First time staying at an Andaz, and will definitely stay again when back in NYC, or they're someplace I am working or playing.
Not a flashy place, but that's what I liked about it. Terrific location, right across the street from the NYC Library, but an almost undetectable entrance on 41st Street instead of 5th Avenue. The feeling is more like a club than a hotel, and the staff was relaxed and always ready to help.
The rooms are designed to not look like hotel rooms - maybe even a little too much so, but perhaps I'm not the exact demographic they're aiming for. I like the clean design and spareness of the room which allowed you to focus entirely on the view of the Library and skyline. Only negative to the room was that the "fit and finish" was a bit off - like the door to the compartment containing the safe was sagging and didn't close cleanly, or the large window shade was frayed and curled at the edges where many previous guests have pulled it back to see outside, or a lot of scratches and scrapes on the the window seat.
The bathroom was quite large, good lighting, great bath products. The shower controls were not as intuitive as they might be, and it took a lot of tinkering with the knobs to figure out how it all worked.
But overall, it's the atmosphere - a nice quiet, well designed spot, away from the crush of NYC that makes this so much better than a "hotel." Couldn't ask for a better location in order to have the City at your disposal, and I can't wait to come back.
- 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