Escape to… Andaz, Liverpool Street

    This luxury hotel is situated right next to bustling Liverpool Station, but is a haven for a tranquil, stylish London stay

    Waking up in one of Andaz‘s comfortable, luxurious rooms you’d have no idea that one of London’s busiest railway stations and shopping districts was just metres away. The hotel’s colourful and modern confines are a welcome retreat after a day shopping in nearby historic Spitalfield’s Market, or perhaps exploring some of the city’s many museums and landmarks.

    Built on the site of England’s first hospital for the mentally ill, Bethlehem Hospital, which first opened in 1247, the current Grade II listed beautiful Victorian building was originally built as the Great Eastern Hotel in 1884. Indeed, The Great Eastern is where vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing stays during his first visit to London in Bram Stoker’s Gothic fiction horror novel Dracula.

    However, although the hotel is submerged in iconic London history, Andaz plays tribute to its iconic past, but makes sure to look to the future, with fresh, vibrant and colourful interiors that nod to East London’s famous creative scene.

    The hotel’s colourful entrance hall is an immediate example of this; adorned with modern and vibrant art by local artists Le Gun and a famous local graffiti artist Otto Schade, you’ll also spot plush velvet seats that are reminiscent of old-fashioned train cars, and rivets in the front desk, like vintage travel trunks.

    The hotel has 267 rooms to choose from, all spacious and design-led and featuring enormous, and incredibly comfortable beds to sink into after a long-day exploring. There are also three fabulous suites on offer, including the extravagant 80 square metre Andaz Design Suite, by acclaimed British designer Sir Terence Conran and reflecting, again, East London’s vibrant creative culture.

    To match the hotel’s 5-star opulence, guests also have as many as five choices of where to drink and dine within the hotel itself.

    Choose from the Japanese Miyako restaurant, serving traditional Japanese cuisine in an intimate social setting, the lively and cosy Lady Abercorn’s Pub and Kitchen, the relaxed Eastway Brasserie, Rake’s Café and Bar serving coffee in the day and cocktails by night alongside a tempting menu of bar snacks and comfort food, or the 1901 Bar Lounge where you can enjoy a sophisticated drink with friends, or a decadent afternoon tea.

    With such comfortable rooms, friendly staff, and even a wine hour offering complimentary wine to guests in the lobby in the early evening, its hard to want to leave the hotel’s comforting confines, but all of London is right on your doorstep, waiting to be explored.

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