The Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel could not be in a more convenient place for commuters and business travellers, adjacent to the great train station. This hotel is not just for work focused guests however; the accommodation is smart, trendy and luxurious, a lovely venue to spend the weekend, certainly not just a place to rest your head.
On a very soggy Friday night I was delighted to step inside the warm and welcoming entrance lounge of the Andaz, to be greeted immediately by friendly staff. We were offered wine and invited to sit in the smart waiting area. The hotel has an intriguing and interesting history dating back to 1884 as one of the original London railway hotels. Formerly the Great Eastern Hotel, this beautiful Victorian redbrick building has a feel of timeless elegance and hidden secrets.
Although classed as boutique, this five-star hotel feels enormous inside; with high ceilings and clever ultramodern design, it is spacious and airy. There are numerous meeting rooms for businesses to use during the day and five restaurants on site connected by street entrances. The Andaz Health Club offers a retreat from the buzz of the city. Guests can enjoy 24 hour complimentary use of the advanced gym equipment and steam room, with massage and beauty treatment bookings also available.
Our room was gorgeous – decorated in sultry black and red, it had a very glamorous edge. With a large living area and huge bedroom, the floor space would have been sufficient for a small yoga class. Every detail has carefully been designed to offer guests maximum indulgence. The Andaz rooms indicate the hotel’s obvious interest in art and design – with quirky furniture and attractive artwork adorning the wall, it is luxury with a creative twist. The bedroom was heavenly, a king-size bed standing regally against the wall topped with a plush duvet and endless plump pillows. Current fashion and architecture magazines were included at the bedside for edification and entertainment.
The bathroom was glorious, a sparkling fast-fill bathtub and power shower and a heated towel rail with endless thick cotton towels and Yukata robes. Plentiful REN toiletries and eco-friendly flushing toilets and large mirrors make this bathroom functional as well as lavish. The endless amenities in our room got lots of use the next morning. A state-of-the-art Nespresso machine and fully adaptable work desk filled with stationery were my favourite extras. We had two huge TVs one by the bed and another in the living area. There is everything you need for a weekend, you need not even leave your room.
It was a real treat to be allowed to use the minibar for free… everything but the alcohol is complimentary for guests, an unusually kind gesture that we made full use of. Mini macaroons and lemon posset were also arranged on the desk, ideal before bed snackettes.
Breakfast in 1901 restaurant downstairs is a banquet of continental and cooked dishes. We were slightly overexcited by the feast and loaded our plates high with appealing crispy bacon, toast, croissants, fruit, cheese amongst other things. The breakfast is made with high quality ingredients and tasted fresh and healthy. We left energised and refreshed and spent a lovely morning wandering down Brick Lane and Columbia Road visiting the independent shops and cute cafes.
A boutique business hotel with style and flair seems like a real impossibility, the Andaz Liverpool Street has accomplished it all. I was impressed and I think you will be too.
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