I’m a thirty-something high end traveler, spending my time between the US, Europe, and the Middle and Far East.
I started out was skeptical of the Andaz Hotel. I mean, who's ever heard of Andaz, what will people say, will they whisper strange things about me? I didn't really want to like it - I'm a hotel snob, I can afford better, I'm used to better, all my snobbish affronts said "no, no, no", but the location was perfect and I didn't want to blow serious cash on a hotel. My "entertainment budget" could feed a village of starving children for a week, or subdue their appetite otherwise, so I decided to pull in the reins on the hotel.
At first glance I liked it – the hotel is located in a beautiful historic building with an exterior to match, the interior is minimalistic cool, and befitting the vibe of the Shoreditch/ Hoxton neighbourhood. As well, rooms were large and offered me real space to move around, not like a central London shoebox. The pub downstairs has a nice vibe to it as well - good for a morning beer, if you’re into that sort of stuff. The staff seem to really care about what they’re doing and enjoy working there – it makes a difference.
But, it’s important to remember this is a $200-300/night hotel, not the Sanderson, Andaz cool is cool, but in kind of a limited cool way, like junior-cool. Maybe it’s cool if you’re the type of person to wear corduroys trousers or khaki dockers when you want to cut loose on the weekend, but otherwise it’s nice, but not quite there. The furnishings are ok, but a bit worn and the TV, in my room at least, was a small flatscreen attached to the wall with a metal swing arm and really sub-standard (perhaps they had to do this because the room was so large that attaching it to the wall opposite the bed would have made it too far from the bed for comfortable viewing). The bathroom was, well, just a bathroom. No spa shower, no Jacuzzi, no his and her bidets, no little toiletries which hold my attention for hours as I try to figure out what they are to be used for.
Overall though, good for you Andaz Hotel, or whoever/ whatever you are (there seemed to be mixed branding from the previous ownership?). You executed well on the offering and provide a strong mid-level hotel experience at a low mid-level price.
Would I return? If I was travelling alone, most definitely, however if was looking for a weekend getaway with the girl friend and we really wanted to indulge the inner hipster, I'd probably go upscale, but that's just me. I think a lot of people would be very happy to spend a few nights at the Andaz, as I was during my last visit - well done.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Uncover the first of Hyatt's Andaz brand, and redefine your personal style at Andaz Liverpool Street. Located in the heart of the city, this London 5-star luxury hotel provides the perfect location for both business and leisure. One of the original London railway hotels, formerly opened as the Great Eastern, the Andaz is housed in a beautiful redbrick Victorian building dating back to 1884. Once inside, it transforms into a 21st century masterpiece, with 267 beautifully appointed modern guest rooms. Walking through the doors of the only Liverpool Street hotel, you are immediately greeted by an Andaz Host and invited to relax in the Andaz Lounge. Sip a complimentary beverage while the check-in comes to you via handheld iPads. Internet access, local landline phone calls and non-alcoholic mini-bar are provided complimentary for all our guests throughout their stay. Andaz Liverpool Street is included in 2013's Conde Nast Traveller Gold List. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel London
- Hyatt London