At Four Seasons Hotel, we believe in recognizing a familiar face, welcoming a new one and treating everyone they meet the way they would want to be treated ourselves. Whether you work with them, stay with them, live with them or discover with them, they believe their purpose is to create impressions that will stay with you for a lifetime. It comes from their belief that life is richer when Four Seasons Hotel truly connect to the people and the world around them.
The story of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, which opened its first hotel in 1961, is a tale of continual innovation, remarkable expansion and a single-minded dedication to the highest of standards. The Canadian-based company has, for 60 years, transformed the hospitality industry by combining personalised, genuine care with an unwavering commitment to excellence. In the process, they has redefined luxury for the modern traveller.
Isadore (Issy) Sharp had no plans to enter the hotel business on a grand scale when the young architect and builder – working with his contractor father, Max Sharp – constructed his first hotel. Over the course of this decade, he opened three Four Seasons hotels. Sharp’s experience would pave the way for the creation of a new kind of hotel, one focused solely on the guest.
The 1970s began with a defining moment – the opening of a hotel in London, England. This Four Seasons Hotel set the tone for the future direction of the company and pioneered many of the signature Four Seasons services now delivered worldwide. Within a few years, the company’s portfolio also included 10 hotels across Canada, and its first US management contracts, in San Francisco and Chicago. By the close of the decade, Four Seasons Hotel had entered the US market under its own brand name in Washington, DC.
The 1980s unveiled flagship hotels in a dozen US cities, including Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles and Chicago. Four Seasons Hotel as a distinct brand name was coming into its own. Divesting less-strategic properties, the company began to transform itself from a hotel owner-operator into a management company. It also started to manage hotels in mixed-use developments – a new concept at the time – allowing it to extend its expertise into high-quality residential environments.
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