Andaz Wall Street: A City Asleep

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When you think Wall Street, you think Gordon Gecko. I always wanted to work on Wall Street but that 19/100 in Calculus 115 forced me to become an economics major at the University of Michigan instead of a Ross School of Business man. Out of spite and inadequacy, I did an MBA, hoping that all roads would lead to Wall Street. They did not.

Instead, I had to use my blog to announce my triumphant entrance to the capital of the finance world. I did so by booking one night at the Andaz Wall Street.

The Location

Centrally located at 75 Wall Street, the Andaz is just the spot to plot your next corporate takeover. Actually, if you are not in NY on business, I would not recommend staying in the Financial District. Come closing bell, there is nothing to do. That Petula Clark is full of shit man.

The Andaz Brand
I’ve stayed at a few Andaz hotels, most notably the Andaz Shanghai and the Andaz Napa. I have written before that the Andaz is what the W Hotel aspires to be. Its trendy without being Ikea. The Andaz Wall Street was more subdued. It felt more like a Park Hyatt without the refinement.


The Room

The room reminded me of a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode where Michael J Fox stomped all over the apartment annoying Mr. David. In this room, no matter where I stepped, it sounded like I was walking on plastic bags. There’s something up with the floor making a noise.

Besides the weird noise, the room was fine. The bed was nice and it was large compared to many NY hotel rooms. The TV needs to be upgraded.

The Bath

The front desk told me that I was upgraded to a room with a deluxe bathtub, something that I rarely use. Unless my St. Regis butler is making me a bubble bath, I will pass. There’s also a question of cleanliness if it is a hot tub.

The Shower

Like the Park Hyatt NYC, the Andaz has a great mirror in the shower, perfect for giving yourself a pep talk before heading to Chase to close that big corporate deal i.e., beg to be approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve.



Breakfast

Sorry everyone, I woke up at 11AM, 30 minutes after breakfast cut off. I imagine the eggs would have been good.

Overall
I stayed at the Andaz Wall Street because it was the cheapest Hyatt available the night before my flight to Hong Kong. I needed Hyatt Stays to requalify for Diamond so I rationalized staying here. It’s a nice hotel but rather pointless unless you need to be in FiDi for work.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Great curb episode, can’t wait until it comes back. At a holiday party last night – too many jamo shots – feel free to cut a brother off when you detect drunk creep comments next time.

  2. This hotel is great with a great design, but in my opinion not as exciting as the new Beekman hotel a few blocks further. And actually Wall St has a lot happening past 5PM or on weekends, you must have missed a lot during your stay (or maybe it was not on a weekend). Though I must admit most of the action is closer to Broadway and the new Oculus with tons and tons of stores (mid- to high-end). Make sure to visit Augustine and the Beaubourg restaurants, Eataly and in the summer Stone St and the Brookfield place marina are hot spots.

  3. Carles is right. Let’s not forget the recently named ‘best bar in the world’ The Dead Rabbit a couple of blocks from the Andaz, and Bloomberg recently called FiDi the best dining neighborhood in the country too. Could try crashing some upscale Xmas parties at Cipriano’s nearby as well!

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