Grand designs: the entrance of the Andaz
The moment you jump out of the yellow cab at 41st and 5th to be greeted by an Andaz Host, you know you’ve arrived in the city that never sleeps. And checking into the Andaz (a stylish hotel that’s been busy hosting parties during fashion week) is pretty effortless (newyork.5thavenue.andaz.hyatt.com). There’s no regular lobby here. You just wait in the lounge, drink in hand, while someone does everything for you online. It’s all very stylish, very Mad Men and we’re slightly giddy with excitement (or it could just be too much caffeine!).
Room for romance
The loft-style bedrooms are crisp and clean with stylishly simple furnishings and full-wall windows offering the kind of awesome 5th Avenue views that made you want to cross the pond in the first place. The huge walk-in showers filled with products from legendary New York apothecary C.O. Bigelow are v.welcome after a transatlantic flight.
Wine & dine
At breakfast, corner restaurant The Shop serves farm-fresh, seasonal food including a simple but brilliant cheese omelette and toast. The mantra here is to support local farm producers and the same goes for dinner, where catch of the day is exactly that; fresh and fabulous. The Bar Downstairs is a chic space serving great sharing plates and even better cocktails although, in the circumstances – and with that skyline – a girl really can only order a Manhattan.
The suite-est thing: a balcony overlooking the Manhattan skyline
The fact that the Andaz is smack in the middle of Midtown Manhattan and walking distance to 5th Avenue shopping, Times Square, The Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. Cool places to chow down on any visit to NYC include Serendipity 3 on 60th (serendipity3.com) – a fun-filled, ice-cream-parlour-style café selling vintage nick-nacks and serving ginormous sundaes – The Burger Joint
at the Parker Meridien on 56th (parkermeridien.com/burgerjoint) – the city’s worst kept secret where a queue of locals often snakes around the hotel foyer for heaven in a bun at $7.35 a pop – and The Campbell Apartment in Grand Central Station (grandcentralterminal.com) for some old school 1920s glamour. Signature cocktail Prohibition Punch features rum, Grand Marnier and champagne!
A CityPASS that will give you access to some of the city’s top attractions – see (citypass.com/new-york) for details on what’s included such as Top of the Rock for daytime views of the city (including Central Park in one direction and the Empire State Building in the other), and the Empire State Building observatory for viewing the skyline at night.
We don’t love
Jet lag… although the Andaz does have a smart gym (free to residents) where you can fight back with a few stretches or get the endorphins rolling on the treadmill wired up to Manhattan-born Alicia Keys on your iPod.
Andaz 5th Avenue,
485 5th Avenue at 41st Street,
New York, New York.
Email: email@example.com. Andaz King from around £195 per night. Flights from £494pp with Virgin (virgin-atlantic.com).