It’s hard to miss the grandeur of the Andaz while walking to Liverpool Street Station. The Grade II-listed, Victorian brick facade bellows beauty as it sits juxtaposed next to the hustle and bustle of the City of London.
Built on the former site of the Bethlehem Royal Hospital for the mentally ill, the first version of the hotel – the Great Eastern Hotel – was built in 1884. Fun fact: The Great Eastern is where Van Helsing stays during his first visit to London in the novel Dracula. Nowadays, a contemporary haven for city dwellers to rest and revive, the five-star hotel is a fantastic option if you’re looking for modern luxury.
If pop culture created a luxury hotel, the Andaz London Liverpool Street would be just that. Taking inspiration from its hipster neighbour Shoreditch, the City hotel is awash with colour murals and fresh style, but still remains regal and refined with its original elegant tall ceilings, large rooms and glorious staircases. With views perfect for people watching without the noise, we couldn’t wait to settle in for the night.
After checking in and receiving a warm welcome with a glass of prosecco we were pointed towards the lift with a door key in-hand.
A quick ride in the lift and along the endless ever-so-quiet corridor, we made our way to the large room where we would be staying. Spacious and modern, the pale grey colour palette continued but now with the occasional black and white mural in the style of a tattoo on each wall.
The calmer interior also paid homage to people and brands of east London. Books and framed pictures of the area’s heroes adored the shelves. What’s more, the fridge is full of complementary local produce for you to tuck into while you put your feet up. The connection can at times feel a little forced but it’s a lovely touch to learn more about the area.
The bathroom is large and bright and, taking full advantage of the Ren products on offer, a hot bubble bath was drawn before bed. Talking of which, the super king felt like sleeping on a cloud. We had a peaceful night’s sleep and felt like a Borrower in a giant ‘human bean’s’ bed. Despite being in the heart of the City, the triple-glazed windows kept the noise out and we woke feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.
While checking into the hotel, we were informed that between the hours of six and seven every evening the hotel invites guests to enjoy complimentary drinks in the lounge.
Adjacent to the lobby and glitzy gold bar, the Andaz has a clashing selection of bright velvet sofas, marble tables and soft lamps. Framed by graffiti-style markings and patterns sprayed across the grey panelled walls, this area is called The Lounge. Whether you’re alone or with company, you can slump into a chair, sip on a glass of wine and nibble on small appetisers before dinner. A great way to relax in a fun area – a great touch.
While staying at the Andaz, we decided to dine at one of the hotel’s five food and beverage outlets. The Eastway Brasserie is just next door and is either a 30-second stroll outside or a short walk through the hotel and down the grand staircase.
The contemporary European outlet was very elegant and, after a few cautious months over the Christmas period, we were excited to sit down in a restaurant and feel very safe. The restaurant was light and airy and, despite a busy open kitchen, felt really relaxed.
Naively, we ordered starters and mains; however, a starter between us would’ve been sufficient. We ordered the burrata which was simple and tasty, as well as the chicken Caesar salad, which was, unfortunately, a little dry.
The mains, however, were great. We ordered the duck and the steak and both were delicious. The duck was succulent and rich, and paired well with a glass of rioja.
Feeling incredibly full we headed back to the hotel room. And, with just enough energy, we climbed into bed and into a deep sleep.
The Andaz London Liverpool Street hotel is also a hub for events, exhibitions and social activities.
The latest event series at the hotel, Creative in Residence, is a must. This month, photographer Stefan Sieler’s will exhibit his first solo exhibition Moments of Being, inspired by the hotel and showing in the historic 1901 Ballroom, from February 14-20. What’s more, Hoxton Radio has taken up permanent residency there, too.
To see the latest events, head to andazlondonliverpoolstreet.com