After a night in the Plaza, we both kind of felt that our next stop, the Andaz Wall Street, and remainder of the holiday wouldn’t be as good. After all, it’s like going for the sticky toffee pudding before having your main course. So as we packed up our Central Park pad and headed down south towards Brooklyn, we were both a little anxious.
Within minutes of arriving at the Andaz, the anxiety soon mellowed. I’ve stayed at the same hotel by Liverpool Street in London, so I had some idea of what to expect from the chain. It was Laura’s first visit though, and we were super excited.
After three unbelievably comfy nights, we both felt it was THE place to stay in New York. And here’s why.
Andaz Wall Street Hotel: Location
Andaz Wall Street is right at the heart of the Financial District – that you may guess from the name. What you won’t guess is that it’s a 10-minute walk from Brooklyn Bridge, One World Observatory and from Battery Park where you can catch the ferry to Staten Island.
From a tourist’s perspective it might not be considered mega central and you may well be tempted to settle for the bright lights of Times Square thinking you’ll be missing out, but it is perfect for seeing some of the best sights in the city and dodging the copious amount of crowds.
Wall Street sits on a number of Subway routes, so getting around is really easy. There’s even a stop for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus right outside the hotel, and the hop-on hop-off ferry too.
It’s pretty much like staying in the city – there are great bars dotted around, there’s a fantastic shopping area, the walk by the shore is just dreamy, and you still feel like a Manhattanite. Just better. A lot better. We loved the area completely, and next time we’re headed to the Big Apple we’ll be returning to the same district.
Andaz Wall Street Hotel: The welcome
The hotel’s reputation might be stellar and being on Wall Street we were expecting stuffy suits, cocky businessmen and a little too much snobbery, but the atmosphere in the lobby certainly didn’t fit with our preconceived expectations. It was pretty relaxed, with plenty of sofas dotted around the enjoy the free tea and coffee served throughout the day, as well as freshly baked cookies.
Check-in was smooth, all done by iPad, and we even got an upgrade to a superior room! The staff told us about the free happy hour where wines and drinks were served for an hour every evening completely free of charge, and if we’d have had a pooch to bring along it would have been welcome to nibble on the doggy treats and drinks on offer.
What a lovely warm welcome!
Andaz Wall Street Hotel: The room
As mentioned, we opted for a superior upgrade. And how superior it was. A HUGE super king size bed, a HUGE jacuzzi-style bath tub, a huge walk-in shower/wet-room, double sinks and mirrors, a HUGE TV and loads of space. We couldn’t believe our luck. I soon had the subway and city map out on the desks and plumped down into the lush bed. The mini bar was free, and we even had some extra snacks sent up through Twitter… how awesome is that?
The lights and blinds were controlled by a set of buttons next to the bed, which was a neat toy. Relaxing, Work, Bright, Dim, there were a plethora of options to get guests in the right mood. Laura found the lights around the buttons a little bright so had to hide them with a pillow, which was the only drawback we could see.
We couldn’t help but be impressed. It was exactly what we needed. Plenty of space for a lengthy stay and plenty of amenities to make us feel at home. The jacuzzi-style bath and monsoon-shower wet-room were great touches and helped to liven us up after a good sleep.
Andaz Wall Street Hotel: Did we sleep well?
With the exception of the slightly too-bright buttons next to Laura’s bedside table, it is a resounding yes.
As we were packing to come home the fire alarm did begin to sound sporadically and caused a bit of confusion as the house-keeping staff didn’t seem too bothered by it, but after the hotel manager spoke to us through a sound system in our rooms, all was well in the world.
Our overall opinion
It’s easy to be bogged down with the huge choice on offer in New York. It’s kinda like London in that respect. We looked at four or five alternatives before booking Andaz, and we are so glad we did.
We wanted a base to explore the city, and this is a perfect place to do just that. It’s a 10 minute subway to Grand Central, which gets you in the heart of New York. It’s affordable luxury at its best, and the best thing is how cheap weekend rates are as it’s primarily a business oriented hotel, with midweek rooms priced at £200-300, and weekends just £91 per night in some cases.
We’d recommend it to anyone going to New York, and we want to go back. That’s the biggest compliment we can pay.