While the kids were on winter break and Jason was traveling last week, I tried to think of something fun to do with the kids. While travel has become a passion, the big trek with three kids can be draining, so a little staycation was just what we needed. While many of our past staycation “getaways” have been to other parts of the city, that weekend we stayed close to home at the Four Seasons Downtown.
When the hotel opened end of 2016, I took one of their first tours, so I was extra excited when they invited us to experience it for a weekend. Upon arrival, the doorman happened to know all three of the childrens’ names, and if that wasn’t special enough, we walked into our room to find some delicious treats from the chef. The rice crispy treats and cake pops looked so good, they were almost too beautiful to eat!
And speaking of beautiful, I pretty much wanted move into our room, the Hudson Suite. Larger than your average NY hotel room, we had plenty of room to spread out. The large living area had a bronze coffee table and a leather armchair, pull out sofa, desk, and a dining table with space for four. All throughout the room, there were adjustable ambient lighting, and an iPad to access Hotel services. The modern master bathroom (and we had two) had an in-mirror TV and a deep soaking tub, in addition to the separate glass-enclosed shower, which was perfect for my traveling trio! In Jason’s absence, my mom joined us. Having worked in hotels most of her professional life, she was blown away by the property’s style and elegance.
On the first night, we popped into a local restaurant that has become one of the kids’ favorites- Rosa Mexicana. After our fill of guac and tacos, we made our way back to the room, because we had a ton planned for the following day. Before turing in, the kids hopped in the massive size tub, for a fun bubble bath.
A handful of hotels pay attention to the details for their “little travelers,” and I am a stickler for this. I just adored the pint size robes which are always available at Four Seasons locations, because they always make of the most precious photos.
In the morning, we woke bright and early. We planned a trip to Dumbo for the morning, so we called down to room service for a yummy breakfast. During every hotel stay, we always order room service as a special treat, because the kids seem to be fascinated when a tray rolls in from out of nowhere, with their favorite breakfasts.
Following a quick trip to Dumbo with the girls, it was back to the Four Seasons Downtown, to enjoy their indoor pool. I think I gasped when I first walked into the pool room, because it was absolutely gorgeous. It’s only available to hotel guests, so it was super quiet and relaxing while we were there. One surprising feature was the music playing under water while swimming. Seemed ideal for doing laps across the pool. And naturally, there was a lifeguard on duty, to keep an eye on my little swimmers.
After hours in the pool, our hands and toes were all wrinkly, which was our cue to go back to the room. We showered up, before heading to dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s Cut, located in the lobby of the hotel, which I’ve been dying to try. They don’t offer a kids menu, but we had no problem ordering something for them from the bar menu. Dinner was beyond delicious, so much so that I told Jason we will be going again on one of our date nights.
Sunday morning we woke knowing that it was time to get back to reality, but not before I treated myself to the spa. Originally, their spa was only available to hotel guests, but they’ve since made services available to outside guests. Well, I can tell all of you that live in the area, run there because it was just as dreamy! My 80 minute massage left so me completely relaxed, that I am already planning a girls’ day with a bunch of my mama friends!
This is Willie, one of the doorman, who the girls totally feel in love with. He called us by our names, throughout our entire three day stay, and even showed them a secret hand shake that they still do.
On a daily basis, I receive emails from readers, asking for recommendations on where to stay with their family when traveling to New York City. With so much going on around here for kids these days, The Four Seasons Downton would definitely be my number one choice, because they have truly inserted luxury into family travel. And for those of you who live in town, looking to change things up one weekend, a staycation could be an ideal option, without breaking the bank on flights and airport transept. Take it from my little ones, who had an incredible time!