new york: andaz 5th avenue

new york: andaz 5th avenue

view of ny public library from the street level cafe, andaz 5th avenue

if it's one thing andaz does well, it's re-engineering space. we're not talking about the outer limits of the cosmos, rather, the re-mastering of urban structures to accomodate an increasingly selective spectrum of global explorers. nowhere is this more apparent than at andaz 5th avenue, housed in a historical pre war building, in the heart of midtown nyc.

one of the less obvious places to find spacious, loft-style lodgings [we'd expect to find this more so over the bridge in brooklyn these days], the hotel features 12 feet floor-to-ceiling windows, spectacular views of midtown manhattan [including the iconic new york public library], mammoth open plan travertine floored bathrooms and over 300 square feet of room to play in. not to mention the vaulted steel doors on the street level café, hand-selected reclaimed furniture in the atmospheric subterranean bar and modern accents like transparent glass closets, conceived by architect tony chi. the hotel is an ode to the seamless integration of both private and public spaces as well as combining progressive design with old world charm.

the key element of the 5th avenue location is its effortless combination of pre existing and modern features in a way that not only personalizes the place, but pays homage to its classic pre war character. and as for the local area, you're within a stones throw of world class retail, art and entertainment mayhem. it stands to reason then that while andaz 5th avenue is strategically placed centre stage in a chaotic metropolis, they are experts at engineering quite the opposite feeling once through their door. location: 485 fifth avenue [midtown].