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One of the reasons we’ve always liked London’s Andaz Liverpool Street is that, despite it being a largely business hotel in the City of London, it’s always pushed the envelope with art projects, fashion things, Readers in Residence and so on. Another reason we’ve always liked Andaz Liverpool street is that, despite its business-ness, it’s always given a shout out to its East London roots.
So now we love it even more with the launch of Room With A View: a year-long series of “East London street art rooms” – basically, four rooms hand-painted by East London street artists.
The project starts with The Pearly Room by Chris Price: a black and white riot of pearly kings and queens amongst the spires of Shoreditch.
The Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel is London is on the cusp of releasing a new smartphone app that strictly handles your room service orders.
With the Ordering App, you can select not just what you want to nosh on but also specific delivery times. Best of all, you can use this app when you're not in your hotel room but you want room service ordered upon your return. No, it's not ground-breaking app technology (we've seen the room service function on the Four Seasons LA app and the Upper House in Hong Kong's app) but it does make your hotel stay a lot easier.
The Ordering App will be released within the month to the iTunes store and we suspect the Android store too. Rates at the Andaz start at around $330 a night on weekends in May.
[Photo: Andaz Liverpool Street]
Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for – and find a lot of – wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.
Every time we catch up with London's Andaz Liverpool Street to see what’s happening, we are blown away by their lust for life, creative spirit, and shear marketing genius. They have done it again with their latest artistic endeavor, an interactive art exhibit courtesy of Andaz and masters of the bubbly, Veuve Clicquot. This is just so way out and wonderful that we feel we must include it in our Funky Friday segment.
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The interior of the Andaz Hotel London
Visitors to London with a taste for langoustines and other ocean fare will do well to take advantage of the Andaz hotel's October series of seafood workshops, put on in conjunction with the London Restaurant Festival. Per London Hotel insight, Martin Scholz, Head Chef of the Andaz' Catch restaurant, will teach participants "how to spot a good catch, how to shop and eat sustainably and how to make the most out of their favourite seafood."
Imagine this, only wiv drag queens and stuff in it. Awesome.
From May 8, once a month in posh restaurant 1901 restaurant there’ll be a themed “riotous night of theatrical folly” hosted by Jonny Woo and Bistrotheque. As you eat your (three course) dinner you’ll get entertained with performances, fancy dress and “outrageous party games” aiming to “seduce, shock and have guests in stitches.”
First it was the unadulterated success of Damian Barr as Reader in Residence. Then it was Lady GaGa’s fabby photoshoot in the Masonic Temple. This week we like Andaz London because they’re going all ethical by launching a Fair Trade cocktail in the cocktail bar at the 1901 restaurant.
The £9 cocktail is called Divine Oblivion and is not only pumped full of fair trade vodka, but is also full of fair trade chocolate and sugar. And in case you wanted a talking point for your cocktail, know this: the fair trade vodka is made from quinoa from Bolivia. How good is that?
Booze, chocolate and some ready-made date talk – something tells us they’re onto a winning combination there. Tenners at the ready.
Ps: We're gutted to hear that Damian lost out on the Arts & Business Innovation prize. Which means we're looking at these babies as consolation drinks.
Our first thought when we saw these pictures from Lady Gaga’s latest photoshoot: ah, the rapier wit strikes again.
But when we looked beyond the blinding symbolism of a Hello Kitty chastity belt covering her bitsies, we spied something rather familiar. “Why, isn’t that the underground Masonic Temple in the bowels of Andaz London?” we asked ourselves.
So we asked the folk at Andaz. And yes, it is.
The prize rewards “unique projects that expose brands to new markets, deepen audience engagement and develop new audiences”. Well it’s definitely done that – the London social scene doesn’t exactly revolve around hotels but R-in-R Damian Barr definitely pulled in the trendies for his open book sessions. In fact, he’s done so well with that and a Literary Salon that he runs at Soho House that he’s now starting up his own country retreat reading holidays.
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In this regular feature on HotelChatter, we choose a hotel and take a look at what other businesses or buildings are on its block. Because what's close by is nearly just as important as what's inside the hotel.
The official blurb says that:
Located adjacent to Liverpool Street Station, the hotel provides easy access to areas both in and around London, with good connections to the Eurostar terminal and all major airports, including a direct connection on the Stansted Express to Stansted airport.
The main attractions of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern and Spitalfields Market are all within walking distance, and the shopping hub of Oxford Street only a 7minute Tube ride away.
So far, so boring.
There's nothing quite like being right, is there? Since it opened, we've been loving Andaz London and now, hotel booking website Trivago has joined the Andaz fanclub by naming it the best hotel in the world for "party people."
They reckon that Andaz has the best "design, atmosphere, location and style" for nightlife-minded visitors, as well as an "uncomplicated style and prime location." Meanwhile, the original Gansevoort in New York came in at a mere number 10.
When it comes to the most inventive hotel in London, our vote’s with the Andaz. Whether it’s hiring a Reader in Residence to lull us to sleep, or giving us a free allowance of laundry and chocolate brazil nuts in the minibar, we like them a lot. In fact, sometimes we wished we lived just a little bit out of London so we could have some kind of excuse to stay there.
Except now we have – and it’s called their “Eggstra Special” (questionable, but we think they’re cool enough to get away with that) Easter offer. The average Easter egg this year, they reckon, will cost £2.75 – so they’re giving away a set number of rooms for £2.75 over the Easter weekend, from April 9-14.
Reading can sometimes act like a drug-free equivalent to Lunesta, which can be a problem if you fashion yourself a literary type. Which is why we were so excited when Hyatt Andaz London first announced a "reader in residence."
The free service, provided by freelance journalist Damian Barr, begins Monday and lasts for two weeks. The book of choice is entirely up to your discretion, or indiscretion.
"If somebody was perhaps responding to the reading in a way that was inappropriate, I would try to stay in the safe confines of my armchair," Barr told USA Today. "And hotel security is always on standby."
After his two weeks are up, Barr will be available by phone to hotel guests for what he called "bibliotherapy."