Lodge ranking: Andaz London Liverpool Avenue in London
City breaks abroad may be off-limits this summer, so why not take a city break in London? If you’re looking for a mix of traditional and modern in one place, Andaz London Liverpool Street is the perfect mix.
This 5-star boutique hotel in a prime location is a hidden gem among the Royal Class II buildings along Liverpool Street. When you step into the Andaz Lounge, you are immediately transported to an artist’s paradise, whose modern interpretation of the ornate, traditional Victorian train station is reminiscent of a saloon car.
From the dramatic dark walls and light velvet furniture to the somber graffiti murals and artwork by the Royal College of Art’s Le Gun group of artists, the Andaz Lounge successfully reflects the creative energy of the East End.
The Andaz Lounge successfully reflects the creative energy of the East End
Another design feature is the front desk and concierge desk with rivets and metal straps that look like vintage travel suitcases. Here I was warmly welcomed by friendly staff and a free glass of Prosecco before being shown around the hotel.
Steeped in history, Andaz Lounge is located in one of London’s original railroad hotels next to Liverpool Street Station. On the first floor is the ballroom from 1901 and the city’s only original Masonic Temple, built in 1912 and hidden in the depths of the hotel. On the ground floor there is an in-house health club, steam room and in-room spa facilities for when you want to relax and recharge your batteries. Once the prestigious Great Eastern Hotel before it became part of the Hyatt portfolio, the juxtaposition of tradition and trend forms a perfect Instagram backdrop.
The hotel offers a selection of spacious rooms and suites
The hotel has 267 spacious modern guest rooms, including 15 spacious suites designed by British designer Sir Terence Conran with an East London flair. The fifth floor was my home for the night; the Andaz suite. When the door opened to a spacious lounge area, the interior was modern, whimsical and a little masculine, with black wall elements, gray tones and high-quality parquet.
The built-in wardrobes were cleverly camouflaged in the black wall, and there was an eye-catching wooden desk, high-backed armchairs with a coffee table, and a neutral sofa. The main feature was perhaps the huge “spotlight” lamp in the corner, which not only provided bright, warm light in a somewhat dark room, but was also an eye-catcher.
The king size bed was cozy yet stylish with a tan leather frame and a headboard that also made reference to the quirky East London style, such as the use of the tattoo art on the bed headboards that represents the silk weavers who once did the Shoreditch’s textile industries dominated. If you want to relax while watching your favorite movies, you can’t miss the 55-inch wall-mounted smart TV right across the street.
Elegant bathrooms offer guests the opportunity to refresh and relax in style
In contrast to the room, the modern, monochrome bathroom was bright and light, and was outfitted with luxurious yukata robes and toiletries from British skin care brand REN. The suite also has a practical café area with a Nespresso coffee machine, a free bottle of wine and a minibar.
While the dark walls took some getting used to, the clever lighting provided a cozy warmth that compensated for the lack of natural light in the suite (it only had a small window). The recessed ceiling lighting throughout the room and the drop ball tags on either side of the double bed were a great design feature. There was even another lightbulb next to the door to give that extra lighting.
For those looking for a unique, luxurious experience with the feel of the creative East End this truly is it.
The bright red walls and opulent velvet furnishings of Rake’s Café Bar
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to culinary delights. The Andaz Lounge is home to five renowned restaurants and stylish bars. These include Rake’s Café Bar, 1901 Wine Lounge, Eastway Brasserie, Miyako, and Lady Abercorn’s Pub and Kitchen. Each restaurant has its own style and menu to suit your needs.
From the bright red walls and opulent velvet furniture of Rake’s Café Bar to the minimalism of the intimate Japanese restaurant Miyako, this is where I decided to have dinner and try the authentic menu. I opted for pork belly, fresh ginger and glazed soy with white rice, lettuce and miso soup. All the ingredients were fresh and delicious. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a break, this is the ideal quiet place to enjoy delicious Japanese cuisine.
Vibrant Shoreditch is known for its creativity, designer shops and craft cafes. Not far from the famous Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market, you can stroll to the many boutiques, discover graffiti art or have a bite to eat in the countless restaurants and pubs. With Liverpool Street Station just a stone’s throw away, you can hop on the Tube into central London in minutes for a shopping spree.
In a nutshell
The hotel offers a mix of tradition and trendy urban chic
Andaz London Liverpool Street is the perfect luxury getaway that is a mix of tradition and trendy urban chic. The artistic interior and the design-oriented restaurants give you the feeling of being transferred to a different destination. In a prime location, you are never far from the famous sights of the City of London.
Prices at Andaz London Liverpool Street start at £ 169 for a night in a queen room. All guest rooms are available for check-in at 2 p.m. and check-out by 12 p.m. For every night you stay at the hotel, you will receive £ 100 credit that can be redeemed in bars and restaurants as well as for in-room treatments.
Address: 40 Liverpool Street, London, UK, EC2M 7QN
Phone: +44 207 961 1234
Photo courtesy Andaz London Liverpool Street.