King, $250-$400; double, $250-$400; deluxe king, $300-$500; executive king, $400-$775; suite king, $1,000-$1,625; Presidential (Buttonwood) Suite, $2,900-$3,300
2, 3 at Wall St.; 4, 5 at Wall St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Walking in the Andaz Wall Street feels a little like Gattaca, especially when an employee approaches you with a laptop computer and checks you in in the middle of the lobby. The Rockwell Group–designed hotel is sleek and sophisticated, an unexpected breath of cool on stodgy old Wall Street. Discovering David Rockwell's space-saving innovations—like the rotating cube that contains a closet, minibar, full-length mirror, and bathrobe hanger—is more of a delight than a puzzle. The roomy, black-tile shower (stocked with C.O. Bigelow products) has a window that looks into the bedroom, making the entire space feel bigger, and just a little voyeuristic. The high-tech feel is accentuated with lighting panels that offer "relaxed" and "work" settings, as well as a single blackout curtain that opens and closes automatically, eliminating that sliver of light that ruins many a hotel night's sleep. The bed is low, but a firm mattress makes it easy to get in and out of. A duvet and pillows are the only bedding, so fiddle with the thermostat to find a comfortable room temperature. Back in the lobby, complimentary snacks and drinks are available throughout the day, including wine in the evening.Pros
Andaz's Bar Se7en 5ive has an expansive, reasonably priced cocktail menu created by a veteran of Chicago's mixology temple, the Violet Hour. Also, look for lower rates on the weekend—off-days for business travelers.
The Andaz suffers from a lack of signage that makes navigating the hotel a little tricky. The staff is quick to direct confused guests.