In town for a few days for the US Open, we were lucky enough to use our newly minted Hyatt Diamond status for the first time at the Andaz 5th Avenue.
I had stayed here previously in 2013 as a Platinum member, and was upgraded to the same room- an Andaz Extra Large room overlooking the New York Public Library and Times Square beyond. With Bryant Park keeping the high buildings away, this view is excellent, and not nearly as claustrophobic as other Manhattan views.
We arrived late at night after yet another delayed American Airlines flight this summer. We were offered our first ever choice of a diamond amenity- either a tote bag (lame), or 1,000 Hyatt points. After initially taking the tote bag, we had a change of heart and took the points.
Standard across Andaz’s brand is free non-alcoholic beverages and snacks in the mini bar, as well as a nightly wine happy hour. While we were too busy to take advantage of the wine happy hour, we were pleased to make use of the mini bar. Also, their beer selection in the mini bar was delicious- a local Brooklyn Ale.
The reason why we chose this property, rather than the Grand Hyatt nearby, is the diamond breakfast benefit. Andaz 5th Avenue is rare in allowing diamonds to take advantage of their breakfast benefit via room service, $75 worth, which we did 4 of the 5 mornings we were there. I sampled most of the menu, and can definitely recommend the avocado toast and the potatoes. The famous lemon seed pancakes were delicious, but not something I’d order every day. I also had breakfast in the restaurant, alone, and can confirm that I can spend $75 on myself. It also included a mimosa or two…
Overall, we had an excellent stay at the Andaz, and would definitely return.