February 22, 2024

Andaz Liverpool Street, London 

THE HOTEL

This Grade II listed five-star ‘lifestyle’ hotel is right next door to London Liverpool Street station, providing great connections for tube, rail and the Elizabeth line. Part of the Boundless Collection by Hyatt, the property features 267 spacious and modern guest rooms, including 15 suites. It originally opened as The Great Eastern Hotel in 1884 and launched as the first Andaz in 2007, with the most recent refurbishments happening in 2018. 

THE CHECK-IN

Guests enter through enormous automatic revolving doors into a stunning reception area that is full of colour, featuring local art. I was warmly welcomed by the young team on reception and offered a drink before they took me through the check-in process. I had already got a booking for Rake’s Café bar in the evening and the team recommended I try the Eastway Brasserie for breakfast the following morning. They highlighted the weekend timings for the restaurants and facilities and pointed out the locations. They gave me a couple of keys, which I would need for both the lifts and different access doors, so I felt immediately safe as a female traveller.

THE ROOM

My kingsize deluxe room (328) was a spacious 33sqm with a dead bolt fitted to the door. Double aspect windows added plenty of light and there was a good sized desk and a seating area. I was welcomed with a delicious fresh lemon dessert and a complimentary mini-bar included vegan ‘roast beef crisps’, strawberry cookies and a fridge with non-alcoholic drinks, plus a Nespresso coffee maker and pods along with a selection of teas. The bathrooms either have a walk-in shower or fast-fill bath tub. Mine was the latter and was well stocked with large pumps of T-London luxury amenities and plenty of fluffy towels. It was easy to access the complimentary Wi-Fi and catch up on some news on the 55’’ TV with mirroring capabilities, plus there were numerous USB sockets and international sockets and more than ample wardrobe space.

THE FACILITIES

The hotel offers 24-hour check-in along with a digital option and has five onsite restaurants and bars; classic gastronomy in Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen, Miyako an intimate Japanese restaurant, modern European in Rake’s Café Bar, 1901 Wine Lounge which also offers afternoon tea and Eastway Brasserie featuring British Classics. The hotel also has a well-appointed health club with modern cardio machines, boxing bags, free weights and core stability equipment and even the option of personal training sessions. I enjoyed a memorable cocktail and calamari with saffron aioli and chilli gremolata in Rake’s Café Bar, which was busy with an after-work city vibe. The next morning in the very relaxed Eastway Brasserie I enjoyed some lovely fresh fruit and yogurt and delicious smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.

FOR BUSINESS

When it comes to meetings, the star is the Grade II listed 1901 Ballroom which offers a stunning setting for a variety of events. The hotel also has a Masonic temple in the basement, available for private hire. There is quite a selection of other meetings spaces for corporate meetings and events, some of which are self-contained with their own refreshment areas. The spaces boast lots of natural light and there are some smaller break-out spaces too, all of which feature plasma screens and Nespresso coffee and tea stations.

THE VERDICT

This five-star luxury hotel offers excellent service levels but still manages to feel relaxed and welcoming. With such stylish, Instagrammable interiors, the Andaz Liverpool Street is clearly popular with younger, trendy travellers, as well as being appreciated by older Gen X (like me!). This is a great choice for business travellers who want a well-connected place to stay on the edge of the City of London, with great facilities and choices of restaurants for business meetings.

THE DETAILS

King Deluxe rooms start at £429 a night. hyatt.com/andaz/longe-andaz-london-liverpool-street. Enquiries direct to jihane.elkanabi@andaz.com.

Kirsty Hicks

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