Boutique Beauty

Boutique-Beauty-1Sarah and Michael review the Hyatt’s five-star luxury boutique hotel, Andaz Liverpool Street during their mini-moon in the city of London.

After two years of planning I finally walked down the aisle in June and the day was everything I had hoped for. My husband - I still can’t believe I can now call him that - had been putting up with a total bridezilla for the past few months, so I really wanted to spoil him with the honeymoon; his dream has always been to sail around the Caribbean. However, with the summer months being more prone to hurricanes we decided to put off our trip until later in the year. To tide us over I booked us a surprise mini-moon to London. London is one of our favourite cities in the world; I don’t think there is anywhere else like it. As we stepped off the train at Liverpool Street Station, we bumped into a large group of women who were dressed like adult Victorian dolls.

They were frantically looking for a missing member, who we later found by the escalators and pointed in the right direction. She seemed amazed that we knew who she was looking for! When we finally headed outside, hundreds of brightly coloured roller-bladers whizzed by, closely followed by a traditional marching band. I sighed with contentment - I was back. The total craziness, the feeling that you never know what’s going to happen next and the fact that there’s always something new and exciting going on is what I  love about London Town.

Our five-star boutique hotel hotel was only a stone’s throw from the station, meaning we would be located right in the heart of the City. Bang on the City/East End border, a hop from clubby Shoreditch, a skip from Spitalfields Market and a jump into Liverpool Street Station. Could it get any better than this? An original London railway hotel, Andaz Liverpool Street is housed in a beautiful red-brick Victorian building dating back to 1884. Inside, though, it transforms into a 21st century masterpiece with 267 modern guest rooms and seven restaurants and bars. Andaz combines traditional elegance and luxury with a thoroughly modern sense of style, its grand columned interiors picked out by sharp contemporary furnishings, art and design. It won a prized TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014.

Even checking in is a unique experience. There isn’t a traditional reception desk, but black-clad staff walk around the lobby and check you in by iPad. I sat in the comfort of the minimalist Andaz Lounge, complimentary beverage in hand, mesmerized by the installation art work (think huge white balls floating up and down) while the hubby took care of the practical stuff.

We had bagged an upgrade thanks to Mr. iPad man, so our suite was cool and spacious, with interesting furnishings and lighting scheme. Eames chairs and Jacobsen lamps enhanced the colour palette of black and grey with pops of colour, while the sumptuous bathroom featured a fast-fill tub, separate shower, heated towel rail and an actual proper hairdryer. I loved the addition of cotton yukatas in preference to towelling robes and the numerous free services, such as local calls, wireless internet and healthy mini-bar  - the cold lemonade on a hot day was great - were also appreciated.

As it was late and we were not in the mood to travel far we decided to eat in the hotel.  Decisions, decisions, decisions. We had to choose between British fine dining in London’s highly-reviewed 1901 Restaurant & Wine Bar, authentic Japanese cuisine in Miyako, a brasserie grill menu in Eastway, traditional English pub fare in George or the new Catch Champagne Bar & Lounge.

We settled on the latest addition

Boutique-Beauty-2to London’s social scene, Catch Champagne Bar & Lounge which offers a refreshing new place to meet, relax or party the night away in the heart of the bustling city. As it was a Friday night the place was buzzing. Styled in a seamless blend of traditional and contemporary design, the intimate new lounge bar lends itself as the perfect start or finish to an evening or simply a setting to relax and unwind.  You can indulge in an extensive list of over 70 champagnes and speciality Bellinis with a diverse menu of light bites, sharing platters and signature charcuterie boards served from the bar’s centrepiece vintage Berkel slicer.

I warn you now, do not be deceived by the terms ‘light bite’ and ‘sharing platter’. Thinking it would be tapas style we ordered four sharing platters; it was enough to feed a whole family. Whoops! The food itself was simply delicious and it seemed such a shame to waste it, simply because our eyes were bigger than our stomachs. We managed to find our way back to our room in the early hours and slipped into a happy drunken coma, With very sore heads we headed down for breakfast the next morning to the 1900. It is a fabulous experience, not to be missed.
Set in what was once the Great Eastern Hotel’s original ballroom, you can order à la carte or dive into the extensive buffet. Staff are very solicitous and catered to each of my other half’s very particular needs. After a hearty meal we were off to discover the joys of this magical city.

Our lasting impressions of Andaz Liverpool Street? Global in scale while local in perspective, Andaz delivers an innovative hospitality experience, blending personal preferences with attentive and uncomplicated service. This unique collection of hotels reflects the personality of each locale and is dedicated to creating natural and vibrant living spaces where travellers can indulge in their own personal sense of comfort and style. No request was too much, from asking for directions or a reservation confirmation for dinner. The hotel is as unique and as exciting as the city in which it’s situated.

Andaz Liverpool Street

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