Momma’s Gone City visits Four Seasons Hotel New York City

Momma’s Gone City visits Four Seasons Hotel New York City

By on January 5th, 2011

New York is the city of dreams.

I’ve quickly learned this over the last year that we have lived in Manhattan, and there are a handful of experiences that have really made me feel like I’m living in a fantasy.

Staying at Four Seasons with my family was nothing short of magical, and will be a memory that we will always cherish.

When we arrived at Four Seasons after a quick walk, the doormen greeted us with smiles and immediately took our bags. Stepping into Four Seasons lobby was truly breathtaking.

The kids were mesmerized by the lights bouncing off of the glass and stone, three story high walls.

It felt and looked like a palace. They were able to not only touch the Holiday tree in the lobby, but were urged to pick a Beanie Baby ornament off of its branches for their very own. This was a key detail in getting the kids comfortable, as most trees are not to be touched.

We were shown to our suite on the 37th floor overlooking Central Park, and our breath was taken away.

They had gorgeous treats laid out on the tables, personalized bath sponges for the kids, and toys placed just at their eye level.

Jack immediately proclaimed that his favorite part of staying in our “new home” was the Beanie Babies- a fitting detail included at Four Seasons New York, which is owned by Ty Warner, Mr. Beanie Baby himself.

Our time in the room didn’t last long before we were off on various adventures. We started the day at the Rock Center Café with breakfast with Santa, overlooking the ice rink at Rockefeller Center.

Next it was off to Alice’s Tea Cup for lunch- an experience nothing short of magical. I’ve been ruined forever on their scones and magic touches such as pixie dust, butterfly wings, crowns and their delectable French Toast Bites. The afternoon tea is incomparable and beyond delightful.

Everyone enjoyed a nap in the afternoon before heading out for a private tour of Winterfest at the Central Park Zoo. Our guide introduced us to all of the animals and took us through the children’s area where the kids fed cows, goats and llamas. It was Gus, the polar bear’s birthday, so we sang him a little song before grabbing toasted marshmallows and apple cider on the way out.

We were scheduled to have room service for the kids and an incredible private performance by Story Time By Design in our room before bedtime. They all sang songs, danced, played with maracas and bubbles before ending with a reading of one of our favorite books, Goodnight Moon.

This was my husband and children’s favorite part of the day.

I was very impressed with room service for the children. The menu featured all of their favorites. The chicken bites, fries and macaroni and cheese came in colorful, fun dishes- enticing and yummy for not only the kids!

Bath time was even entertaining, which is not usually the case at home! They loved their letter sponges and were completely tickled that they could watch Dora on the TV at the same time. We bundled them in their own tiny Four Seasons bathrobes, and got them ready for bed. The hotel provided rollaway complete with side rails for Jack and an adorable crib for Zoe.

It’s not easy getting toddlers to sleep outside of their own home, but that wasn’t the case here. They were comfortable and happy in their new beds (we all had to be torn from the amazing beds the next morning).

Before long, it was time for the babysitter (a service provided by the hotel) to arrive. Mercedes was lovely with them, and we were comfortable leaving for dinner at Ty downstairs. We don’t usually get to take date nights, so this was a fantastic treat! The food was amazing, service was impeccable, and the setting was quiet and romantic. It was truly wonderful.

Overall, I cannot say enough about the staff and experience at Four Seasons in New York City. Every single person greeted us with smiles and treated us with kindness- one of the most memorable parts of the hotel.

I loved the personal touches and effort put into making sure all of us felt like royalty. We truly felt like we were living in a fairytale the entire time we were there. It was an experience I most certainly will never forget.

The opinions presented in this post are unedited, entirely the bloggers own, and are not influenced in any way by compensation, monetary or otherwise. The experiences in this post were provided to the blogger free of charge by Four Seasons for the sole purpose of review.

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Jessica Shyba

Along with her baby, two young children and husband, Jessica @mommasgonecity recently moved from the Bay Area, California to Manhattan, New York. She started her blog, Momma’s Gone City, to keep in touch with her family and to chronicle her transition into city life. She talks about parenthood, life as a wife of a dental school student and the trials and excitement that come along with living in New York City.

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16 Response(s) to "Momma’s Gone City visits Four Seasons Hotel New York City"
Liz says:
March 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Magical indeed!!!!!!! What a beautiful day! If you are traveling to NYC with your family, or if you live there a great way to spend the day is with Family In New York! They specialize in custom private tours. They also offer New York layover tours, accessible tours, and day trips. If you are visiting the city they can customize a tour for you that is sure to be the highlight of your trip and if you live here they can create a tour for you will show you the city in a fresh new way!


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NYCPatty says:
January 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Being born and raised New Yorker I’m aware of the Four Seasons impeccable reputation. I would never expect any less from them! I’m so glad you were able to have this wonderful experience at this NYC gem!


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Four Seasons Family says:
January 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Thank you everyone for your compliments!


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Chrissy MacCEO says:
January 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Jessica – Excellent post (& so jealous of this great opportunity you recieved to share the word of such a family friendly hotel in our area!) As a fellow mom blogger, I always rely on reading reviews from fellow moms before choosing a play to stay with our kids. Recently, we took our kids into NYC to see the tree and they are begging us to go back already. Maybe we’ll have to make a long weekend out of a visit and stay at the Four Seasons! Thanks!!


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cristina says:
January 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm

its nice reading this blog were learning something even if im here in phil…


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Four Seasons Family says:
January 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm

We’re fans of city breaks too! Why not check out our magazine for inspiration? http://fshr.com/x0F12 Enjoy!


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CNA Training says:
January 19, 2011 at 5:21 am

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it


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Sandra Guirguis says:
January 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm

What a great post Jessica, thanks for sharing your experience. Love the pics of the family, looks like it was a well deserved, relaxing, wonderful time! You have made me consider the Four Seasons as an “in the city” family escape =)


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Four Seasons Family says:
January 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Claire, we’re delighted to have children stay with us; it’s fun for us to create those details!


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Four Seasons Family says:
January 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm

We are fans of her photos and words too :)


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Four Seasons Family says:
January 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Loukia, we hope to welcome you to Four Seasons New York soon!


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Clare says:
January 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

How lovely to find a hotel that realises it’s the details that grab childrens attention. Sounded like a wonderful stay.


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Harriett says:
January 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Wow!! Sounds spectacular! I want to go to Four Seasons NYC!!! (A very nice write up too…can really feel the experience through your words and photos!)


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Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] says:
January 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm

OK, now I’m officially j-e-a-l-o-u-s. Also, I want you to write for me. (Email me.)


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Loukia says:
January 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm

What an amazing experience, Jessica! Thanks for this great post – I know where I’m staying the next time I am in NYC with my family! Great pictures!


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Sue Robinson says:
December 22, 2010 at 6:34 pm

So fun! Love you baby!


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