I’ve written several times about the Andaz 5th Avenue in New York. It’s been my ‘go to’ in the city for over four years.
The basic idea is:
- It’s a nice hotel, with complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and some snacks.
- The rooms are generally large, especially for New York
- They have a lot of suites
- They treat Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members well — while there are a ton of different kinds of suites, and on my most recent stay I had one of the lesser ones, I’ve only not had a suite once there (on my first stay)
- They allow Diamond members to take complimentary breakfast via room service. And the food is really good.
They put all of this together at a price point I generally see in the $300s. That’s a lot of money, in fact it’s towards the high end of what I’ve ever spent on a room. But it’s not all that bad for New York, you get a lot for the money by New York standards.
The location is directly across from the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue, which often works well for me location-wise too.
And the rooms are really attractive, especially the bathrooms.
The minibar is always a plus, only the alcohol is at a charge.
And the lemon poppyseed pancakes? Still very good.
I met the hotel’s General Manager Cornelia Samara at the launch party for Wendy Perrin’s new website last year, and looked her up while I was on property. I asked about some recent changes on property, and what was in the works.
Four changes since I last wrote about the property:
- The biggest improvement came at the beginning of the year. I’ve never had a problem sleeping here, but I’m not disturbed by light. One of the most common complaints about the hotel was the blackout curtains, that they weren’t wide enough and let light creep in. They’ve widened those, so folks that avoided the property over blackout curtains can now return.
- They have a new chef, Chef Santoro who now offers a chef’s table at the restaurant. He joins the property from the Park Hyatt in DC where he was chef de cuisine.
- The chairs at the desk now have wheels, which is a little thing but anyone who has worked at the desk will likely appreciate that.
- They’ve upgraded power by the bedsides to allow charging personal electronic devices.
- The hotel is looking at finishing the rooftop and doing something with it – although they’re not sure what. A bar would be nice, but they don’t want the lobby traffic that would come with a rooftop bar. A reception space is another possibility.
- The hotel should go through a soft renovation of rooms around January – February 2017. That will include carpet and furniture. They’re evaluating whether to enclose the shower, the lack of a shower door has never been a problem for me and I don’t get the bathroom floor wet but apparently it’s something many guests have asked for. (In contrast, my suggestion would be a door separating the toilet room from the rest of the bathroom.) They’re also looking at adding a second wardrobe to large king rooms.
The changes planned aren’t anything drastic, the hotel just doesn’t need it, they hit a really great sweet spot for price and value in the city in my opinion — especially for Gold Passport Diamond members.