On July 10Christoph Schmidinger answered the question:All Four Seasons Hotel New York rooms are special in their own way. It is all based on preference. There are city and park views on every floor and some rooms have terraces. The most expensive and luxurious suite of all would be the $40,000-a-night Ty Warner Penthouse Suite, a result of a multimillion-dollar project.
On July 10Christoph Schmidinger answered the question:Working closely with architects I. M. Pei of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Frank Williams of Frank Williams & Associates, the hotel has an interior design that conforms to a statement of volume and height, embracing warm, personal spaces. "We selected interior elements that were very sensitive to the architectural features of the building," says Don Siembieda, whose former firm Chhada, Siembieda, Remedios, Inc. handled the design. Fabrics, finishes and colors complement the neutral honey tones, soft grays and beiges of the limestone and marble. The finest silks, wools, leathers, woods and metals in soft shades of gray, bronze, celadon, caramel, green and cognac adorn public areas and guest rooms. These colors complement the English sycamore, beech, maple, limestone, bronze, nickel-silver and onyx materials used extensively throughout the hotel.
In the guest rooms, there is an extensive use of a creamy-colored English sycamore wood — a color value of the French limestone used predominantly on the building's exterior and interior. "In the 1920s and '30s, English sycamore was a very sought-after material," Siembieda says. "It is a luscious, beautiful wood with a unique fiddle-back grain, which gives it a very rich feeling."
Upon entering the guest rooms, the English sycamore is immediately apparent. It serves as the wide architectural moldings around each window and is the principal wood used in the furniture and in the built-in dressing room cabinetry. Each guest room consists of four separate spaces and features 10-foot-3-inch-high coffered ceilings, giving it strong vertical thrust. Large picture windows frame the view of New York. The rooms are finished with soft, neutral tones like gold, cream, copper and pale yellow. Each room features limited-edition art from the 1900 to 1950 era — a period closely associated with the birth of the modernist design scheme.
In order to create a residential and welcoming feeling, each room features an entrance foyer with a built-in refrigerator/mini-bar, with a marble top and mirrored wall. Bedroom furnishes of creamy English sycamore with slightly darker wood marquetry are spacious and sleek, designed to blend seamlessly into the subtle color scheme. The use of oval shapes lends a feeling of even greater spaciousness.
Oversized beds with Rivolta linens are flanked by oval nightstands and CD alarm clocks. A sitting area contains an upholstered, softly rounded full-size sofa, comfortable armchair, lamp and coffee tables; an adjacent executive area is furnished with an oval partner-style desk (5 feet by 3 feet), two upholstered chairs, a telephone, desk caddy, fax hook-up, stationery and directories. DVD players, plasma TVs and fax machines are also offered. The dressing room is paneled in the same English sycamore, with a mirrored walk-in closet and built-in drawers beneath a spacious covered luggage bench. In this area, storage shelves, a safe, clothes hangers and shoe brushes can be found.
The large bathroom is entirely of peach, beige and gray marble, from floor to cove-lit coffered ceiling. A marble vanity with wall-to-wall mirrors surrounds a porcelain sink. Conveniently located under the sink are creamy sycamore shelves and drawers holding a hair dryer, towels and other toiletries. The toilet is set into its own marble alcove with a phone; a deep-soaking tub sits within a marble deck, backed by a glass-enclosed shower. Chrome fixtures highlight the marble surfaces, and all bathrooms offer a flat-screen TV.
The hotel's four specialty suites include the Royal Suite, Presidential Suite 5101 and Presidential Suite 5102, and the $40,000-a-night Ty Warner Penthouse. The 4,300-square-foot penthouse, located on the to floor of the hotel, is the most expensive accommodation in the world.
While similar colors and materials are used in all rooms, the suites feature a variety of different design schemes and artwork. "The individual areas of the hotel contain many of the same colors and materials to create strong cohesion, yet each space is individually treated to evoke a distinctive residential and elegant feel — one that is both restful and symbolic of New York," Siembieda says.
On June 27Christoph Schmidinger answered the question:Four Seasons Hotel New York is very lucky to have a variety of restaurants for our guests to choose from. The Garden Restaurant is home to power breakfasts and lunches; TY Lounge offers a cozy place to have tea, drinks and dinner in front of the fireplace; and The Bar is the best place to be seen in NYC.
On May 24Christoph Schmidinger answered the question:Clearly the best way to see New York in one day is to hire a personal, professional guide to show you the major areas and landmarks and point out the hidden jewels the city has to offer.
On May 24Christoph Schmidinger answered the question:
On May 24Christoph Schmidinger answered the question:New York is one of the cultural capitals of the world. It has more cultural events that any other city. On any given day one can enjoy a performance watching the Metropolitan Opera and then attend the Puerto Rican Parade and anything in between.
On May 24Christoph Schmidinger answered the question:Of course we are going to say Four Seasons Hotel New York, but if we should be sold out we’d recommend the following hotels:
The Mandarin Oriental
The Ritz Carlton Central Park
On May 24Christoph Schmidinger answered the question:One of the best ways to get around is by taking a double decker bus around Manhattan. When travelling with children, get on this bus for a fee and have the driver drop you and your family off at the following destinations:
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Helicopter tour of the city
The Museum of Natural History Central Park (including a carriage ride)
On May 24Christoph Schmidinger answered the question:New York is blessed with so many possibilities. Whatever you're in the mood for, you will find it! I think the hidden jewels, which are off the radar, are the best experiences. These places tend to try harder, go the extra mile, and give you a better chance of seeing real New Yorkers in action. A good rule of thumb is to plan in advance and do research. It would be embarrassing, for example, to show up at Daniel (you just read a great article on Chef Daniel Boulud on the plane) wearing blue jeans and have the maitre'd tell you, "I'm terribly sorry, we have a strict dress code."
On May 24Christoph Schmidinger answered the question:Whether it is one or two days, the best way to see the city is to hire a guide and/or a driver to take you around the various neighborhoods of New York City.
On May 24Christoph Schmidinger answered the question:It is essential that you pack your most comfortable shoes as you will be pounding the pavement. A perfect little black dress and a sport jacket or suit with a tie for a man will get you into all the restaurants, clubs, etc. And if your forget anything, it can be purchased here.
On May 24Christoph Schmidinger answered the question:Walking around in the most amazing city in the world is the best free thing to do in New York. On your journey, the following are also free:
A concert in Central Park
The River to River festival (in summer)
A tour of the store windows (at Christmas)
A tour of the Art Galleries of Chelsea
Movie night in Bryant Park
Regional Vice President & General Manager
Four Seasons Hotel New York
New York, NY, USA
“I got the travel gene early.”That’s Christoph Schmidinger, son of an Austrian diplomat, encapsulating the happy result of the “very cultured”grand tour of the Continent he enjoyed before settling with his family in Germany. Yet when it came time to choose his own career, the regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Hotel New York sidestepped his father’s calling for something similar in the private sector. “I always wanted to have a lot of contact with people, yet I wasn’t interested in government work,”he recalls. “There are few jobs that embody this to such an extent. Diplomacy and hotels are really quite similar, only you’re dealing with different characters and aspects of quality.”Schmidinger’s plunge into the hotel world has served him and Four Seasons well over the years. Drawn to the vibrancy and complex infrastructure of sizable addresses, he worked for major hotel groups throughout Asia before joining Four Seasons Residences Singapore in 1993. Transferred to the United States in 2000, he became general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta and then moved on to The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel).