Oyster takes a sneak peek at Andaz Wall Street

by Jennifer on January 12, 2010

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The lobby at Andaz Wall Street, which opens its doors to guests on January 18

Last night we attended the opening of Andaz Wall Street, part of Hyatt’s new line of boutique-y feeling hotels designed to challenge Starwood’s very popular (and ever growing) W properties. Only about 50 of the hotel’s 253 rooms are set to open on January 18, but the handsome Andaz (meaning “personal style” in Hindi) is gearing up to compete with the Financial District’s top hotels. While the hotel’s smooth lines and dim lighting are a draw in their own right, it is the freebies that will surely win over guests — free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, free non-alcoholic mini-bar items, free gourmet lobby snacks (think charcuterie), and a barista in the lobby throughout the day.

Like many hotels, Andaz Wall Street wants guests to feel like they’re in a friend’s home. The sentiment is cliché, but the execution is intriguing. The hotel’s lobby area has no front desk; instead, a member of the staff approaches guests and checks them in using a tablet (a.k.a. a mini laptop). At Bar 7even 5ive, the bartenders are free flowing rather than manning a central bar, stopping at scattered islands to pour drinks or reaching into visible mini fridges when necessary.

Rooms are sleek and contemporary, with high ceilings, seven-foot windows, and plenty of bedside outlets. The star feature, though absent in the standard rooms, is a rotating closet cube – one side closet, one side mirror, one side robe hanger, and one side wet bar. Each sexy black bathroom takes up 30 percent of its guestroom and has a rain shower; some bathrooms have a revealing peek-a-boo window between the bathtub and rest of the room (much in the W tradition).

Andaz Wall Street officially opens its doors next week, with a Fifth Avenue outpost opening later this year.

The bed in an Andaz Executive King room.

The bed in an Andaz Executive King room.

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The four-sided spinning cube closet: After you shower step into a robe, pull on clothing from the closet, look in the mirror, and pour a drink.

Andaz Deluxe King Room

Andaz Deluxe King Room

Peek-a-boo! In many rooms a glass window provides a view from the bathtub into the guestroom.

Peek-a-boo! In many rooms a glass window provides a view from the bathtub into the guestroom.

A barista stationed in the lobby will brew guests free drinks.

A barista stationed in the lobby will brew guests free drinks.

The lobby will be stocked with free snacks, like the ones seen here.

The lobby will be stocked with free snacks, like the ones seen here.

Guests mingle at Bar 7even 5ive during Andaz Wall Street's kick-off party on Monday.

Guests mingle at Bar 7even 5ive during Andaz Wall Street's kick-off party on Monday.

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Judy W. January 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Looks like a wonderful destination. Sorry I wasn’t invited to the opening party.

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