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As we tend to avoid (like the plague) any event that includes the words "beer drinking competition"in its schedule, we usually disqualify Oktoberfest from our "fun fall festival" lists. That being said, we might be tempted to slip into some lederhosen and/or dirndls this year, as the Andaz Wall Street's Oktoberfest actually sounds like a lot of fun (and refreshingly free from beer chugging contests).
The Concourse Level at the Andaz Wall Street sustained such extensive damage from Superstorm Sandy in 2012, it closed for seven months. That space contained the Andaz' event facilities, meeting rooms, and a full-service fitness center. Pretty important for a Financial District hotel and its clientele.
Despite remaining open throughout the renovation, obviously hotel customers and local businesses had to do without those facilities. Well, those days are over with the recent debut of the remodeled event space which is now 7,000 square feet from the previous 4,000 square feet and are divided into four spaces, including an open kitchen. Once only able to accommodate just 75 people, now events for 450 people are possible complete with wireless capabilities and LED lighting.
The three new rooms Stock, Bond, and Exchange are 740 to 1900 square feet each and equipped with LCD televisions, open pantries with personal espresso machines, and state of the art audio-visual equipment.
Guests who weren't able to work out during Andaz stays are now graced with a "green" gym that has hybrid treadmills from Life Fitness. What's a hybrid treadmill? It's a piece of equipment that's a treadmill, elliptical, and stair stepper in one and also uses 52% less power than traditional machines. After your efficient workout, one can now hit the spa which was renovated, too.
We like to think of ourselves as pretty self-sufficient hotel guests. If we need a newspaper, we'll just go online; if there's a spill, we'll clean it up. But one thing we can always use some help with? Doing our taxes.
So it's good news that Andaz Wall Street, who somehow always seems to have something planned for the lesser holidays, has decided to install an accountant-in-residence. Any guest who stays there during the week leading up to Tax Day (which falls on April 17 this year) can book a complimentary one-hour session with accountant Marc Albaum, who would probably take this setup over his regular office any day of the week.
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It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2011 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in the comments below.
This year, we tried something a little different with our video tours, opting for more face time with hotel concierges and other staff members—in addition to the usual room inspections, bathroom tours, and otherwise. And we guess you could say we had some fun along the way...
Possibly the most entertaining of the interviews was with Assistant Front of House Manager at Andaz Wall Street, Michael Stevens. Michael opened up to us about a "lively" wedding group that had passed through earlier that weekend, and who took up 50 rooms, then got so drunk they all forgot their room numbers! But as nightmarish as it sounds, Michael's team apparently handled the situation with tact and aplomb—and lived to tell about it the following day.
Ah, Wall Street. Home of insatiable money-makers, unforgiving protesters, and a handful of Hudson Valley farmers. If ever there was a street that required a specific holiday dedicated to consuming large quantities of alcohol, this would be it.
Repeal Day commemorates the end of Prohibition in 1933—it's the only US holiday to celebrate a law—and falls on the fifth of December. Once a year, Americans can savor how good it feels to drink freely in public. And next Monday, the fine folks at Andaz Wall Street will be throwing a Repeal Day party, complete with free punch and half-off Beefeater cocktails.
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After everything we've been reading about Occupy Wall Street, we thought it might be good to hear from someone who actually lives or works there. And who better than Toni Hinterstoisser, GM of Andaz Wall Street—the only hotel actually located on Wall Street. Toni's been with the hotel since its opening in 2010, and is something of an expert on the hot button 'hood.
So, without further ado...
Knowing how much the hotel looooves to host large drunken wedding parties, this feels like a match made in heaven. If heaven is a waterfront luxury hotel whose kitchen was experimenting with morsels like radi, obatzda (above), spaetzle, and smoked trout.
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Andaz Wall Street concierge, Michael Stevens.
Have you ever flirted with a hotel concierge? In our newest series, Concierge Interviews, HotelChatter goes behind the Front Desk and gets chummy with the men—and women—whose job it is to never say no. Filmed inside various lobbies, courtyards, and bar lounges, each video will offer a glimpse into the world of hotels from the people who know them best. Got a burning question you'd like us to ask? Or have someone in mind for us to interview? Email us your requests!
We like to keep tabs on all aspects of a hotel—from lobby bars to room service to the view outside your window—and we certainly don't skimp on bathrooms. Every Tuesday, we will offer you snapshots into various hotel bathrooms, both public and private. If you see something you like, or have a photo to add of your own, just shoot us an email, or respond in the comments below!
This roomy all-black tiled shower stall (complete with standalone white bench) is found at none other than Andaz Wall Street. Fiscal crises aside, this downtown hotel continues to carry the beacon of sophistication. Everywhere you go—from the lobby to Bar 75 to this here bathroom—the space exudes a cool, undisturbed calm that we find quite irresistible.
There are two places we never expected to see an artsy fartsy, eco-er than thou farmers market: 1) In the heart of the concrete jungle and 2) in a hotel back yard. But seeing as Andaz always likes to do things a little differently (and usually in a way we like), when we were in New York last week, we timed our trip Downtown to coincide with the market at Andaz Wall Street.
The market is the brainchild of the lush Maximo Lopez May, chef at Wall & Water (the hotel’s restaurant), and Joel Patraker, food sourcer for the hotel who just so handily happens to have a background in farmers markets. It takes place every Wednesday and Saturday and, according to the hotel blurb, promises
Items from local Hudson Valley farms and markets including fruits and vegetables from Migliorelli Farm, poultry and game from Quattro’s, jams and chutneys from Beth’s Farm Kitchen, cheese and other dairy products from Farm Catskills, artisanal soaps from Ash Hopper and artisan breads from Orwasher Bakery.
One of our favorite times to wander around Wall Street is on weekends or after-hours when the bankers have clocked off and gone in search of bottle service in some other part of town. Which is why we're entertaining the thought of spending Christmas weekend at Andaz Wall Street. That, and the fact that Jetsetter has a sale at the hotel, with rooms from just $140 a night.
Tablet also had a sale on rooms here recently, but we missed out on those (around $128 a night + tax) so were happy to see the hotel pop up on Jetsetter this week.
Wall & Water's private dining table
Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps is in theaters tomorrow, but already there's a Wall Street 3: Power Players. Kinda. It's only showing at Andaz Wall Street's Wall & Water restaurant. And it's not a movie. It's the hotel's secret way for you to get drunk at lunch and expense it.
As the newest hotel on the Street, it comes as no surprise that Andaz would get in on this long-awaited sequel to Wall Street. And this promo may actually get us into the concept of the power lunch.