Thanks to locally sourced materials such as reclaimed brick used in the public areas and FSC-certified woods for paneling and cabinetry, New York City’s Andaz 5th Avenue offers up a warmth and intimacy that welcomes one and all, while still paying homage to the city’s luxe, century-old apartment residences.
This LEED Silver-certified property boasts a sophisticated building management system, which primarily
monitors the lighting and HVAC systems of the hotel. In the public areas, it maintains adequate light levels throughout the day based on outdoor conditions. Food recycling and composting facilities, as well as water-saving fixtures, also add to the rating.
In the guestrooms, the lighting and energy management system provided by Inncom allows for guest control of the lighting and air conditioning, and allows the house to operate the systems efficiently when the rooms are not rented. This leads to better use of energy resources during operations and also provides the house with overall energy savings.
In addition to its sustainable attributes, the
building has a storied history; it was actually the
largest and the last of the Rogers, Peet & Co.
department stores, and later became the Tommy Hilfiger global headquarters. That lineage is well
represented here—floor-to-ceiling windows allow
for natural light and exposed pipe ceilings recall
industrial New York. Factory sash windows similarly nod to the city’s pre-war apartments and factories, while providing unrestricted views of area icons,
such as the Empire State Building and the New York Public Library.
But it’s the Andaz’ tailored sense of hospitality that truly sets it apart. Barriers between guests and employees have been torn down, as there is no check-in desk. A host checks in guests at their own pace; complimentary wi-fi is provided throughout the hotel, as well as calls to local area codes. Mini-bars are free of charge.
Materials are not the only thing “locally sourced.” The 38-seat restaurant offers ingredients sourced
from New York state farms and local purveyors. The downstairs bar features an open kitchen, further
blostering the Andaz’ welcoming nature. Two oversized, 14-foot claro walnut wood slabs serve as the bars. The bar space has an open ceiling of exposed beams and fixtures, and a warm brick wall from a 1790 rural Connecticut farmhouse lines the entrance and basement walls.