I recently spent two nights in NYC for a little business trip. Man, I love trips to NYC. Jordan and I had a great trip there last December when we stayed at the Andaz 5th Ave.
This time, since I had already enjoyed the Andaz 5th Avenue and Grand Hyatt in NYC – I wanted to branch out and try the Andaz Wall Street location.
The Andaz Wall Street is located at 75 Wall street, right in the financial district. It’s just a short walk to the Stock Exchange and the famous “charging bull.” No, I didn’t have this guy take my picture with the bull, but I did take a picture of the guy taking a picture of a guy.
The financial district was a little quieter than the other places I’ve stayed in NYC, and it was only a short walk to Ground Zero, the historic Trinity Church, and some really nice low key dinner spots. I enjoyed staying in this new area for the short time I was there.
This year, Hyatt raised the Andaz Wall Street to a category 6 hotel. Bummer, since it used to be a category 4 property and a steal for 15,000 points a night. The Andaz W Hollywood (see my review) is still a category 4 hotel, so it’s still a steal – but it’s in L.A.
Now that the Andaz Wall Street is a category 6 hotel, award redemptions are:
- standard room for 22,000
- club room for 27,000
- suite for 33,000 points
I can’t say that I highly suggest burning Hyatt Gold Passport (Ultimate Rewards) points here, because it’s the same cost as the Park Hyatt Vendome, Park Hyatt Sydney, or Park Hyatt Maldives.
I paid the regular rate for my stay since I was traveling for work, and since I’m a Diamond member, I was upgraded to the “large suite” because of lack of availability. See, traveling in peak season can have some benefits. I can guarantee you it wasn’t because I’m a rewards travel blogger. I don’t ever mention it, or pull a “dykwia?” I’m small potatoes, anyway.
In standard Andaz style, we were greeted at the door and accompanied to the check-in desk where they completed the check-in with an i-Pad. The service was great, as usual. And as I always do, I asked the host for a dining recommendation. He referred us to an Italian restaurant just down the road, and I can’t remember the name because I was still in the flying fog, but it was a great spot. Quaint with excellent food.
Our room was on the 15th floor and was very spacious (almost as big as my last house), especially for a NYC hotel. It was a loft style room, and of course it was designed with a modern flair. Modern decor is definitely my preference. I did notice that the room and hotel had some wear and tear due to age – but it is one of the oldest Andaz properties I’ve stayed at.
The orange couch was probably my least favorite couch of all the Andaz couches I’ve sat on. I usually like getting up early and heading to the couch to answer emails, but this couch wasn’t calling my name. I would normally welcome burnt orange, but maybe it reminded me too much of UT’s recent troubles in both football and basketball. Sorry for the sports reference.
The 42″ lcd TV was inviting, however, and I ended up getting sucked into watching ESPN classic tennis matches between Bjorg and Connors. Epic.
Always love a good view, and the suite had floor to ceiling windows with blinds that you could open and close with the flip of a switch. Score!
And in the bedroom, another 42″ tv with a lovely chair. The bedroom was open and a comfortable place to unwind from the NYC grind.
The light switches did have faders, but they were a little outdated and showed some wear. They worked, though, so that’s a plus.
The bedroom did come with a bed. The king sized bed did the job.
You guys know I love a good shower. And this walk-in shower had overhead and handheld options. In was odd that the tub was right next to the walk-in shower. It was a good shower, but didn’t compare to the splash shower at the Andaz on 5th Ave.
One of the reasons I love Andaz properties is for the free snacks and drinks (no alcohol). There’s nothing like getting to your room after a flight or walking all day, and having some good chips or chocolate options to snack on. And the Andaz selections are always interesting, usually organic, and sometimes local.
I did take advantage of my Diamond breakfast the first day, but was underwhelmed. It was actually my least favorite breakfast I have had at an Andaz property. I didn’t even take any pics! I was offered the American breakfast, which came with eggs, sausage/bacon, and access to the buffet, which had bagels, cheese, bread, cereal, etc.
The food was OK, but the service wasn’t anything special. I never received a refill of coffee or water (pet peeve of mine). Maybe it was because we were the only people in there not wearing slacks and a tie – I don’t know. It was definitely a Wall Street hub. Because of this, we skipped on the free breakfast the second day and went to my favorite breakfast spot, Clinton St. Bakery, where I ordered the best pancakes in the world. Just look below.
I enjoyed the location, the service provided by the hosts, and the room at the Andaz Wall Street. However, I wouldn’t choose this location over the Andaz 5th Ave or even the Grand Hyatt, unless you want to be directly in the financial district.
Happy travels to NYC if you’re headed there soon!
— Geoff Whitmore