Andaz 5th Avenue – a concept by Hyatt
What We Love
- Free WiFi, local calls and nonalcoholic minibar items
- Marble bathrooms with benches in the oversize showers
- Attentive, personalized service, including check-in over a drink in the lobby lounge
- Free wine hour from 6-8 pm daily
What To Know
- The property is steps away from Bryant Park
- 24-hour fitness center and room service
- Valet parking is $69 to $80 per day
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Tony Chi converted the 1916 Rogers Peet Building (former Tommy Hilfiger offices) into a serenely stylish hideaway in the heart of Midtown. Like all hip city dwellers, the Andaz is effortlessly cool, all clean lines, lacquer and chrome. In lieu of a traditional front desk, you sit in the lounge on a leather settee sipping a drink while the staff fills in your details on an iPad. On the walls you’ll find a mix of pieces, from murals by local high school students to a stunning 14-foot vermilion acrylic piece by Carlos Capelán.
Bed & Bath
The 184 rooms feel loftlike and minimalist, with 12-foot ceilings, clean lines and a monochromatic palette of midnight, diamond-white and beige. But they’re not at all cold, thanks to rich textures like nubby linen, velvet and leather, and perks like free WiFi and minibars. Towering windows overlook the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and an inner courtyard — all with double-paned glass, to ensure a good night’s sleep. Spa-like marble bathrooms pamper with Bigelow products and benches in the oversize showers.
A steady crowd of media and fashion types take meetings and sip cocktails in the glass-walled lounge and event spaces, or share tapas at the sexy subterranean bar. At the Shop restaurant, chefs go to town in the open kitchen, cooking up seasonal comfort fare with ingredients from local purveyors and regional farms. There’s a small retail section that’s great for finding unique souvenirs, like locally-made soaps and jams, or on-the-go breakfasts and picnic provisions. Thankfully, the gym stays open 24 hours, in case you want to work off all that indulgence.
In the Area
Directly across the street from the hotel are the stunning hallowed halls of the New York Public Library and, behind that, Bryant Park. In the summer you’ll find free movie nights, public ping-pong tables and picnic spots galore; in the winter, a skating rink and a popular holiday market. You’re also a five-minute walk from Grand Central Terminal, which features the Mad Men–style cocktail lounge the Campbell Apartment and the old New York glamour of the Grand Central Oyster Bar. Window-shop as you stroll up Fifth Avenue to Top of the Rock, the panoramic observation deck at Rockefeller Center, which has killer 360-degree views of Manhattan.
How to Get There
The location is great and quiet. The two bed room suite we stayed was gorgeous. One of the shades was broken, and could not get it closed. One of us arrived there around 10am and could not check-in early, which is understandable, but the conversation with one of the receptionist made us feel as if we were put on hold as a less important guest. The reason for such a low rating is the in-room breakfast we ordered. It did not arrive on time, so I called in-room dining. I was told it was a "busy day", and it would "arrive momentarily". But, it did not. I called in again, no one answered. So, I called the reception, and no one answered. 10 minutes later, in-room dining called and notified that it would take 20-30 more minutes. It did. There was an item missing from the order, but I did not bother to let them know (until now). I should mention that they did not charge for it. But, I think it is fair to give this hotel just one star.
I believe I provided my feedback already. The hotel appearance in real life vs. how it looks on the website is a big difference. (Not good) Our room was incredibly loud due to street noise and construction that literally kept us up all night so we left after one night vs. three as we were intending to stay.
I use this hotel when I want to stay in New York for a night. As I use Hyatt points, I’m not paying cash for the stay, so I can’t assess the value for the money. It’s a great location for me as it is close to Grand Central and very close to a number of subway lines. The hotel is quiet and low-key and the service is good. The rooms are big and the bathroom is extremely well appointed. The major downside is that there is no space to store your clothes. For a night or two it’s no problem but for longer than that I’m not sure what I would do! See the picture of the glass closet that I’ve attached. And there’s no drawer space!
If there were a rating more than 5, i.e., 6, I'd give it to Andaz 5th Avenue! For real! I spent around $1,400 for two nights's room, minibar and restaurant charge, but it's worth every dime of it. First of all, I stayed in Park Hyatt hotel, Seoul for three times (not three nights) and Park Hyatt, Tokyo for once, so I know what Park Hyatt is like. The room of Andaz 5th Ave. is like a small Park Hyatt. Plus, you can see NYC Public Library through the room window. In the room, you can make any and every atmosphere that you want, with the almost perfect partial lighting systems supporting your directing and producing a finest day in your life! You feel like you're dreaming!I'm sure you'd even dream of going AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave)if you stayed there. It's amazing; I tried to extend to stay there but the rooms were sold out. Therefore, I had no option but to go to a business Hyatt hotel after two nights' stay. FYI, the restaurant and also bar in the basement serves amazing breakfast such as spinach with sesame and fried eggs with their sunny-side up; in the minibar you can enjoy a good Malbec wine with just 15 dollars and a small bottle of a Black Label for 25 dollars. Thanks for all staffers there, letting me make the time of my life! Yeu, my homie! I'm coming back soon. Thanks, Andaz! Thanks for staying there as it is!
Great location at the 5th avenue. Everything is very close. The room at the 4th floor was facing 5th Ave and the room was very nice. Nothing to complain. Breafast room was a bit restless and very noisy.