If you've dreamed of the New York loft life, this outpost of the Andaz brand is an enticing option. Located across the street from the iconic New York Public Library (with leafy Bryant Park at its rear), this property is known for offering some of the largest rooms in Manhattan, with furnished terraces the size of typical NYC apartments. The style is sleek and effortless from first encounter, when guests are checked in via handheld PC. The minimal, serene rooms are filled with light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows stretching 12 feet in height. These rooms are for pampering and romantic hideaways, enhanced by extras like porcelain footbaths, free nonalcoholic minibar and snacks, and free daily coffee service and wine hour. Ask your Andaz host to arrange a hot stone therapy right in your room and indulge in 24-hour room service afterwards.
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This outpost of the Andaz brand faces the iconic steps of the New York Public Library with its towering lion statues, on the corner of 5th Avenue and East 41st Street. This is the very corner where Midtown West and Midtown East meet, with attractions in both neighborhoods within an easy stroll. Leafy Bryant Park is tucked behind the NYPL, while Grand Central Terminal is just two blocks east on 42nd Street. Fifth Avenue shopping is on the doorstep of the hotel, and local dining leans toward old New York with classics like Keen’s Steakhouse and the Campbell Apartment cocktail bar. The subway is particularly convenient here, with both Grand Central and Bryant Park stops offering east side and west side access.
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Rooms: 184 rooms, 42 suites. From $375. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options:The shop, located on the corner of 5th Avenue and 41st Street, is an airy restaurant with spacious tables, street views, and an open kitchen. Executive Chef Michael Santoro (formerly of Mugaritz in Spain) brings a local ethos to the restaurant and celebrates the products of New York State farms in dishes like tagliatelle with heritage pork ragout. Customizable Chef’s Tables began in the winter of 2015. The hotel also has a cellar bar, the bar downstairs, serving pre-Prohibition style cocktails and Latin-inspired small plates. Spa and gym details: A 24-hour gym has Life Fitness equipment. In-room spa services include massages, nail services, and hot stone therapy.
Who’s it best for: Stylish couples seeking space and pampering. Well-heeled business travelers with a desire for a sleek retreat in Midtown. Our favorite rooms: The terrace suites have outdoor space the same size as many NYC apartments (220 to 325 square feet). Drink well: Mixology classes, each with a different theme, are on offer in the bar downstairs. Participants learn how to make two cocktails (a seasonal cocktail and a cocktail that fits in with the theme) and take home a mixology kit to re-create the cocktails at home.