip.comwww.independenttraveler.comwww.jetsetter.comwww.niumba.comwww.onetime.comwww.oyster.comwww.seatguru.comwww.smartertravel.comwww.tingo.comwww.travelpod.comwww.tripbod.comwww.vacationhomerentals.com and www.viator.com.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, November 2016
**Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q3 2016

Let’s Rise: Westin Hotels & Resorts Reveals a Powerful Rally-Cry for Travelers To Regain Control of Their Well-Being While on the Road

$30 Million Brand Campaign Underscores How Westin Tackles The Travel & Wellness Trends Unveiled In New Global Survey

Westin Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc., today unveiled its first global brand campaign in more than five years, taking on the disruptions, distractions and unpredictability of travel and empowering travelers to embrace well-being as a way to regain control of their routines and be their best while on the road. The $30 million dollar, integrated advertising campaign – called Let’s Rise – communicates Westin’s commitment to its guests’ well-being before, during and after their stay. Beginning today, the Let’s Rise campaign will be featured in broadcast, digital, radio and out-of-home channels, with print placements to follow later this year. The Let’s Rise mantra will also serve as an anchor for the wellness programs and partnerships that roll out for guests and associates throughout the year.

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Westin – Let’s Rise (Photo: Business Wire)

Westin’s Let’s Rise campaign is inspired by and illustrative of the wellness and travel trends fueling the future of both industries, as articulated in a new global study*** conducted in partnership with StudyLogic that surveyed travelers in North America, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, the United Arab Emirates and China. The results show a seismic shift in the way today’s travelers prioritize their well-being. With less time and more disruptors on the road, they are reinventing business and leisure travel to put things like fitness first with new vigor to pursue mindfulness and adventure.wescmyk-186431-Westin Hotels Resorts Brand Logo CMYK color versi

Let’s Rise is perfectly positioned to connect with travelers as more of a rally-cry than a brand campaign, given today’s over-scheduled and always-on culture,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Westin Hotels & Resorts. “Around the world, we are seeing travelers realigning their priorities to put their well-being first, and Westin is proud to empower our guests to rise to the occasion and be their best selves on the road.”

Brand Campaign Challenges Travelers: “Will You Get Up, or Will You Rise?”

Westin worked with San Francisco-based Venables Bell & Partners to develop the multi-faceted campaign, consisting of multiple executions in which travelers take control of their well-being. Illustrating guests enabled to wake up early for a run, stay on track with healthy eating goals, and find time to revitalize with an incredible night’s sleep, the campaign aims to connect consumers to the signature programs inherent in Westin’s DNA – from the iconic Westin Heavenly Bed to its workout Gear Lending program in partnership with New Balance® – all designed to embody the brand’s Six Pillars of Well-being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well, and Play Well.

Because morning is the first and best opportunity to take control of the day ahead, the campaign uses morning light as a consistent creative device to speak to the potential that the morning holds. Overall, the campaign calls consumers to answer a simple question, “Will you get up, or will you rise?

Global Study Shows Seismic Shift in Travelers’ Well-being:

1. Unpredictability of Travel Sees Stress Skyrocket in 2017: Guests around the Globe Turn to Wellness to Regain Control

In the last three years, rising wealth and digital connectivity have prompted a significant spike in global travel and the unpredictability that accompanies it. It is no surprise then that nearly 3 in 4 travelers report they have trouble maintaining their routine on the road. More than 60% say they sleep less, 65% say they exercise less, and 15% report increased stress levels on vacation, a time traditionally thought of as downtime for rest and relaxation. Continue reading

United Polaris “Now Arriving” at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Iconic New York City Windows

New Window Display Showcases United Airlines’s New International Premium Cabin Travel Experience

United Airlines and Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled a United Polaris-themed takeover of the windows in the luxury retailer’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Entitled “Now Arriving,” the 14 storefront windows display a replica of a United Airlines plane. The center six windows feature a re-creation of the United Polaris experience, including actual United Polaris seats, which will debut on flights in February, and the cabin’s custom Saks Fifth Avenue bedding suite. The United Polaris themed windows will be on display until Jan. 22, 2017.

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Exterior Facade of Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City

United will begin rolling out the United Polaris seat on its Boeing 777-300ER fleet this quarter and subsequently on Boeing 787-10 and Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, as well as on Boeing 767-300 and 777-200 retrofits. The first of nine United Polaris lounges is now open at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, with the remaining opening this year and next.

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United Polaris business class takes over the windows at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. Entitled “Now Arriving,” the 14 storefront windows display a replica of a United Airlines plane. The center six windows feature a re-creation of the United Polaris business class experience, including actual United Polaris seats, which will debut on flights in February, and the cabin’s custom Saks Fifth Avenue bedding suite.

We designed these windows to give passersby the feeling that they are actually walking through the luxurious United Polaris cabin,” said Mark Briggs, executive vice president, creative, Saks Fifth Avenue. “The attention to detail throughout the installation is impressive, from the real United Polaris seats and Saks bedding to the United flight attendant uniforms and Saks’ signature fashion represented by the season’s top ready-to-wear resort looks.”

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United Polaris business class takes over the windows at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. Entitled “Now Arriving,” the 14 storefront windows display a replica of a United Airlines plane. The center six windows feature a re-creation of the United Polaris business class experience, including actual United Polaris seats, which will debut on flights in February, and the cabin’s custom Saks Fifth Avenue bedding suite.

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Robb Report Reveals Top Trips For 2017 With Annual Travel Issue

January 2017 Issue Reveals 21 Exciting Jaunts, Journeys, and Adventures for the Year Ahead

Robb Report, the global voice of real luxury, welcomes the new year with its highly anticipated Travel Issue. For the 2017 edition, Robb Report dives deeper into the year’s most dynamic destinations and highlights the most sophisticated sojourns and enthralling experiences to check off your travel list, from an underwater adventure in the Seychelles to an around-the-world getaway for gourmands.

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Robb Report Unveils Annual Travel Issue Revealing the Luxury Media Brand’s Top 21 Trips for 2017

Our ninth annual Travel Issue celebrates our readers’ ever-increasing appetite for unique and exceptional experiences,” says Robb Report Editorial Director Bruce Wallin. “We dug deeper than ever to find 21 one-of-a-kind trips that are sure to entice even the most seasoned travelers.”

From Cuba (No. 3) and Abu Dhabi (No. 15) to Tanzania (No. 10) and Uruguay (No. 16), Robb Report‘s Top 21 caters to every traveler’s tastes, passions, and interests. Coming in at No. 7, the Cayman Islands—long known primarily as a tax haven—are emerging as the latest laidback luxury escape thanks to a new wave of development that, more than a decade after Hurricane Ivan, includes extraordinary and distinct resorts. Robb Report Editor in Chief Brett Anderson offers his firsthand account of the revitalized Caymans with an insider’s look at the luxury hot spots turning the Caribbean tide.

If you’re planning to jet off in 2017, do so with panache courtesy of Robb Report‘s list of the latest accessories and apparel sure to make any trip smoother, smarter, and more stylish. From an ergonomically designed trolley case to dual-time-zone watches and a packable water-resistant jacket, Robb Report Executive Editor Jill Newman presents a selection of eminently useful pieces that scream first-class. And find out which destinations Robb Report‘s editors are dreaming about for 2017 in “The Robb Perfect 10,” from a charter trip on Alaska’s Prince William Sound to a tour of the soon-to-be-opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, debuting this fall.

Along with the start of a fresh year comes the inevitable attempt at resolutions. Whether they be focused on nutrition, fitness, or overall self-improvement, Robb Report’s Health & Wellness Editor Janice O’Leary spotlights the significance of a good night’s rest to all of them. In “Dream Trips,” discover 10 tips to upgrade your travel experiences—and your life—by getting premium sleep while away from home.

Be sure to check out www.RobbReport.com for more great escapes for the discerning traveler, including new ski chalets in Switzerland and beyond, a beachside retreat in Anguilla, and an AMG driving experience in New Zealand. Robb Report is available as a digital edition for the iPad and iPhone via the iTunes App Store and through Zinio.

For more information, visit RobbReport.com and connect with us on Twitter (@robbreport), Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

 

The Height Of Luxury: The New Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Unveils Specialty Suites

Manhattan’s Most Coveted Accommodations Offer Modern Residential-Style Living With Numerous Thoughtful Touches For Discerning Travelers, All Wrapped In Signature Attentive Four Seasons Service

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The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown taking its place in the New York City Downtown Skyline

At The Crossroads Of Tribeca And The New York Financial District, Just A Block From The World Trade Center, The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Adds Its Classic Architectural Profile To The World’s Most Famous Skyline.

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Entrance at 27 Barclay Street

Open just a few months, the all-new Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown (27 Barclay Street, New York, New York 10007, USA, 646-880-1999has quickly become the preferred address for visitors to Lower Manhattan thanks to its welcoming accommodations, unique hotel features and unparalleled service. Among its 189 light-filled guest rooms and suites, seven specialty suites are proving to be particularly popular. Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is also home to CUT by Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef’s first outpost in Manhattan, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Lobby

The Royal Suite is the pinnacle of cosmopolitan style, spanning an entire side of the 24th floor with views in three directions. Several of the corner Gotham Suites have a rarity in New York hotels – walk out terraces on the 23rd and 24th floors. Finally, there are the Tribeca Suites with apartment-like layouts and amenities that feel far more like a home than a hotel.

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CUT By Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef’s first (and only) outpost in Manhattan, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks; at The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

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CUT By Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef’s first (and only) outpost in Manhattan, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks; at The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Designed by acclaimed New York architect Robert A.M. Stern, the all-new 82 story building was envisioned to blend seamlessly into the skyline, as though it had always been there. Indeed, with 157 private residences occupying the upper floors, the ambiance is distinctly residential. Art-filled interiors are by Yabu Pushelberg, the Soho and Toronto-based designers known for their fresh aesthetic and exacting attention to detail, coupled with Four Seasons dedication to creating environments that anticipate every guest need, including a desire for flexible space they can make their own while in residence. (More on that below.)

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Japanese Wagyu beef, known worldwide for its marbling, naturally enhanced flavor, tenderness and juiciness, is a specialty of the house at CUT By Wolfgang Puck.

The Royal Suite

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown – Royal Suite Living Room

Inspired by the gracious apartments of the city’s elite, the 2,400 square foot (223 square meter) Royal Suite spans the entire east side of the 24th floor. Residents and their guests enter through a formal foyer, with living spaces to the left. A corner living room has two seating areas, a blue onyx fireplace and a custom oak bar topped with imported stone from India. Off the ten-seat dining room, a large butler’s pantry with its own staff entrance is perfect for family meals, or entertaining clients. Down the gallery-like hall, a separate library/media room can host private screenings or game nights, and there’s also an executive-style office and a powder room.

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown – Royal Suite Master Bath

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown – Royal Suite Living Room

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown – Royal Suite Living Room

At the far end is the lavish master suite, with a corner bedroom featuring silk wallcoverings, walk-in dressing area and five-piece bath. The space can be separated from the rest of the Royal Suite and even has its own entrance for complete privacy. Additional bedrooms can be connected to the suite for families or those traveling with staff.

Special services for Royal Suite guests include airport transfers via limousine or helicopter, butler service, complimentary private bar and confirmed seating at CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Share Wolfgang Puck’s innovative take on specialties such as Japanese wagyu steak, along with New York’s freshest seafood, in a stylish, convivial atmosphere designed by Jacques Garcia. With its own entrance on Church Street, CUT by Wolfgang Puck is among the finest restaurants and bars in Downtown NYC, and the place where New Yorkers and world travelers come to be part of the scene.

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