Andaz Lounge: A more modern meeting space than your traditional hotel lobby, the high ceilings make this a refuge from the narrow, poky, crowded streets of the financial district outside. Free coffee and snacks will be available for guests, along with our favorite thing in the world: free WiFi.
Bar Seven Five: We like the friendly feel of having bartenders floating about at different service areas rather than stuck behind one big imposing bar. (Flow and transition are big Andaz themes.) We also love the idea of sampling small plates perched at these tables that are just the right level for those of us that are height challenged. (They’re also good for leaning on.)
The Wallnut: A white marble chef’s bench welcomes you into this large, airy space divided into two sides—one is more of a lounge with a lower ceiling and seating. There’s a private dining room for 10 up one end (expect Wall Streeters to book this out to watch big games), and a show kitchen and partly secluded chef’s table up the other. The room looks fancy but there’ll be no tablecloths and tables can be moved around to accommodate small and large groups. The menu will have a seasonal, local focus with an emphasis on comfort food.
The Rooms: Even the lowest-category rooms have 11-ft ceilings and 7 ft-windows with cushioned window seating. The shower has a little ledge and mirror in the wall for the gents who like to shave in there, and the larger Andaz Deluxe Kings have sexy soaking tubs in bathrooms the size of many Manhattan hotel rooms. Everything looks slick but functional. The mini-bar is hidden away in the TV/desk console, and the back of the TV is covered in a mirror so you can sit behind it and use it as a dresser.
As for the spinning-cube closet, where do we start? Such a great use of space, it’s also childish fun to turn the thing around and around and around. Regular closets have mirrors and shoe racks that slide out and back, and drawers with lots of tiny built-in compartments for the A-type personalities who will no doubt flock here.
Andaz Studio, Gym, Spa If you’ve got to have a meeting, these ‘studios’ seem like cozy places to do it. They’re wired for all sorts of tech (free WiFi!), can be catered, and you can even tack your displays right into the push-pin wall. (It matches the regular wallpaper. No ugly speckled pushpin boards here!) The gym was still being put together but looks sizeable. Ditto the spa, which will offer 15-minute express appointments as well as traditional hour-long treatments.
Rooms are available from February 15, starting at $236 a night for an Andaz King or Andaz Double, and $286 a night for the Andaz Deluxe King. (That’s if you really want that tub and spinning closet. We know we do.)