About Andaz Fifth Avenue
The Andaz Fifth Avenue experience can be summed up by its innovative check-in process. Gone is the traditional front reception desk; instead, a roving staff with handheld computers assists guests. Hyatt’s Andaz brand aims to be casual, cool and cultured, and this hotel exemplifies that in many ways.
For starters, the Andaz Fifth Avenue was designed by the esteemed Toni Chi, and its overall aesthetic is airy and light. The loft-like rooms have a minimalist decor and neutral tones, but with enough boutique touches to feel warmly welcoming, including a chaise lounge, fluffy beds and sturdy blonde-wood furnishings. The marble bathrooms have roomy showers and, uniquely, a foot bath, which does wonders after a day of pounding the pavement. The generous amenities are another sweet touch – a complimentary mini-bar with non-alcoholic drinks and snacks, plus a wine hour in the evenings at the bar. The Andaz Fifth Avenue has also adopted the Respire by Hyatt program, which offers special hypo-allergenic rooms that have undergone an air-purification treatment.
The Andaz hotels also pride themselves on delivering a local experience, and the Fifth Avenue property lives up to that promise, with a New York-ified twist around every turn. The causal eatery, simply called the Shop, sources seasonal fare, like Long Island Duck breast, from New York State farmers. Plus, they’ll often serve snacks from local favorites, like the Pickle Guys on the Lower East Side. The hotel is also dotted with art, either by locals – including area high-school students – or created in homage to New York, like the hotel’s signature Nick Hornby sculpture, constructed of white marble and resin. The bathrooms have amenities by New York apothecary C.O. Bigelow. And, perhaps most New York of all, the hotel sits on Fifth Avenue, across from the main branch of the New York Public Library and leafy green Bryant Park. The hotel features its own mini-library and den, with books on New York architecture and the like and, occasionally, rotating titles from the library itself.
In addition to the Shop, there’s also the Bar Downstairs, a honey-lit subterranean bar that serves classic cocktails from Sidecars and Pimm’s Cup to sassy Latino-flavored drinks like the Mexican Firing Squad (tequila, lime, pomegranate molasses, and angostura bitters) and Hasta la Vista, with tequila, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur and Peychaud’s bitters.
Did you know?
The Andaz Fifth Avenue once housed a couple of New York's retail giants. It was originally the location of the largest Rogers, Peet & Co. department store and later became the global headquarters of Tommy Hilfiger.
The Andaz Fifth Avenue is New York’s “hip Hyatt” and accordingly attracts visitors who like some local edge, and art, in their hotel experience. That said, the hotel also has all the hallmarks of a high-end boutique hotel, with contemporary rooms and generous amenities that draw business travelers and families, as well as the international set who like the wonderfully central spot right across from the New York Public Library.
This casual locavore restaurant serves seasonal cuisine like chicken schnitzel with Hudson Valley greens and, in a nod to NYC’s old-timey diners, a daily “blue plate” special, from tuna casserole to veal parmigiano.
The Bar Downstairs
Pull up to a communal table for creative cocktails and bar snacks.
Room service is available 24 hours a day.
Andaz Fifth Avenue Location Information:
485 Fifth Ave. (at 41st St.)
New York, NY 10017
4, 5, 6, 7 to Grand Central/42nd St.; B, D, F, M to 42nd St./Bryant Park
- 24 hour front desk
- Business Center
- Dry cleaning service
- Fitness Center
- Parking - Valet