Ape, Actually at The Andaz Liverpool Street in London This Christmastime
The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!
Well, now, THIS is different. Andaz Liverpool Street in London just unveiled a giant golden "Santa Gorilla" in their front window, along with a barrel of gold 3D-printed monkeys that cascade down the lobby's rotunda with mistletoe in their hands.
The "Andaz Goes Ape" display was designed by Bobby Patmore from Inspitalfields and Ravensbourne College on behalf of Andaz and the Old Spitalfields shopping market in town.
But the ape theme doesn't just stop at the window display. Each evening in the Andaz lounge, guests can enjoy mini-banana bread loaves, banana chips, monkey nuts and mulled wine. Mini-tasters from the hotel restaurant's Christmas menus will also be on offer including quince chutney, pistachio purée, mulled wine jelly, turkey, stuffing & cranberry terrine and Butternut squash soup with spiced maple syrup.
The hotel has even created two Monkey-themed cocktailspriced at £10 each. “Monkey Business”, made for the ladies, is a fruity blend of Cruzan Rum, Crème de Banane, cranberry juice, apple juice and elderflower cordial. For the men, “Maker’s Monkey” serves up Maker’s Mark, Drambuie, Banana liqueur and dark chocolate liqueur. But of course, these drinks can be interchanged amongst the sexes. (Or so we hope!)
Lastly, the hotel is offering running a "Andaz Goes Ape" contest where folks who snap their photo with the gorilla and hashtag it #andazgoesape will be entered to win an overnight weekend stay at the hotel with breakfast, along with £150 worth of Market Vouchers at Old Spitalfields and a £100 to spend with a personal shopper at Inspitafields.
Didn't win the contest? Tis ok. The hotel has rates available from £324 including VAT per night on weekdays (Sunday to Thursday night) and £174 including VAT per night on weekends (Friday & Saturday) in an Andaz Queen room. Room rates include complimentary Wi-Fi, non-alcoholic minibar and local landline phone calls. Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la la.
[Photo: Andaz Liverpool Street London]