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Andaz Fifth Avenue, Midtown East 

485 Fifth Avenue
Midtown East
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 601 1234
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Set in a gut-renovated 1916 building directly across from the New York Public Library, Andaz 5th Avenue is the fifth outpost of Hyatt's hybrid lifestyle-business brand, and arguably its best. As early as check-in it's apparent this isn't your typical corporate Midtown hotel: Laptop-toting staffers prowl the lobby to welcome arriving guests with coffee, wine, or springwater before escorting them to rooms, whose complimentary amenities—Wi-Fi, minibar, local calls—are also appreciated perks. In fact, the 184 rooms, with 12-foot ceilings, massive windows, and spacious bathrooms that make even standard king rooms feel luxuriously oversized, are the hotel's strongest selling point. Designer Tony Chi deploys a muted and refined color palette—as well as dark-stained poplar—reminiscent of his Park Hyatt Shanghai and Asiate restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental New York. His biggest coup here: some of the coolest (and biggest) rain showers in town, in travertine marble and outfitted with mini-baths to soothe sore feet after a day of pavement pounding. The service is warm and welcoming throughout, including at the Bar Downstairs, which hasn't quite captivated the downtown cocktail crowd despite a solid effort, and at The Shop, the no-reservations lobby restaurant whose market-driven menu has Manhattan suits lunching en masse.—2011 Hot List

Which room to book: The hotel's seven suites with freestanding tubs offer views of the Empire State Building and the Public Library—as do less expensive XL View King rooms.

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