The best Four Seasons properties on the US East Coast
“Luxury, by definition, means something that appears to be the best of whatever it represents. It’s a word that raises people’s expectations, whether talking about clothing…or locations for people to live. You pay for recognition, but probably the most important thing it represents is delivery on the promise of the brand’s name.” – Isadore Sharp, founder of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
In 1961, visionary entrepreneur Isadore Sharp opened the first Four Seasons property in Toronto, Canada, with the goal in mind of molding a new kind of personalized brand of hospitality. The hotel’s success served as the foundation of the brand’s expansion, with each property thereafter maintaining the same level of commitment in quality, guest satisfaction, and overall experience. With now over 120 properties worldwide, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is often regarded as the pinnacle of luxury travel. With its commitment to consistent excellence, travelers often pursue Four Seasons as their preferred brand in hospitality. Below are some of the most highly regarded properties on the east coast of the US:
Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown hails as one of the tallest skyscrapers on the block. This 82-story building, which opened in 2016, offers stylish and modern accommodations and amenities, while its central location attracts an array of clients.
Each standard room offers a spectacular city view, with its categories offering a choice of Brooklyn, Soho, Manhattan, and Hudson. The luxury suites range in size from 700 sq.ft to 2,400 sq.ft. Each room and suite are equipped with high-tech amenities, luxury-branded toiletries, and the signature Four Seasons bedroom set for a deep slumber.
In addition to its aesthetic and geographical appeal, this property also serves as the home to CUT, a world-class steakhouse owned by renowned chef Wolfgang Puck. Its sophisticated ambiance, just steps away from the hotel lobby, is a great location for a fine-dining experience.
Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Miami
With one property in the city of Miami, Four Seasons offers a second property, located in a more quiet side of town. The surf side property, nestled down Collins Ave, serves as a staple for a luxury beach getaway. When guests step inside the property, they’re instantly met with a sense that the building itself is home to a decadent past, and they’d be correct – as The Surf Club was once home to an all-inclusive social club in the 1930s. As guests make their way down the hallway of palm trees and towering archways, they may catch a glimpse of old-Hollywood nostalgia, as names such as Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor once walked the same halls.
“The thought process behind The Surf Club’s creative vision has always been to preserve its spirit and respect its iconic story,” Gabriela Navarro, head of creative at Fort Partners, shared with Travel + Leisure. Guests can see the preservation of its history in all corners of the hotel, with its signature Champagne Bar being a focal point where modern memories are welcome to mingle with the old memories over prohibition-era cocktails.
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The accommodations range from ocean bungalows to ocean-front views, while each room category offers an interior of modern design, sleek furniture, and a fully furnished balcony to enjoy the coastal views of the Atlantic Ocean.
This property is home to The Surf Club Restaurant, a Michelin-Star restaurant which offers an array of fine-dining options. Helmed by Michelin decorated chef Thomas Keller, guests can indulge in some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, such as the NY steak, while accompanying their dish with a glass of choice featured in their extensive wine list.
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
Travelers loyal to Four Seasons will be delighted to know there’s more than one coastal property in Florida. North of the iconic Miami beachside property, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach is another well-loved destination.
What sets this property apart from its southern counterpart is, while this property still holds consistency in detail and luxury, guests with little ones in tow may feel they have more kid-friendly options, with a more honed-in focus on family activities. Across many resorts, the brand offers their “Kids For All Seasons” kid program, where children 4-12 can enjoy an extensive list of daytime activities such as sandcastle building and arts and crafts, monitored by staff specially trained for interaction with children.
Adults can enjoy the relaxation of coastal living, with beach-front accommodations and spacious balconies to enjoy the cool of the ocean breeze. For those looking to further unwind, the resort offers a world-class spa with a variety of wellness options to choose from.
The resort’s signature restaurant, Florie’s, delivers an impeccable fine-dining experience, with European chef Mauro Colagrecco at the helm of the Mediterranean-inspired menu. “Palm Beach is an ideal place for me with all of its similarities to my home in the South of France including the environment, the sun and the sea,” he shares, per the property’s main website. Other dining options include pool-side casual fare, and beach-front cabana dining.
Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C
This may not be the most iconic building down Pennsylvania Ave, but guests will argue it comes close. Located a short distance away from historic American landmarks such as the White House and National Mall, Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C is a perfect choice for those looking for a centrally located stay in the nation’s capital. With its prime location, staff often welcome high-profile names in worldwide politics. Near the famed neighnorhood of Georgetown, guests can enjoy a variety of cultural activities.
Guests can choose from a variety of room categories to personalize their individual stay. Each room offers a welcoming ambiance of both comfort and luxury, with its staple bedroom set and plush wardrobes included. In addition to its luxurious rooms, this hotel offers a wellness center, gym, and heated indoor pool.
Guests can enjoy an array of dining options, starting with the popular breakfast spot, Seasons. In the evening, the hotel’s signature restaurant Bourbon Steak is a popular option for both business meetings and family gatherings alike. Guests are called to the dim, intimate setting of The Lounge at Bourbon Steak calls for a round of post-dinner cocktails, with outdoor firepit options as well.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
When the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World opened in August 2014, it was met with instant acclaim and response, seamlessly claiming the top spot amongst local luxury hotels. To associate with the brand that is Four Seasons is to seek a particular form of refined service, and its Orlando location has left no stone unturned.
Secluded behind the multi-million dollar private residences of Golden Oak, this resort is complete with a luxurious full service spa, lengthy lazy river, adult-only pool (as well as a family friendly option) and first class dining services including fine dining Spanish tapas steakhouse Capa. With a magnificent 17th story view of the Orlando sky, it is the perfect location for a quiet and intimate dinner.
Start the day right with a buffet style breakfast and end it on a savory note at the critically hailed Italian restaurant Ravello. The jewel of the crown, however, is secluded away at the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club: Plancha is a Cuban-American style of cuisine, praised as the “hidden gem” of the the resort. This lunch menu offers a unique twist on classic Cuban dishes, which can be complimented and washed down with an array of original cocktail choices including a spin on the classic Mojito.
Though located on Disney property, Four Seasons Resort Orlando is careful to create an experience where spending the day at Disney World is more of subtle suggestion than an invitation. With a variety of activities for adults, children, and solo travelers alike, often, guests will come to find that there is no reason to leave the AAA Five Diamond resort.
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia
Located in the heart of the city inside the Comcast Center, Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is proudly crowned as the city’s first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel. Guests occupy the highest levels of the towering skyscraper, which offers incredible views of the historical city’s skyline. Designed by world-renowned architecture Norman Foster, the hotel’s design serves as a beacon of modern elegance and sophistication.
With a range of accommodation categories to choose from, each room includes a view above the clouds. Accompanied by modern technology, luxury bedspreads, and high-quality toiletries, guests can relax into luxury and spacious comfort.
A sight to marvel at, the hotel’s Infinity Pool provides guests with a sweeping skyline view, as they take a couple of laps on the 30,000-gallon pool above the 57th floor of the hotel. Further activities of enjoyment and leisure include the five-star spa, with a variety of enhancement options of indulgence.
Guests can enjoy fine-dining contemporary options crafted with local and seasonal ingredients at the hotel’s signature restaurant Jean Georges Philadelphia. After-dining cocktails can be savored at the JG SkyHigh Lounge, which offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the city.