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The Andaz Liverpool Street London
April 5, 2013, 10:26 pm
Filed under: Andaz, hotels, Hyatt, London, reviews | Tags: , , , ,

The Andaz Liverpool Street London is an enigma.  And its many hallways hide a secret.  For the unveiling of the secret, you may scroll to the final paragraph now.  But first about the enigma.

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The Andaz is Hyatt’s  collection of mod, boutique hotels where guests will find no stodgy check-in desks, where social spaces mesh seamlessly one into another, where hosts welcome guests on iPads, and where guests can help themselves without charge to an enticing spectrum of beverages and hors d’œuvre and wine to welcome the evening.  For all its modernity and fresh, contemporary vibe, the Andaz Liverpool Street (Hyatt’s first Andaz) is housed in a magnificent redbrick Victorian building dating back to 1884.  In fact, before Hyatt purchased the building in 2008, it once housed the Great Eastern Hotel, one of the original London railway hotels.  The confluence of modernity and history, of mod lighting and chandeliers, and of technology and tradition, is part of what makes a stay at the Andaz Liverpool London so special.

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The top-notch service is another reason.  The draping of soft bath towels over heated towel bars in the bathroom is a perfect example of the hotel’s service level.  The bewildering array of complimentary in-room beverages from carbonated and still Llanllyr water, Breckland Orchard fruit-flavored refreshments, Schweppes lemonades, Coke, Diet Coke,tea from The East India Company, and more, is another.  Toiletries are from London’s Plantation.  The guestroom has everything that even the most fussy guest would want, and more.

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For all its impressive amenities, the gym was disappointing.  While it is spacious, the variety of equipment is limited.  Multi-function stations (and the gym has just one) simply do not provide the same precision and adequacy of training that purpose-built dedicated stations do.  And for a property of such caliber, one would expect a more well-equipped gym.  This is an area I hope the hotel management can improve on.

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And now for the secret.  During renovations of the Great Eastern Hotel in 1990, workers came across a false wall.  When the false wall was demolished, a hidden Masonic Temple revealed itself–marble flooring, mahogany walls, leather thrones, and all.  Urban legends surrounding this Masonic Temple abound.  The most disturbing perhaps is that as the neighborhood was thought to be one of Jack the Ripper’s haunts, and as the notorious serial killer was thought to be a Mason, he may have socialized in the temple.  Today, the Andaz Liverpool Street makes the room available for events rental.  Ask an Andaz host, and if they are not too busy, you might just be given a private tour.

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