BY STEVEN PETROW
I know this is an odd way to start off, but bear with me: As I brushed my teeth on my first morning at the Andaz, I realized I’d squeezed the last drop of toothpaste out of the tube. I made a mental note to pick some up during the day, which I forgot to do. But when I returned to my room later that day, guess what — the housekeeper had noticed the empty tube and left me a new one. Wow, I thought. Anticipating my needs had never happened at a hotel before.
The other elements of my stay proved equally impressive. First there’s location: The Andaz, formerly world headquarters for Tommy Hilfiger, sits across Fifth Avenue from the iconic New York Public Library, and it’s a skip and a hop to Grand Central, the theater district, and the rest of midtown. Then there are the luxe accommodations: 184 rooms and 47 suites of prime New York real estate. I was fortunate enough to be upgraded to the “Splash Suite,” which takes its name from the sculptural tub in the beautifully appointed lav. I could have spent my entire stay in the bathroom, but this corner suite happened to look out directly on the Empire State Building, prompting me to lie on the comfy bed and soak in the view instead.
High ceilings, wide corridors, and murals decorating the elevator banks are just part of the detail and the experience.
Two more pluses: Soft drinks and snacks are complimentary (of course, the booze will cost you). Then, there’s the luggage rack, which is a piece of work. Check it out.