Review: Andaz 5th Avenue

10

Hyatt has a broad footprint in New York City, which means I, as a World of Hyatt Globalist, have many choices when I’m in Manhattan. Last year, I spent my first night at the Park Hyatt New York, which is, without question, one of my favorite hotels in the world. I plan to use my Globalist free night certificate to stay there again some time this year.

Back in New York recently, I decided to try out another property, so found my way down to the Andaz 5th Avenue. I’m a big fan of the Andaz brand – it is, essentially, Hyatt’s take on SPG’s W, albeit a little toned down. Andaz properties are upscale but not gaudy, with interesting design schemes, helpful staff and an open wine bar every afternoon.

Andaz 5th Avenue has an impeccable location across the street from the New York Public Library, just below 42nd street. This proved to be especially interesting during my stay, but more on that later.

Checking in, the receptionist initially gave me a standard king room, but I pushed back about a suite upgrade and, lo and behold, I got one, to a Terrace Suite, which goes for upwards of $800 a night!

I was up on the 11th floor, which was nice for giving me a quiet stay but a but of a pain given the hotel’s incredibly slow elevators. This isn’t a make-or-break issue for the property, but just be aware of this before you stay.

Immediately inside my suite was a living room with a sofa, coffee table and desk, all facing a massive wall-mounted television. The steps below lead out to the terrace, which I checked out the next morning when it was light outside.

The living room also contained a kitchenette, with a ┬árefrigerator, bar, sink and even a dishwasher. At all Andaz properties all non-alcoholic bar items are free of charge. Ironically, there wasn’t any food to snack on this time around aside from a small bag of air-popped popcorn. With such a large bar area and the promise of free drinks and snacks, I think it would behoove the hotel to leave the kitchenette a little less sparsely stocked.

Past the living room was the bedroom, with a king sized (and very comfortable) bed. Both rooms were relatively small by suite standards, but this is New York, so i expected a tight space from the onset. The bedroom had ample closet space split between both sides of the room, which is nice when you’re not traveling solo.

From the bedroom you enter the bathroom, which had a beautiful, albeit very interesting, design. The massive shower was completely open – a glass wall only closed off half of the space – so expect the bathroom to get a bit wet when in use.

I had arrived at the Andaz early in the evening, so shortly after my arrive complimentary wines were being poured in the lounge next to the lobby. After settling into my room I headed downstairs to taste the pour. The lounge area has a few sitting chairs and a couch, as well as a few tables. The Cabernet was delicious.

After a wonderful night’s sleep, I popped outside to check out my suite’s terrace, which was massive. New York had recently received a ton of snow, so it was not exactly the best time of year to utilize the space, but I can only imagine how fantastic it would be to have this resource in Manhattan during nicer weather.

The terrace looks out on to 41st street, with great views of Times Square’s towers to the right.

As I stepped outside, I started to hear a ton of police sirens, followed by the roar of two helicopters hovering a few blocks away. I napped the picture below, in which you can just barely make out one such copter. I didn’t think much of it until a few minutes later, when, back inside, I turned on the news, and learned that someone had attempted to set off a bomb in the subway a few blocks away. Fortunately, no one was killed.

Before leaving for the day, I headed down to the shop, Andaz’s restaurant, for breakfast, included for free as a Globalist. the shop sits on the corner of 41st street and 5th avenue, and seemed to be frequented by many people not staying at the hotel, which is great for business, but bad for my schedule, as there was a 20 minute wait just to get a table. I don’t recall ever having to wait for a table before at a hotel restaurant for breakfast. Regardless, the food is good and the vibe nice.

Take Away

Andaz 5th Avenue is a fantastic property, and much more affordable than its fancier cousin up the street, the Park Hyatt. Free nights cost 25,000 World of Hyatt points, and Points + Cash rates are 12,500 points plus $150. If you need a place to stay in Midtown Manhattan, I definitely recommend checking this property out.