The end of vacation is always so hard. You want to savor the last few pampered, stress-free moments but you feel the pressures of the daily grind creeping back. What if going home didn’t mean the end of the hotel stay? What if the building you lived in had all the amenities of a hotel and so the transition between vacation and home life was hard to discern? Well, that is a viable option in many high-end residential buildings in New York City. Luxury developers are building spas, pools, treatment rooms and designing other services into their buildings to make your home a five star luxury resort. Don’t put away your “Life is Good” t-shirt after vacation, move to one of these buildings and keep living the dream.
30 Park Place is New York’s only Four Seasons’ private residences. The entire luxury tower, the tallest condominium tower to grace the downtown skyline at 926 feet with panoramic views, is managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Located in Tribeca at the corner of Church Street and Park Place, 30 Park Place is designed by celebrated architect, Robert A.M. Stern, developed by Silverstein Properties, and offers 157 residences in a mix of one- to six-bedrooms. The Four Seasons Hotel sits below the private residences. The hotel is home to CUT by Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef and restaurateur’s first and only New York restaurant.
At 30 Park Place, residents have actual hotel services available 24/7. Featuring nearly 40,000 square feet of amenities, as well as a full suite of hotel services, residents will also enjoy exclusive access to the Four Seasons Director of Residences and dedicated residential concierge, as well as a 24-hour doorman, bellman and service staff focused on providing the bespoke services in keeping with the brand. Best of all, the building offers tailored à la carte services to residents including in-residence dining and catering, housekeeping, grocery and flower provisions, car service and personal, child and pet care, and more.
Another building designed by the architects of luxury, Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), 20 East End is situated in the posh, old-world East End enclave of the Upper East Side. The RAMSA-designed building, both inside and out, has 41 two- to six-bedroom homes, including three triplex townhomes and two full-floor penthouses, along with a multitude of hotel-inspired amenities, such as a private massage treatment room.
Located adjacent to the gorgeous fitness center, the private massage room is completed with a dedicated shower, changing room and Scandinavian-inspired sauna room. With the ease of a building app, residents can book a massage anytime they want. Additionally, 20 East End residents are given a welcome basket when they move in that includes a free massage, a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon, a cashmere blanket from Duxiana Beds, among other goodies. With just an app and an elevator, residents are on their way to total relaxation.
At Madison Square Park Tower, the tallest building between Midtown and Lower Manhattan, the 54th floor has been transformed into a luxurious lounge where all residents can entertain and enjoy sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. In a building where full-floor residences sell for upwards of $20 million, this shared amenity allows all residents to experience the perks of penthouse living without the price tag. With interiors by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, known for its work on high-profile hotels and private clubs, including the SoHo Beach House in Miami Beach, the lounge known as FIFTY FOUR includes beautifully appointed seating and dining areas, a demonstration kitchen with the capacity for full cooking, a separate catering kitchen and a cocktail bar. Residents can also reserve the space for private events via the building’s Tower Attaché concierge service, which can also arrange things ranging from dining reservations and theater tickets to fresh flowers for nightly turndown service and scheduling David Kirsch for private training sessions – and much more.
Jardim, the Portuguese word for garden, is a fitting name for the first New York building by Isay Weinfeld, the world-renowned Brazilian architect and interior designer. With a canopy of native evergreens and flowering trees, an ultra-private urban park envelops the two 11-story towers that comprise this West Chelsea development. Weinfeld has designed spas and pools for some of the most elegant contemporary resorts in the world, including the Fasano Las Piedras in Punta del Este, Uruguay. He brings that same attention to sensory experience to the amenities at Jardim, where a serene pool surrounded by cool terrazzo floors and warm reclaimed old-growth pine walls opens up to the courtyard gardens with staggered skylights, suffusing the space with sunlight. Additional amenities include a fitness center, massage rooms and a block-long tunnel that acts as a private driveway.
Superstar hospitality designer, Alexandra Champalimaud (Beverly Hills Hotel, Raffles Singapore, The Palace Hotel, Four Seasons Jakarta) is at the helm for the interiors of The Kent, a 30-story art deco development located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. In addition to a wide variety of cool amenities, including a pool and sauna, teen room, and sound lounge, The Kent offers a Garden Salon, akin to a hotel’s executive club level lounge, and the Drawing Room, where residents can entertain guests. These spaces were crafted for residents to imbibe, relax and play all while overlooking a beautifully landscaped zen-like courtyard garden by West 8 landscape architects.
The Kent also offers stroller valet service. Residents can have their stored stroller wheeled out prior to their departure and subsequently can leave their strollers with concierge upon their return for both convenience as well as not take up any residential storage space.
Extell’s One Manhattan Square’s amenity spaces were designed by Meyer Davis, the globally recognized design boutique best known for their hospitality projects including the Four Seasons Papagayo, 1 Hotel South Beach, and W Hotel Lakeshore. Known for creating unique and inspirational spaces using bold design and striking details, Bill and Grey Meyer created a vertical village at One Manhattan Square, with an unmatched package of amenities spaces that spans 100,000 square feet.
Resort-like recreation can be found in the two-lane bowling alley, squash court, and state of the art fitness center featuring a weight room, cardio room, as well as yoga and pilates studios.
For relaxation, residents can unwind in a spa that rivals that of the world’s top 5-star hotels. Features include a sunken tranquility garden, Hamam with cold plunge pool, private treatment rooms and a hot tub and sauna.
Further entertainment can be found at the building’s cellar bar, lounge, wine room, cigar room, billiard room and theater and Performance Space. For foodie residents, a full-service culinary lounge and demonstration kitchen provide the space for both intimate events and larger celebrations.
Leading Brooklyn-based property developer Two Trees Management have embraced the hospitality philosophy wholeheartedly. In many of their residential properties, they offer the following services: Handwritten personalized cards at time of move-in along with welcome amenity bags (even personalized with the greeting in the native language of the resident if moving from overseas), pet treats, Welcome to Brooklyn Coloring books for children, stocking of apartment with basic items at time of move-in to create a more enhanced sense of welcome (drinks stocked in fridge, basic cleaning products, toilet paper etc..), birthday gifts and hand-written cards for residents, often personalized based on the residents’ interest (drinks at local hotel, a gift certificate at favorite restaurant, a gift card at their favorite coffee shop, a bottle of wine etc.), welcome baskets with Mrs. Meyers product, a monthly wine club membership (Brooklyn Heights only) and even laundry bags.
These luxury buildings harness the ultimate staycation, a vacation for everyday life.