Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown unveils the newly reimagined – and renamed - Empire Suite, the ultimate New York City lifestyle experience. As the Hotel recently observed its fourth anniversary this year, the former Royal Suite has been given a refresh by lauded interior designer Tara Bernerd and her team at Tara Bernerd & Partners, and renamed the Empire Suite to reflect downtown’s chic lifestyle.

Boasting 2,400 square feet (223 square metres) with sweeping 180-degree panoramic views from the 24th floor of the Hotel, the Empire Suite is the perfect backdrop to the city that never sleeps. Featuring a living room, dining room, media room, study, walk-in closet, two bathrooms, master bedroom and a full catering kitchen, the Empire Suite offers the ultimate sanctuary for musicians, fashion designers, celebrities and royal families. For additional privacy, the suite can be extended to a three-bedroom residential style apartment to accommodate up to six guests per night, making it the largest and most in-demand suite in the Hotel due to its flexibility and versatility.

“When approaching the redesign, it was key to consider the lifestyle of the well-travelled, design-conscious guest, staying in such a notable location. Aiming to reinvigorate the space to cater to a more discerning downtown crowd, we brought a fresh palette to the space, layering soft linens, warm timbers and striking marbles in the reception areas, with inviting rugs and a statement dining table, the whole design gives nod to the vibrant locale and creates a warm and seductive atmosphere. This bold design language is continued through the rest of the suite, with hand painted silk wall panels in the master bedroom, bronze mirrored inserts in the warm wooden panelling line the hall, while the media room’s felt wall details are reminiscent of a sharply tailored suit,” says Tara Bernerd.

With this as the guiding principle for designing the Empire Suite, Tara and her team focused on optimising the layouts and furniture placement within the suite to take advantage of the unparalleled views across the city, while simultaneously providing larger spaces for entertaining and more intimate, homely cocoons. Providing essential versatility, the home office/study was completely redesigned to make the most of the natural light and give guests the option of using the space as a second bedroom. The master bedroom was designed to provide the ultimate sleep sanctuary with soft silks and hand painted de Gournay wall panels to add a touch of drama.

The newly re-imagined Empire Suite Experience debuts to the public on January 1, 2021 and will include a host of VIP inclusions and experiences to make the most of a night in New York City including:

Roundtrip helicopter transfers from all three major airports (JFK, La Guardia and Newark) for two

Limousine transfers from Wall Street Heliport (or airport if preferred) for two

Daily breakfast for two (available through In Room Dining or in CUT)

Personal Spa retreat for two including a couple’s massage, soak service and choice of Resident Healer experience (all available in-room or in-Spa)

Choice of personalised silk pajamas by Olivia Von Halle Pajamas and/or personalised Duke + Dexter slippers for two

The Empire Suite Experience is available for bookings from January 1, 2021 from USD 25,000 per night.