Video Hotel Review: Andaz Fifth Avenue Splash Suite

by on November 27, 2012 · 15 comments

in Hotel Reviews, Hyatt, Video Blog Post

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I recently stayed at the original St. Regis in New York and although I loved the location and the Old World style of the iconic hotel, I was disappointed by how much negotiating I had to do in order to get upgraded to a suite, as well as by the high room rate – $550! The next night I headed over to one of my go-to NYC hotels: the Andaz Fifth Avenue.

The great skyline view from the bedroom.

This time I got a room rate of $361, which I just paid for rather than redeeming the 22,000 Gold Passport points that would have been necessary for an award night since I am struggling to maintain Diamond status and Hyatt does not count award nights towards elite qualification. I was staying for only one night, so I decided not to use one of my Diamond-status suite upgrade awards and take my chances that I’d be upgraded when I arrived.

The suite’s living room area.

Though when I stayed in New York this summer I used one of my suite upgrade certificates to go from a standard Andaz King to a Loft Suite, this time, without doing anything, I was automatically upgraded four room categories to an Andaz Splash Suite, which was almost twice as large as my Loft Suite had been at a huge (by NYC standards) 787 square feet. If I’d paid, it would have cost about $710 the night I stayed, so I was basically getting twice my money’s worth!

Have a look at my video walk-through and then read on below for the details:

It had the same high ceilings and taupe palette, as well as a spacious all-Travertine-marble bathroom with separate soaking tub and walk-in rain shower, dual vanities and CO Bigelow bath amenities as well as all the usual Andaz perks like free non-alcoholic mini-bar beverages and snacks, free WiFi and local calls, and high-tech touches like a 54-inch HDTV and a Geneva Sound System.

The standalone soaking tub in the bathroom was a great design element.

The room had a living room with a sofa and armchair, a narrow work desk, and windows looking south toward the Empire State Building. The bedroom was pretty sparse, but the queen bed dressed in Frette linens was super comfortable, so I got a good night’s sleep. It also had another huge flatscreen and a small sitting area with two armchairs, and looked right out over 5th Avenue to the New York Public Library.

The Travertine marble walk-in shower was enormous.

As usual, I didn’t have time to hang out much in the hotel, so I had to forego cocktails in the downstairs bar and a meal in The Shop restaurant, but I did hit the little fitness center, and I got to have my favorite Hyatt Diamond amenity – free breakfast – via room service, which I really enjoy and wish more Hyatts made that an option for elite members rather than making us go have the breakfast in the club lounge when available.

Dual vanities and a funky mirror in the bathroom.

All in all, this stay just reaffirmed why I like the Andaz so much. Sure, it doesn’t have the storied (some might say stuffy) ambiance of the St. Regis, but it’s just a few blocks farther south, the rooms are great, and I love the contemporary feel of it. Plus, I always feel like I get my money’s (or points’) worth out of my stays here.

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  • Santastico

    Any thoughts on how to get a decent rate for NYC hotels from 12/5 to 12/9? I can’t find anything for less than $600 + taxes. Tks!!

  • John

    I don’t understand the enamor with such a hotel and suite when in your own words, “I didn’t have time to hang out much in the hotel.” This is why most hotel “deals” are not a big deal to me. You could buy yourself a huge breakfast anywhere in NY with the money you would have saved at a lower-priced hotel with no breakfast.

  • T Nick Usalis Knight

    Nice to live it up ;-)

  • Hattip

    sick and tired of your spiel about suites and upgrades and such. you’re obviously getting them for free because of your affiliation with the credit card companies and the hotel companies. get a life

  • Jamison

    tough life! totally jealous

  • Jamison

    TPG is a Hyatt Diamond member…. its benefits are suite upgrades.. sometimes you just get lucky and get higher category suite upgrades because of your loyalty to Hyatt and to the hotel itself.

  • Jamison

    the HOTEL room does matter…. don’t let anyone tell you that the hotel room does not matter “Oh, I just need a place to sleep” – the hotel room can make or break your vacation

  • Andrew

    If your so sick and tired of it- why do you come to this site? Your sick and tired yet you obviously read a lot of his posts- yet your sick and tired? Perhaps you should quit your bitching and start enjoying other websites in which the blogger speaks to the benefits of a small room with no view at the days inn. Why would you ever do anything you don’t enjoy- ur a clown

  • Andrew

    $361 is a pretty good deal in NYC and as a diamond
    Member you can have as big as a breakfast as you want. So, please tell me… Where could you get a nice room for $300-$320 in New York- as a “big breakfast” will cost you $20 as high as $60 at a nice buffet. Not many quality rooms in NYC for under $300- really good point though, you definitely know your stuff… Not so much

  • Angel

    I understand your view and sometimes i have the same feeling. However, thanks to this and other blogs, I was able to attain Hyatt Diamond status doing a challenge (I stayed 12 nights at Hyatt during my recent 2 weeks vacation) and now I can enjoy all the same perks Brian mentions in this article. Being a blogger definitely helps and sometimes I think they get more than the usual Elite member of any program but in the end if you are savvy and pick and choose your battles, you can get some of the same benefits. Just my $0.02

  • ElPaso

    What’s with all the haters? No one is forcing you to read this or any other blog. If you don’t enjoy the posts, why do you keep reading them? It is perhaps you who needs to get a life.

  • Guest

    Why are you reading this blog then? The internet is a big place…

  • Ryan

    I stayed at the same property as you but in a Andaz 2 Bedroom Large Suite on the top floor.

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