I have just returned from a week-long trip to New York. My family and I stayed in the Andaz, and it was one of the best hotel experiences I have ever enjoyed.
The design of the hotel is very striking, a lot of dark colours, indirect lighting and unusual woods giving it a modern, tasteful but also understated feel. Rather than the usual palatial lobby, the entrance and the common areas are a series of medium-sized spaces. The hotel has been designed with a particular philosophy in mind: the staff could barely have been more helpful (even when pushed to ask, on the eve of the New York Marathon, if we could have a slightly later checkout time) and friendly. The free drink time was very welcome, as was the opportunity to take all the soft drinks and snacks from the minibar. Wifi is, of course, free and there were quite a few computers littered around for free use. The bookshelf with a fair amount of reading material was a nice touch.
Location-wise, the Andaz 5th Avenue is, well, slap bang in the centre of the universe: 5 minutes walk from Grand Central, 10 from Times Square, and at the beginning of the serious part of 5th Avenue up to Central Park. But it is easy not to notice the hotel as it is tucked away, discretely, on a corner opposite Bryant Park with minimal signage. You can't fault where the hotel is.
Coming with 2 children, we took the smallest suite. I don't regret in the slightest paying more for a breath-taking room that housed us all comfortably. The room had all sorts of amenities, from a microwave, iron, cofee machine, even a dishwasher! For New York, this was seriously spacious but nevertheless packing in a lot. The two beds (one a foldout) were huge.
After a hard day's walking around New York, it was lovely to relax at the hotel. If I was to return to NYC I would definitely go back to this hotel. Now if only it had a swimming pool....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on 5th avenue at 41st street, Andaz 5th Avenue is in the fashionable Bryant Park area of midtown Manhattan directly across the street from the New York Public Library. Guests will enjoy easy access to iconic New York attractions, like Times Square, Grand Central Station, Empire State Building, Herald Square and the Theater District. For a little retail therapy, we are within walking distance to endless shopping along 5th Avenue and are near subways to take you to other neighborhoods and the outer boroughs. The Andaz experience begins the moment you arrive and are greeted by one of our Hosts, who will check you in via handheld PC. Art work can be found throughout the hotel, whether it's 14-foot murals by Carlos Capelan, which glow like fire through the windows on 41st Street, or our ever-changing tbd Art series on the doors to the bar downstairs. But we don't just want you to look at beautiful things - we want to let you live the beautiful life as well. As part of that promise, we offer amenities like free Wi-Fi, a mini-bar stocked with complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and snacks, and 6,400 sq. Ft. Of event space. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel New York City