Across from the venerable New York Public Library. The area has a few small boutique hotels but nothing of this size or grandeur. It gets quiet after dark so head a few blocks east or west of Fifth Avenue to find choice eateries.
The 184 Tony Chi–designed rooms have an airy, loft-like feel that is augmented by the use of poplar and grey basalt. Marquis lighting, 12-foot ceilings, double-glazed windows and exposed pipe ceilings further enhance the feeling of openness. Guests can also choose from 43 suites, 24 of which have terraces, six of which offer small gardens. Bathrooms are expansive, with travertine marble, rainforest showers and porcelain footbaths. Splash suites have egg-shaped tubs in bathrooms with views of the library as well as the Empire State Building. CO Bigelow, a famous apothecary in Greenwich Village, outfits the hotel with their signature bath products. Local calls, WiFi access and mini-bar selections—without alcoholic beverages—are complimentary.
The main lobby is made of steel and showcases tall windows with views of Fifth Avenue. You won’t find a check-in desk. Instead, guests are greeted by hosts who take down info via mobile devices and escort them to their rooms. The public courtyard at the center of the hotel’s main floor offers a respite from the cacophony on the streets. Business-minded men and women have use of the 6,000 square foot Apartment 2E. The loft-like studio has audio and visual capabilities as well as free WiFi, pantries, a kitchen, bar and espresso makers.
Eating and drinking
Several drinking and dining establishments are located inside the hotel. Guests can relax with a good book at The Library as they sip an espresso. The Andaz Lounge is a great place to relax with a friend. The bar is located on the cellar level of the hotel and is decorated with leather couches and walnut tables. Guests can dine on small dishes and sip a signature cocktail served by a Nanette Lepore–clad waiter. Opt for the Pimms- and rum-infused The Cellar Door on cold nights.
The shop, the hotel’s restaurant, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Blue Bottle coffee and pastries from local establishments such as Mast Brothers are on hand during the morning. The 38-seat eatery showcases locally sourced items from Upstate organic farms to Manhattan icons such as Katz’s Delicatessen and Sullivan Street Bakery.
A small, 24-hour gym is onsite but there’s no spa.
Service is impeccable, reminiscent of Hyatt International’s Park Hyatt Brand. As with other Hyatt properties, the employees are knowledgeable and friendly, without being too fawning. Your personal host is always a phone call away should you need concierge services.
Who stays there
Business-minded travelers and leisure guests who want Hyatt hospitality but without the stuffiness. You won’t find many locals, as it’s not in the hippest part of town.
Remember the season. Summer, national holidays, Christmas and New Year are all high season. January and February are always a good time to go as prices go down. Government officials, senior citizens and AAA members get discounts.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Spacious rooms
- Far from culinary hotspots