I know this isn’t the type of thing that will impact a huge number of folks, but I was excited about it so wanted to share. If you have suite upgrade certificates to use that you earned via having Diamond status with Hyatt, by having just Platinum status and getting their Chase co-branded credit card, or using extra points to confirm a suite then according to this Flyertalk thread you can now use those to confirm yourself into a much nicer suite at the Andaz Fifth Avenue.
We stayed there with our daughter in December 2012 and had a fantastic stay, but spent a hefty amount per night out of pocket to confirm an upgrade to the Splash Suite. Previously an upgrade using a certificate or similar would just get you into the Andaz Suite which rang in at about 519 square feet and has no swanky bathtub. I have not stayed in the Andaz suite yet, but View From the Wing and Weekly Flyer have. It looks more than fine if I were traveling alone, or just with my husband, but with my daughter I wanted the extra space and (especially) the bathtub that come with the Splash Suite.
The Splash Suite rings in at about 787 square feet and has a bathtub so big it is like a pool for s small kid! If you have had the “fortune” of plunking a toddler in a shower, you know why bathtubs are far preferable. As a family who likes to travel to NYC, I am very happy to read some reports that you can now use an upgrade to be confirmed into the Splash Suite at the Andaz Fifth Avenue without having to pray for a minor upgrade miracle or spend extra cash to do so. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it stays that way and we can do the same on a future visit to the Big Apple.