Suite Spot

by Sandra Ramani

The Andaz 5th Avenue in New York City has always had a collection of suites that were particularly conducive to relaxation—mainly because they were the only ones with oversized standalone bathtubs. During the hotel’s short pandemic closure in 2020, however, the property took the opportunity to chat with past guests about what they are looking for these days and found that wellness—as it related to food, sleep, fitness and connectivity—was top of the list.

Recently, the seven corner “tub suites” became serene new Wellness Suites, following a renovation that added a gorgeous living greenery wall panel, in-room fitness and yoga equipment, a footbath and bench in the oversized shower, a Tibetan singing bowl, a sleep sound machine and amenities like mineral bath salts and a lavender bedtime essential oil. The living room now features The Mirror, a video-on-demand gym service offering workouts in over 50 modalities, from boxing and barre to tai chi, while HeadSpace meditation sessions are available through the Hyatt hotel app. The complimentary mini- bar—replenished daily—is stocked with dark chocolate, a house-made granola bar, collagen peptide powder and coconut oil-cooked organic popcorn (with other healthy items available for an additional charge), and the bedroom features an Airweave mattress—the official bed of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics—designed to properly support the body and encourage airflow.

Before guests arrive, a Wellness Concierge will get in touch to discuss any special requests and will remain on hand to help book spa treatments, arrange access to local classes or source some stylish new workout gear. andaz5thavenue.com

—Sandra Ramani

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