Just opposite the New York Public Library and it very flashy facade and entrance, you find the Andaz 5th Avenue hotel. The facade and entrance of the hotel seems very discrete compared to the vast building on the other side of the avenue.
Andaz is the luxury part of the Hyatt chain, and with the hotels you are sure that the scenery is set for at creative spot, with some unique ideas behind the design. Every hotel tries to capture something from the sights, sounds and tastes of the surrounding area. Andaz is a Hindi word meaning “personal style” and this somehow fits these hotels quite good.
When entering the hotel, you walk in to the lobby, and checks in a the desk in the center of the room. Due to the fact, that there is no desk between you and the front desk personal, somehow gives you a more relaxing and personal feeling when checking in.
We had our check in fixed in a matter of minutes, and was quickly directed towards our Andaz extra large view king room. The room was surprisingly huge, compared with normal NYC hotels, and the 12 foot ceilings gives a great sense of space and air.
The design of the rooms is really cool, or at least the first 40 %. The entrance, wardrobe and the bathroom is at supercool mixture of glass, wood, mirrors, metal – great taste and style. Giant shower, a funky mirror and very atmospheric light settings. Buttomline – way cool – but when you walk into the rest of the room, it seems like the designers ran out of funky ideas. There is nothing wrong with the interior, don’t get us wrong, but compared to the rest, it is like a chili turning in to a bean. Full speed ahead, and the suddenly nothing. We have visited the Andaz in Amsterdam Europe, and here they really went “all-in” on the design.
Besides the suddenly stop in design, the room are spacious, very quite and comfortable, and we loved staying here. In the room you also find books about traveling and design, a nice feature in our opinion. Wi-fi and non-alco stuff from the minibar is complimentary.
On the ground floor, the hotel has a very nice and appealing restaurant called The Shop. We didn’t have time for anymore than a coffee from them, but it looked very nice, and should be serving dishes that comes from the farmers and producers around the state. There is an open kitchen so you can follow the preparation of your dinner, and a small shop (shop in the shop) where you during the daytime can walk in a buy some of all the great food that is sold later on.
If you have been following our blog for some time, you will know that one of the most important things for us when staying at a hotel, is the atmosphere and the way the staff meets and helps the guests. The service on Andaz is very kind and welcoming, helping you in every way possible, and always greeting you with a big smile. But there is a little something missing, the last 5 % which makes a luxury hotel stand out from the rest. We felt there was a little distance between us as guests and the staff, the service was very kind, but somehow also a bit unpersonal. A little more focus on this part of the service, would make this hotel blow off the roof.
So is Andaz worth a visit? Yes – without a doubt, because this is a great place, with a fabulous style and design and in the very heart of Manhatten. Lots to see all around you, and rooms where you can relax and enjoy this fantastic place.