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TPG Director of Operations Kate enjoyed a weekend in New York City at the Andaz 5th Avenue and was kind enough to review her experience in an Andaz Loft Suite for us.
One of the greatest perks of working for The Points Guy is getting a surprise bonus in the form of a free suite night award. Brian had gotten two as part of the Hyatt Visa sign-up bonus last year and while he always planned to use his one remaining night at a super fancy Park Hyatt,it was expiring at the end of March and he gave it to me as a gift to celebrate a special occasion. The reservation had to be in his name, but he added me as a guest and I had no issues checking in and enjoying my stay in an Andaz Loft Suite on the hotel’s fifth floor. I’ve been to this hotel before when meeting up with Brian who luckily had gotten upgraded to an Andaz Splash Suite, but have never actually stayed there myself.
Staying in a suite that looks out at the New York Public Library and being able to people watch over 5th Avenue gives you a true New York experience – even for a jaded New Yorker like myself. Pairing that with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant Vitae and a few drinks at Eamonn’s Bar and Grill on 45th Street, made for a fantastic night in celebration of a special occasion.
I was very pleasantly surprised upon entering our Andaz Loft and seeing how spacious it was. Compared to the Splash Suite that Brian got, it’s actually just about half the size, but still roomy by New York standards. For the dates that we stayed, regular Andaz rooms were going for about $375 a night while Loft Suites were going for about $50 more, but we just used an expiring Suite Night Award from the Hyatt Visa there was no additional cost. Being in this room felt like we had our very own New York City apartment for the night. Watch the video below for a virtual tour.
Stretching 366 square feet, there was a living room with a desk/work area and a small sofa, coffee table and armchair, and access to an oversized marble bathroom with a stand alone tub, walk-in rain shower, and glass countertops with his-and-her sinks.
The bedroom had a king-size bed and small daybed as well as its own wall-mounted flatscreen TV. True to Andaz’s austere aesthetic, the room decor was…well, stark. I found it lacking a bit as the walls were all very bare, but the furniture in both the living room and bedroom was comfortable and had a clean contemporary look, and I think it’s a nice break from the sensory overload of the New York streets.
What made this suite feel even bigger were the high ceilings and large windows with automatic shades in each room. Since we were in a corner room, half of the windows looked out over 41st street and the rest over 5th Avenue. It was entertaining to watch flocks of people dressed in green flood 5th Avenue right before the annual St Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday morning.
Unfortunately, we had somewhere to be so we didn’t stick around to watch the parade, but as a Platinum Hyatt Gold Passport member I could have requested to extend our stay until 2pm using the late check-out option.
All Andaz guests receive benefits like free WiFi and all non-alcoholic beverages and snacks provided in the mini bar are included. Aside from in-room benefits, every evening there is complimentary wine service from 6-9 pm downstairs near the lobby. Although we didn’t have time to experience it, there is also restaurant in the Andaz called The Bar Downstairs which serves breakfast and brunch as well as Latin-style dishes in the evening. This is where Diamond members can go to have their free breakfast benefit or you can order room service.
Though the stay was brief, I found the staff to be exceptionally friendly and helpful, and I had a great time while I was in the room thanks to its location and size. I definitely I hope to be back some day – maybe to help get rid of some more expiring suite upgrades! – so I can experience it again.