Andaz Wall Street
In lieu of a conventional check-in desk at the tech-savvy, Rockwell Group–designed Andaz, a host greets you in the lobby, offers you a seat and a glass of wine, and enters your name into an e-tablet that looks something like an iPad. After swiping your credit card and producing a key card, the host escorts you to your room—which features at least 345 square feet of crisply designed space, 10-foot ceilings, and dark stained-oak floors. The 253 guest rooms have seven-foot-high windows, which means that the bleached-wood interiors (some complete with soaking tubs) are flooded with natural light. And at Bar Seven Five, located at the top of an undulating staircase, a bartender will prepare Manhattans tableside from a Pullman-style caddy.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.