- Room decor and color scheme are somewhat bland
- No coffeemaker in standard rooms (suites only)
- No internal closets means little storage space; no place for suitcases
- No bathtubs, except for one suite
A sleek, contemporary hotel that's high on design and unique details.
Andaz is a mini Hyatt chain that caters to a hip, sophisticated crowd, and this outpost in Midtown Manhattan -- with a supremely convenient location -- is no exception. Foregoing the bright colors and neon lights used by many modern hotels, Andaz Fifth Avenue welcomes guests with muted colors and understated class: high ceilings, slate flooring, an esoteric sculpture at the entrance.
Like the other Andaz hotels, it's the special touches that make this hotel unique. A host will greet you to check you in on a hand-held tablet computer, skipping the traditional check-in desk. There's a subtle library theme, which includes coffee table books being displayed throughout the hotel and a free lending library in the lobby (staff from the New York Public Library across the street stop by once a month to change the books). Guests can use the touch-screen computer in the lobby to check themselves in or out of the hotel, or to print boarding passes. And perhaps best of all, freebies abound, like water bottles in the lobby, Wi-Fi across the hotel, minibar snacks and non-alcoholic drinks (many of which are from local vendors), a small check-out gift of choice (a Fat Witch Bakery brownie, or a mini C.O. Bigelow hand cream, for example), wine in the lobby from 6 to 9 each evening, and made-to-order barista coffee in the lobby lounge.
Which isn't to say that the big things don't shine as well, because they do. Nice-sized rooms have soaring ceilings, huge windows, and unique bathrooms (with to-die-for walk-in showers). The lobby has multiple spaces in which to lounge with a cup of coffee or a newspaper, both of which are provided for free. The restaurant, The Shop, serves light fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and stocks its kitchen with food from local vendors, like Katz's Delicatessen and Sullivan Street Bakery (plenty of local goodies are also available for purchase, like bars of Mast Brothers Chocolate, North Fork Potato Chips, Rick’s Picks pickles, and novels that take place in New York).
Smack in the center of Manhattan, close to, well, everything.
Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the central location of this hotel is tough to beat. It's smack in the middle of Manhattan, directly across the street from the Beaux-Arts New York Public Library and Bryant Park, and close to both Times Square and the office buildings of Midtown East. The hotel is within 10 minutes walking of 14 subway lines.
Comfortable and spacious, if a bit bland
All rooms are at least 320 square feet and have 12-foot ceilings. They also all have floor-to-ceiling windows. It's pretty hard to say anything bad, though I did find the furnishings to be sparse and the color scheme to be a bit muted and unexciting. Funky bathrooms, however, make up for any shortcomings in the rooms. Every bathroom has a huge walk-in shower with rain showerhead, lots of slate, and unique tri-fold panel doors.
All rooms include:
There are business services and a fitness center, but the event space takes the cake.
The second floor of the hotel is one huge event space overlooking the beautiful New York Public Library. The space is separated into different rooms -- a bar, a cozy den, an open kitchen, conference rooms, an outside garden -- that can be rented out separately for meetings or as one large space for bigger events. Conference rooms are a big notch above your standard hotel conference spaces, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the library, large flat-screen TVs, leather chairs, and a handsome-looking bookcase (colorful coffee table books, classy trinkets).
A charming cafe and a bespoke basement bar
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