It was a warm Saturday night when I arrived in London, UK after a 6 hour 55-minute flight aboard Virgin Atlantic airlines’ older Airbus A340 jet. I have stayed at the Andaz earlier in the year and was looking forward to this stay. The location is very strategic and the staff has always been extremely friendly and welcoming. This time was no different.
Check-in was a breeze and they had my suite (upgraded via a Diamond Suite Upgrade award) ready. It was located on the 3rd floor facing the front of the hotel, thus overlooking the shopping arcade across the street and a relatively quiet side of the hotel. They know my preference for quieter rooms. Well done in noting that preference from my earlier stay.
A couple of pictures of the Andaz Suite.
The bed was comfy and I slept like a log during my stay here.
Compared to the Andaz Large Suite, this unit has a separate entertaining area which is separated from the rest of the suite. It’s a novel idea to separate the visitors from the sleeping area but there’s literally just a coffee maker and some magazines in there. No TV. I tried to rotate the TV from the room to point into the sitting area but alas, it doesn’t reach. Oh well, it was still a good evening having a pint with a colleague in there.
Note that Andaz is one of the few brands in the Hyatt stable of hotels that includes complimentary snacks and drinks in the rooms. The regular Hyatts do not provide such things, not even soda (experience from Hyatt Place and Hyatt Olive 8 Seattle).
The hotel has a selection of eateries
- 1901 Restaurant which is right outside where breakfast is served in the morning. Diamond members are entitled to complimentary breakfast.
- Eastway Brasserie
- 1901 Wine Bar
- George Pub
- Catch bar and lounge
I had the privilege to dine at Eastway on my arrival and breakfast at 1901. Food at Eastway was good. Actually it was very good. Highly recommended if you’re staying at the Andaz and need a place to eat close by in a pinch. It’s the East End, so there are plenty of other places to eat that lets you enjoy more of what London has to offer but it’s just a preference of mine to not eat at hotel restaurants if I can help it. Breakfast was had at 1901. Nice buffet spread of your typical English breakfast mixed in with some continental flair. The food is excellent here as well. Due to jet lag, I usually awake early and it’s nice to have breakfast here while meeting up with colleagues to start the day.
Overall I would definitely recommend the Andaz Liverpool Street should you visit London, and the rates are not that much more than any other big chain hotels around the area.