(TMU) — The Four Seasons Hotel in New York City announced Wednesday they are opening their rooms for medical workers free of charge. The luxury hotel is located in Manhattan Billionaire’s Row and has responded to the governor’s call to action.
On March 24 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke to the media at the Javits Convention Center calling for action on the part of business leaders.
“A crisis shows you a person’s soul,” Cuomo announced. “The weaknesses explode and the strengths are emboldened.”
The governor has called for an aggressive national strategy for testing, school closures, and hospital surge capacity to slow and mitigate the impacts of CoViD-19. He has also recently decided all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions until further notice.
Ty Warner, the chairman and owner of Ty Hotels and Resorts, stood for the challenge.
H. Ty Warner earned his wealth through the success of the hit children’s toy line Ty Beanie Babies and in 1999 he bought New York’s Four Seasons Hotel for $275 million. Years later he pleaded guilty to money laundering millions into Swiss Banks and lying to the IRS.
The Four Seasons Hotel has been awarded 56 Five-Stars by Forbes Travel Guide, the highest honor from the guide. And for the fifth year in a row, the hotel has received the most Five-Star ratings awarded to a hotel brand in a single year. With many locations around the world, the company encompasses 44 hotels, ten spas, and two restaurants.
“Many of those working in New York City have to travel long distances to and from their homes after putting in 18- hour days,” Warner said. “They need a place they can rest and regenerate.”
Several medical facilities are located within a 30 block radius of the luxury hotel. These include Bellevue, Weill Cornell Medical Center, NYU Langone, and Mt. Sinai. There is still no word on which facilities will be using the free rooms.
New York holds approximately a third of the nation’s confirmed coronavirus cases. The anxiety has heightened in the crowded city and more people are looking for leaders to whom they can depend on in this time of uncertainty. Longer work days in addition to facilities overloaded with CoViD-19 patients has increased pressure on the healthcare industry.
Each and every hand willing to help can greatly relieve the overwhelming situation which now faces the nation. New York City has quickly discovered that it is time to act united.