King, $229-$265; XL View King, $329-$365; Large Loft, $429-$465; Splash Suite, $579-$615; Large Two-Bedroom Suite, $1429-$1465; XL Terrace, starting at $3,229-$3,295
B, D, F, M at 42nd St.-Bryant Park; 7 at Fifth Ave.
$60 for overnight; no in and out
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Hyatt's boutique Andaz brand launched this midtown outpost in July 2010, not long after the opening of its Wall Street location. In lieu of a front desk, guests here check in over a drink in the lobby lounge with one of the roving, touch-screen-computer-equipped staff members, who double as concierges. Rooms are located in both the main tower—still bearing the limestone-and-brick façade of the 1916 Rogers Peet Building—as well as a second connected building, the elevators for which are accessed on the second floor, past a series of airy, glass-walled event and lounge spaces. Designed by Tony Chi, the large, bright guest rooms (some of which feature views of the New York Public Library, and some of which come with landscaped terraces) evoke city lofts with twelve-foot ceilings (even in the bathrooms), unadorned beds and walls, and pale wood tables. Bathrooms, meanwhile, boast plus-size C.O. Bigelow products and a porcelain foot bath—along with a bench and separate knee-high faucet—in the glass-enclosed showers. Off the lobby, The Shop bar and restaurant's menu lists the purveyors—from local delis to regional farms—of many of the ingredients used in its upscale comfort food.Pros
Complimentary snacks and nonalcoholic drinks from the minibar; large, quiet rooms; free WiFi; central location; foot baths in the showers; 24-hour gym.
No spa; the high-tech TV, Internet, and entertainment system can be tricky, so use it carefully or you’ll be charged.