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The Andaz 5th Avenue
If you've dreamed of the New York loft life, the Andaz 5th Avenue hotel—an outpost of the Hyatt 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, and 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 travertine marble bathrooms, and free nonalcoholic minibar and snacks.
By Jessica Colley Clarke, AFAR Contributor
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Andaz 5th Avenue: Are They Mindreaders?
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.
By Steven Petrow, AFAR Contributor
My Stay In The Splash Room At The Andaz 5th Avenue
The Andaz 5th Avenue is a hip luxury hotel in midtown Manhattan. It’s a part of the Hyatt family, so it’s top notch. However, it’s a little more laid back. I was invited to spend the night at the hotel and experience it first-hand. The front desk of the hotel is not typical. Unlike standard hotels that have a big front desk that can be a bit intimidating, the Andaz has two people to meet and greet while on stylish laptops. The front desk agent got all excited when he told me that I would be in the “Splash Room”. I had no idea what that meant, but I quickly became curious. Turns out the “Splash Room” is really a nice big suite. That was more than okay with me. There was a spacious living room area with a big desk. As I made my way through the room, I laid my eyes on a huge tub in a room all to itself. I was so winning! Now it was clear why it was the affectionately known as “the splash room”. It’s the kind of tub that one can relax and luxuriate in. I also got a kick out of the adjoining heated toilet and how it automatically flushes after business is done. The Andaz serves complimentary wine in the lobby for a few hours in the early evening. It’s a nice way for guests to unwind after taking in sights or exploring the city all day. For me it was my pre-game for a cocktail experience at The Bar Downstairs. I’m a big fan of basement bars, because it tends to give off a speakeasy vibe. The Bar Downstairs is known for it's classic cocktails and tapas. There are communal tables and lounge seats to chill in. Michael Lam, head bartender leads the crew of good looking bartenders in conjuring drinks with skill and elegance. They are very proud of the drinks they create and after a sip or two I could taste why. I had a night filled with Sazeracs made with Hennessy Cognac. If cocktails aren’t your jam, then check out the wine list curated by Sonya Borys. If you can get yourself perched up at the bar area make sure you do. Not only will you get to see all the action in the kitchen, you will get to watch the art of the cocktail in action. I felt like a VIP sitting there, there are only four seats. The next morning I got to grab brunch Andaz’s restaurant, The Shop. It’s offers a seasonal farm to table menu. Everything was fabulous and the customer services was top notch. If you want to stay at a laid back luxury hotel, the Andaz 5th Avenue should be at the top of your list. If you happen to live in New York City, The Bar Downstairs and The Shop, are wonderful locations to check out, because they are a very delicious time.
485 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017, USA