In 2007, a new and untested branch of the Hyatt group (Andaz) transformed one of the East End's most venerable hotels into a glossy and very upscale monument to relaxed chic. Strategically positioned at the junction of two trendy, arts-conscious neighborhoods (Shoreditch and Hoxton) and the financial district, it managed to gracefully incorporate respect for the cutting-edge arts with allegiance to old-fashioned British pomp and circumstance. The original hotel dates from 1884, when it was designed by architect Charles Barry, best known for his work on the Houses of Parliament. The hotel's exterior is abloom in all its Victorian glory, complete with a stained-glass dome. Bedrooms are supremely comfortable, with state-of-the-art bathrooms and color schemes of dark red and white.
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- Highly Recommended 2010