Earlier this summer, we had spent a few days in Istanbul and London. During the London portion of our trip, we chose to stay with the Andaz Liverpool Steet (A Hyatt boutique brand). Having Diamond status with Hyatt’s Gold Passport program usually makes staying at a Hyatt property the obvious choice thanks to in-room amenities such as free WIFI, complimentary wine, fruit, cheese plates and late check out ability and bonus Gold Passport points. Additionally Diamond level members receive 4 suite upgrades each year they qualify for Diamond level. Being that this trip was to celebrate my wife’s birthday, having the ability to upgrade to suites in Istanbul and London was an added bonus that helped make a great trip even better.
The Andaz Liverpool Street is located in heart of the London’s Financial district and is within easy walking distance of several London attractions including Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and Old Spitalfield’s Market. The hotel is adjacent to the Liverpool Street Tube Station, so reaching any other part of London is extremely easy. Other major London attractions such as Parliament, Buckingham Palace, St. James’ Park and the Churchill War Museum are all within easy reach.
The hotel is in a renovated Victorian building that dates back to 1884. The Andaz does an excellent job in perserving the historic ambiance of the building while at the same time adding modern touches that help make the Andaz a 5 star hotel. There are obvious signs that you are in a 128 year hold building. The architecture has been beautifully perserved and highlighted demonstrating Andaz’s goal to perserve the property in it’s original form. To that end, Hyatt has done a wonderful job!
There are also obvious signs that demonstrate that Andaz has all the modern amenities expected of a 5 star resort. Rooms are furnished with large flat screen TV’s, in room WIFI connectivity, an impressive Video on Demand system and an Ipod/Ipad docking station.
During our stay, we had upgraded to the “Andaz Large Suite” and were duly impressed as it was one of the largest hotels rooms that we’ve ever had when traveling in Europe. We have stayed in many hotels throughout Europe and for those of you familiar with European hotels, rooms tend to be very functional and by functional I mean small. This was by no means the case with the Andaz’s Large Suite. The Suite was large enough to include a separate office with couch, a large seating area, king size bed and a wonderfully large Bathroom with separate shower and bath. Plenty of room for us and our things!
In summary, we had a wonderful time staying in the Andaz Liverpool Street. The staff was very friendly and helpful and were always available to help and answer questions. A nice touch was them giving us an umbrella on a rainy day. Even though most hotels would probably do this but at the time and circumstance, it was nice of them to provide that added touch of service.
The Andaz Liverpool Street is definitely recommended and on our short list of hotels for future stays in London.
This Trip Report is part of a much larger report that includes our visit to Istanbul and London. Below is a current index of the trip report. The entries that have links indicates that I’ve already posted a trip report on that part of our trip.
Istanbul – Sultan Ahmed (Sultanahmet) Mosque.
Istanbul – The Basilica Cistern.
Istanbul – The Grand Bazaar
Istanbul – The Spice Market
Istanbul – Park Hyatt Macka Palas.
Istanbul – Our Day with Ihsan (besttaxidriver.com).
Istanbul – Hagia Sophia.
Istanbul – Other Mosques and Churches.
Istanbul – I find out what Zultanite is….
Istanbul – The Food We Found.
Istanbul – Turkish Airlines’ International CIP Lounge.
London – Hyatt Andaz Liverpool Street.
London – Opening of Parliament – Great pictures of the Queen and procession to Parliament.
London – ‘The Sunshine Boys’ at the Savoy Theater (Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths)…..BRILLIANT, MUST SEE!
London – Old Spitalfield’s Market – A Gem In The Heart Of London
London – Churchill War Rooms and Churchill Museum.
London – Photos from around town.
London – Dinner at Petrus
London – St. James Park: Feathers and Fur
London – Covent Gardens.
London – All the other things that I can’t think of at the moment….
Pluckley – They said it was haunted……