Andaz 5th Avenue— New York


The latest opening in Hyatt’s chain of boutique hotels is a rare beast – a friendly and relaxing NYC establishment where even native New Yorkers will be able to experience a fresh take on their city.


It is unusual to walk down Fifth Avenue and find a set of friendly wooden doors thrown open on the corner of 41st Street inviting you into what feels like someone’s home. It doesn’t seem quite like a shop, a restaurant or a hotel, but in fact it’s all three. The Andaz Fifth Avenue is Hyatt’s third hotel in New York and although it has only been open for a few weeks, it already feels like a familiar face in the heart of the city.

The Andaz brand was created in 2006 when Hyatt chief executive Mark Hoplamazian was approached to build a boutique hotel…


From 1916 until the mid-1980s men’s retailer Rogers Peet occupied this corner block. Rogers Peet was a school outfitter, appealing to New England boarding school boys who wanted “winning wardrobes at sensible prices”. Eleanor Roosevelt bought FDR’s clothes here. The historic building has changed hands several times. Tommy Hilfiger sold it to designer Peter Som who then sold it to the Pritzker family, owners of the Hyatt brand, in 2007. The Pritzkers bought it to house a Park Hyatt but the location suited the more casual Andaz brand. Hyatt began construction in 2007.

Splash Suite

The Splash Suite is our favourite space for its enormous egg-shaped tub, footbath in the shower room, 3.5m-high ceilings and electric outlets placed conveniently close to the bed. Views of the tower lights on top of the Empire State Building, which flash until 02.00, are also a classic New York draw.

Tony Chi, designer, Andaz Fifth Avenue

Tony Chi designed the Park Hyatts in Shanghai, Chicago and Washington in addition to the Grand Hyatt Taipei. The Andaz Fifth Avenue is Chi’s first Andaz property and is the first hotel he has designed in his hometown of New York.

How did you approach the design?
I always take the design from the surrounding story. I’m a New Yorker. I have been living in the city for 49 years. This location is one block from 42nd street and the Public Library where, at the age of 12, every child in New York waits in line for a library card. It is an anchor in the spine of New York and therefore a fabulous anchor to my story.

What was the challenge?
The editing. How do you collect the best of NY and edit that?

Where do you feel the design excels?
I like a building that can fold itself up. The shutters are reminiscent of an old shop where the owner would close the shutters at night – the hotel closes the shutters. And when it wakes up, the shutters open and welcome the light. It’s a matter of good manners and Andaz being a good neighbour. Isn’t that a wonderful gesture? I love that single element so much.


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