As the Twin Cities buzz with excitement at the opening of our first Four Seasons hotel, we take a look behind closed doors at the yet-to-be-discovered top floors, where 34 private residences are now showcased to potential buyers.
What defines a five star experience? (Hint: it’s more than just a beautiful frame.)
If you’ve seen the RBC Gateway tower gleaming against the Minneapolis skyline, it’s easy to imagine that the unobstructed floor-to-ceiling views of the city and river are quite spectacular (they are). But the icing on that sparkling cake is that legendary Four Seasons service and amenities are also available to residents.
So while the spacious private balconies, heated bathroom floors and skyway access are unique and attractive details, we have our eyes on the Mara restaurant and bar, created by the hometown hero and James Beard Award-winning Chef Gavin Kaysen. If you’ve enjoyed evenings at any of Kaysen’s other establishments, you know that knowledgeable, intelligent and personalized service is its signature. Expect the same at Mara, which offers new Mediterranean cuisine. For a more laid-back experience, there’s the Socca Cafe, where residents can grab a coffee on their way back from the hotel’s gym or sauna.
Or the spa. Or indoor pool. Or outdoor swimming pool. Because residents also have access to all these amenities. We are perhaps a little (a lot) envious.
Once inside the residences, the Four Seasons’ reputation for attention to detail is on full display. There are 14 floor plans with two design options – urban or northern – both inspired by traditional Minnesota resources and landscapes. Wood, stone, and metal appear in fixtures, floors, countertops, and cabinetry. Residences have a separate private lobby and elevator, as well as dedicated heated parking and optional valet parking.
4 Seasons, 5 Stars, 34 Private Residences
We like to brag about our seasons, don’t we? Residents will enjoy all four of them from their private terraces since all are equipped with ready-to-use Wolf gas grills and ceiling heaters. We imagine sipping wine while grilling steaks on a snowy December evening and loving the idea. Are you even a Minnesotan if you don’t grill in the winter?
Or grab your wine and a good book downstairs in the hotel lounge and sit in front of the fireplace. While you’re downstairs, chat with the Residential Concierge to plan your annual ski getaway, as residents appreciate this perk too.
As winter turns to spring and then summer, we imagine bike rides along the Mississippi with stops at Mill City Farmer’s Market or Guthrie for a morning. In the summer we anticipate the outdoor swimming pool to be the place to be seen and seen, with a landscaped terrace, lounges, umbrellas and an open-air bar and restaurant. The pool terrace is reserved for residents and hotel guests, with plenty of privacy and full service, of course: the ideal hot spot for relaxing after work or on sunny weekends.
From what we’ve seen, “five star” is defined by attention to detail, service, and comfort as much as it is by stunning architecture and decor. Four Seasons has captured the very Minnesota spirit of embracing all that this beautiful city has to offer, snow and shine, raw and refined, and put a luxurious polish on it all. The Four Seasons Hotel opens in mid-2022 and residents will move in this fall. If you’re considering a posh downtown move, private residences are currently for sale.