Lower Manhattan is thriving and this chic property is leading the way. You get great views of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge and New York Harbour from the upper floors, and it’s an ideal place for hanging out, whether it’s in the welcoming lobby lounge with its complimentary coffee and snacks, or in spacious rooms.
Lower Manhattan is not for everyone since you are a trek from Midtown, Central Park and the action of SoHo or the Village, but on the plus side it’s quiet at night, you are in the oldest and most historic part of the city (go for a drink to the nearby Fraunces Tavern, built in 1762) and the Brooklyn Bridge and ferries to Staten Island and Ellis Island are only yards away.
Address: 75 Wall Street, New York, 10005.
Style & character
Chic, modern, clean lined, with light and dark woods and red-and-black tones dominating, the interiors are a world away from most Hyatt hotels. Designers Rockwell Group bring modern furnishings that could be in MoMA, there is work by local artists on the walls, and, in keeping with the fashionable yet laid back ethos, staff in designer uniforms check you in via iPad in the lobby, forgoing the formality of a check-in desk.
Service & facilities
Complimentary Wi-Fi, free local calls, and free snacks and non-alcoholic beverages in your room are a signature Andaz touch, instantly making you feel at home. Facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness centre with all the latest gear, but the true service highlight is the Andaz Spa, which caters its treatments to guests’ schedules. Guests can get massages, facials and aromatherapy (using aromatic botanical products) in the spa or in their room.
Rooms are much more spacious than most New York hotels, partly due to the soaring 11ft-high ceilings and 7ft windows that afford plenty of light and great views. Standard rooms feature textured walls and oak floors with bleached wood accents, but this being the street of financial titans and Masters of the Universe, why not splurge on a 650sq ft Andaz Suite, which come with all the mods cons such as a 42” wireless-controlled televisions, but also ergonomic work desks and marble walk-in showers with separate soaking tubs and Beekman 1802 amenities.
Food & drink
Bar-restaurant Dina Rata, accessed from the street or the lobby, has established itself as a neighbourhood favourite. In keeping with Andaz’s ‘global is local’ ethos, they do seasonal cuisine and cocktails, with locally-sourced ingredients, in everything from the grass-fed mushroom burger to the Dina Rata Smash brandy cocktail (Laird’s applejack brandy; Fees Brother’s bitters). In summer the outdoor Beer Garden in a secluded courtyard adjacent to the hotel serves a great selection of local craft beer as well as imported German brews.
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