The New York Optimist
August 2008
The Four Season's New York
When the hotel was announced in January 1989, it was to have a main tower of 46 stories and a smaller tower of some 20 stories, with a total of
400 rooms. Completion was planned for late 1991. Construction was financed by a loan from a consortium of six Japanese banks, led by the
Long-Term Credit Bank. The others were the Ashikaga Bank, Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation, Mitsui Trust and Banking Company,
Nippon Credit Bank and Sumitomo Trust and Banking Company. The hotel was named Regent New York Hotel and managed by Regent
International Hotels of Hong Kong, in which EIE International had a 30 percent interest.

When the Japanese real estate market imploded in 1990, the hotel was sold to the Four Seasons group to recover from bad loans.

It is the tallest hotel in New York City at 682 feet (208 m) tall, with 52 stories.[1] In the summer of 2006, the Four Seasons New York opened the
Mobil Three Star L'Atelier de Joel Roubuchon which also hosts a Michelin 1 Star as a replacement for the former restaurant Fifty Seven Fifty
Rates and Reservations
57 East 57th Street
New York, New York, U.S.A. 10022

Telephone: 1 (212) 758-5700
Guest fax: 1 (212) 758-5711

Toll-free in Canada and New York: 1 (800) 487-3769
Reservation Fax: 1 (212) 350-6302

LaGuardia Airport (LGA): 30 minutes
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): 45 minutes
JFK International Airport (JFK): 45 minutes
Guest Rooms and Suites
Shown: Deluxe Room With Terrace
The first full-service spa was introduced in 1986 at Four Seasons Resort
and Club Dallas at Las Colinas and since 2001, all Four Seasons hotels
have had spa facilities.  Four Seasons is a private corporation
headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. The company currently manages all
78 Four Seasons hotels in 32 countries.

In 2007, the company agreed to a buyout by Microsoft Chairman Bill
Gates and Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia for $3.7 billion.  
The Four Seasons name was introduced to the Middle East by Al-Waleed
bin Talal, who owns some of the properties in the region as well as a
substantial stake in the Canadian parent company, including Egypt,
Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Four Seasons Hotels operates private residences at only seven Four
Seasons that involves the sale of villa and penthouses as private
properties. Prices start at $750,000.

In late 2006, it was announced that the Robin Paterson (former CEO of
Hamptons International) and Mike Pemberton (Caribbean hotel
developer) were planning to build a new high-end Four Seasons Resort
on the Mount Hartman Estate on the island of Grenada.

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The hotel first achieved fame for its luxurious interiors. I. M. Pei is the architect
of the hotel. In 2004, in collaboration with Peter Marino, Pei came out of
retirement to re-design the 51st Penthouse Suite floor. This is especially
significant since Peter Marino is known to refuse collaboration in any hotel or
resort development projects

In the 1980s, Bill Zenckendorf, a prominent American real estate developer,
assembled 25,000 square feet (2,300 m²) of vacant property on 57th Street
between Madison and Park Avenue. Robert H. Burns, founder of Regent
International Hotels, approached Harunori Takahashi, owner of EIE International
Corporation company to build a luxurious hotel on the property.
The hotel maintained a spot on the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List
for ten consecutive years.  Also the hotel has a reputation for
appearing on both the AAA five diamond award list and the Mobil
Travel Guide Five Star list every year since its opening in 1994.  

Isadore Sharp founded Four Seasons Hotels, Inc. in 1960 with the
Four Seasons Hotel opening in 1961 in Toronto, Ontario as a
small hotel in the downtown area. In 1970, the first European
hotel, Four Seasons Hotel London, was opened. This developed
the luxurious five-star Four Seasons as it is today that has
medium size properties and a distinctive service. Throughout the
1970s and 1980s, Four Seasons grew and opened more luxury
hotels throughout North America. During this time, Four Seasons
Hotels developed the hotel to a first class property by including
luxury items within guest rooms. After this, Sharp opened its first
Hawaiian resort in the early 1990s, Four Seasons Resort Maui at
Wailea which is an AAA Five Diamond and Mobile five star
Property today.