Andaz Hotel

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A faded railway hotel until its £70m Conran overhaul in 2000, the red-brick Great Eastern became in 2007 the first of Hyatt’s new Andaz portfolio. The new approach means out with gimmicky menus, closet-sized minibars and even the lobby reception desk, and in with down-to-earth, well-informed service and eco-friendliness.

The bedrooms still wear style-magazine uniform – Eames chairs, Frette linens – but free services (local calls, wireless internet, healthy minibar) are an appreciated touch. Restaurant options include British nosh at the 1901 restaurant in a magnificent former ballroom with a stained-glass dome or Japanese at Miyako.

The cinema – set in the basement Masonic Temple, a feature of the original hotel – appropriately favours horror movies.

Venue name: Andaz Hotel
Address: 40 Liverpool Street
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail
Price: Rates £165-£315 double
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