Review of the Andaz 5th Avenue

Price Paid: $250; Average Prices range from $336-$730, depending on the dates

PROS:
  • Excellent location across the street from the New York Public Library and a few blocks from Grand Central
  • Excellent service, including room service breakfast for Globalist members
  • Trendy Room
  • Free mini bar and wine happy hour
CONS:
  • Can be expensive on points or paid rates (luckily, this was a business trip)
  • No pool (though that’s pretty typical for Manhattan)

In town for a few days for the US Open, we were lucky enough to use our newly minted Hyatt Diamond status (now Globalist) for the first time at the Andaz 5th Avenue.

I had stayed here previously in 2013 as a Platinum member, and was upgraded to the same room- an Andaz Extra Large room overlooking the New York Public Library and Times Square beyond. With Bryant Park keeping the high buildings away, this view is excellent, and not nearly as claustrophobic as other Manhattan views.

We arrived late at night after yet another delayed American Airlines flight this summer. We were offered our first ever choice of a diamond amenity- either a tote bag (lame), or 1,000 Hyatt points. After initially taking the tote bag, we had a change of heart and took the points. Unfortunately, under the new World of Hyatt program, no amenity is granted at check-in any longer.

Standard across Andaz’s brand is free non-alcoholic beverages and snacks in the mini bar, as well as a nightly wine happy hour. While we were too busy to take advantage of the wine happy hour, we were pleased to make use of the mini bar. Also, their beer selection in the mini bar was delicious- a local Brooklyn Ale.

The reason why we chose this property, rather than the Grand Hyatt nearby, is the diamond (now Globalist) breakfast benefit. Andaz 5th Avenue is rare in allowing top-tier members to take advantage of their breakfast benefit via room service, $75 worth, which we did 4 of the 5 mornings we were there. I sampled most of the menu, and can definitely recommend the avocado toast and the potatoes. The famous lemon seed pancakes were delicious, but not something I’d order every day. I also had breakfast in the restaurant, alone, and can confirm that I can spend $75 on myself. It also included a mimosa or two…

The gym on property is in the basement, but is surprisingly large for a property of this size. Keep in mind, there is no pool on property.

Overall, we had an excellent stay at the Andaz, and wouldn’t hestitate booking clients here looking to explore Midtown Manhattan and surroundings.

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