Room with a View
Andaz Liverpool Street London introduces a series of four East London “street art” rooms with custom works by distinctly diverse artists.  Each artist was tasked with hand-painting the walls of the rooms in a way that showcases their unique artistic styles. 
The first to kick off the experiment? Chris Price, an up and coming young talent who recently premiered his work at the opening of The Pearly Room in July.  His work for Andaz is a brilliant, eye-catching black and white illustration which pays homage to the story of a 19th century Japanese cargo ship that shed millions of pearl buttons. Salvaged and sewn on to clothes that were then debuted in London, these pearls are a key focus of his work here.

Stay tuned for the next installment, artist Patrick Vale, premiering in early October.

Room with a View

Andaz Liverpool Street London introduces a series of four East London “street art” rooms with custom works by distinctly diverse artists.  Each artist was tasked with hand-painting the walls of the rooms in a way that showcases their unique artistic styles. 

The first to kick off the experiment? Chris Price, an up and coming young talent who recently premiered his work at the opening of The Pearly Room in July.  His work for Andaz is a brilliant, eye-catching black and white illustration which pays homage to the story of a 19th century Japanese cargo ship that shed millions of pearl buttons. Salvaged and sewn on to clothes that were then debuted in London, these pearls are a key focus of his work here.

Stay tuned for the next installment, artist Patrick Vale, premiering in early October.

Secret Gardens of London
Exclusive Tips from Cultural Insider Julie Falconer, A Lady in London
London has no shortage of parks and gardens, but some of the best are hidden away in less obvious places. One of them is the Chelsea Physic Garden, a beautiful walled garden with all kinds of botanical plants and flowers. Another is the Pergola Garden in Hampstead, which is tucked away off the main road and features an elevated walkway covered in flowering vines. 

Secret Gardens of London

Exclusive Tips from Cultural Insider Julie Falconer, A Lady in London

London has no shortage of parks and gardens, but some of the best are hidden away in less obvious places. One of them is the Chelsea Physic Garden, a beautiful walled garden with all kinds of botanical plants and flowers. Another is the Pergola Garden in Hampstead, which is tucked away off the main road and features an elevated walkway covered in flowering vines. 

Brick Lane Market

A stroll along these London streets reveals a variety of fresh finds. Today’s menu? Crisp cucumbers followed by spicy curry and tasty sweets.

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Float Your Boat
When staying at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, visit the Western Islands for a top-notch Amsterdam afternoon. Quiet and relaxing, the area is characterized by narrow houses, little traffic, and picturesque bridges. Don’t be surprised if the afternoon is suddenly over - it is easy to spend hours wandering around the streets and ducking into intimate cafes and local shops.

Float Your Boat

When staying at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, visit the Western Islands for a top-notch Amsterdam afternoon. Quiet and relaxing, the area is characterized by narrow houses, little traffic, and picturesque bridges. Don’t be surprised if the afternoon is suddenly over - it is easy to spend hours wandering around the streets and ducking into intimate cafes and local shops.

The “Hostess City of The South”
Guest post by travel enthusiast Lauren Martiello 
When heading to Savannah, two things to keep in mind: all the delicious food you’ll eat and all the walking you’ll need to do to walk it off. This was my first time in the “Hostess City of The South,” so I think this might be a helpful guide for first-timers, like me! A little about me: I am all about domestic traveling right now, most frequently use the Amaro filter on Instagram and am always on the hunt for the perfect burger. 
My family picked Savannah for our annual trip this year because of its historical roots, its known beauty, my said passion for domestic traveling, and because, well, I wanted to sit on a bench and tell my life story to strangers. 
My goal anywhere I go is to eat the best food I possibly can. I spend a good chunk of time on Yelp! before I travel to decide where I want to delight my palate, so, a lot of my tips will be about the best #eeeeeats.
I also like to absorb the local culture and explore the city on foot. So, while the trolley tours are great to learn the city’s history, I definitely recommended walking around as much as you can. 
I hope you find these helpful and enjoy your stay at Andaz Savannah!

River Street Sweets
Usually I will avoid “tourist” sections of towns at all costs. I’m coming from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan so I’m not looking to be surrounded by swarms of people. But, I made the exception for River Street Sweets. You step in and the smell of sugar is all-consuming. They give you free samples of hot, fresh pralines as you walk in, which, naturally, had me hooked. I bought a pound and never looked back.
Also on River Street is the Savannah Bee Company, which I recommend you pop in to as well. The honey is local and delicious! Everyone was buzzing about it. 

Madison Square
Where did I go with my pound of pralines?  I went to one of Savannah’s 21 squares, which are beautiful and peaceful mini parks, every few blocks. In the picture above, you’ll see I’m at Madison Square, which made me think of one of my favorite places with the same name, Madison Square Park. I might have been jonesing for Shake Shack a bit, but the pralines definitely held me over. 

Colonial Park Cemetery 
The Spanish moss in Savannah was simply amazing — I have never seen anything like it! But I have to say, I think it is incredibly hard to capture on film (says the very amateur photographer). I thought some of the best trees were in the Colonial Park Cemetery and of course, Forsyth Park. 

Mrs. Wilkes
As I  mentioned, I went on this trip with my family, and each of us got to pick an activity to do. One of my sisters picked a river cruise. My other sister picked a trolley tour. And me? I picked waiting on line for an hour and a half to eat Savannah’s best fried chicken. This was the pinnacle of our trip. Mrs. Wilkes is a special place where you walk into a dining room, sit with strangers (obviously, I loved this), arrive at a table where countless sides are waiting for you and fried chicken is being ushered out to you. Every morsel was delicious and it was a great “down home southern cookin’” experience. 
Another great dining establishment was the Crystal Beer Parlor. And here it was, be still my heart, the best burger in Savannah. Try the Brown Ale burger and get a local brew, too!

The “Hostess City of The South”

Guest post by travel enthusiast Lauren Martiello 

When heading to Savannah, two things to keep in mind: all the delicious food you’ll eat and all the walking you’ll need to do to walk it off. This was my first time in the “Hostess City of The South,” so I think this might be a helpful guide for first-timers, like me! A little about me: I am all about domestic traveling right now, most frequently use the Amaro filter on Instagram and am always on the hunt for the perfect burger. 

My family picked Savannah for our annual trip this year because of its historical roots, its known beauty, my said passion for domestic traveling, and because, well, I wanted to sit on a bench and tell my life story to strangers. 

My goal anywhere I go is to eat the best food I possibly can. I spend a good chunk of time on Yelp! before I travel to decide where I want to delight my palate, so, a lot of my tips will be about the best #eeeeeats.

I also like to absorb the local culture and explore the city on foot. So, while the trolley tours are great to learn the city’s history, I definitely recommended walking around as much as you can. 

I hope you find these helpful and enjoy your stay at Andaz Savannah!

River Street Sweets

Usually I will avoid “tourist” sections of towns at all costs. I’m coming from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan so I’m not looking to be surrounded by swarms of people. But, I made the exception for River Street Sweets. You step in and the smell of sugar is all-consuming. They give you free samples of hot, fresh pralines as you walk in, which, naturally, had me hooked. I bought a pound and never looked back.

Also on River Street is the Savannah Bee Company, which I recommend you pop in to as well. The honey is local and delicious! Everyone was buzzing about it. 

Madison Square

Where did I go with my pound of pralines?  I went to one of Savannah’s 21 squares, which are beautiful and peaceful mini parks, every few blocks. In the picture above, you’ll see I’m at Madison Square, which made me think of one of my favorite places with the same name, Madison Square Park. I might have been jonesing for Shake Shack a bit, but the pralines definitely held me over. 

Colonial Park Cemetery 

The Spanish moss in Savannah was simply amazing — I have never seen anything like it! But I have to say, I think it is incredibly hard to capture on film (says the very amateur photographer). I thought some of the best trees were in the Colonial Park Cemetery and of course, Forsyth Park. 

Mrs. Wilkes

As I  mentioned, I went on this trip with my family, and each of us got to pick an activity to do. One of my sisters picked a river cruise. My other sister picked a trolley tour. And me? I picked waiting on line for an hour and a half to eat Savannah’s best fried chicken. This was the pinnacle of our trip. Mrs. Wilkes is a special place where you walk into a dining room, sit with strangers (obviously, I loved this), arrive at a table where countless sides are waiting for you and fried chicken is being ushered out to you. Every morsel was delicious and it was a great “down home southern cookin’” experience. 

Another great dining establishment was the Crystal Beer Parlor. And here it was, be still my heart, the best burger in Savannah. Try the Brown Ale burger and get a local brew, too!

A Worthy Opponent
The Andaz Beach Crew captures a chance encounter at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. Follow @andazbeachcrew on Instagram for more water-filled adventures.

A Worthy Opponent

The Andaz Beach Crew captures a chance encounter at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. Follow @andazbeachcrew on Instagram for more water-filled adventures.

Drinking and Drawing with Cultural Insider Claw Money
Claw Money and Andaz celebrated their vibrant partnership with an intimate party on Saturday, August 9th for Claw’s second emoji sticker pack with Hi-Art and the return of her public art on 5th Avenue. Claudia and her team, Andaz staff, and the Hi-Art crew got together for a night of the game “Drink and Draw” to celebrate. The new Claw emoji packs feature a variety of sassy and bold Claw icons that reflect the brand’s DNA and can be found through the Hi-Art App, on iTunes.

Claw has also painted the infamous doors (for the third time) to The Bar Downstairs at the Andaz 5th Avenue location. Bringing the iconic and mysterious “claw” to the streets of New York not only for Andaz guests, but also grabs the attention of any and all passerby’s of the hotel and tourist magnate Public Library.

Drinking and Drawing with Cultural Insider Claw Money

Claw Money and Andaz celebrated their vibrant partnership with an intimate party on Saturday, August 9th for Claw’s second emoji sticker pack with Hi-Art and the return of her public art on 5th Avenue. Claudia and her team, Andaz staff, and the Hi-Art crew got together for a night of the game “Drink and Draw” to celebrate. The new Claw emoji packs feature a variety of sassy and bold Claw icons that reflect the brand’s DNA and can be found through the Hi-Art App, on iTunes.

Claw has also painted the infamous doors (for the third time) to The Bar Downstairs at the Andaz 5th Avenue location. Bringing the iconic and mysterious “claw” to the streets of New York not only for Andaz guests, but also grabs the attention of any and all passerby’s of the hotel and tourist magnate Public Library.

Market Fresh Mushrooms
If you’re looking to fill your fridge with fresh flavors, a visit to the Andaz Wall Street Farmers’ Market won’t disappoint. Check it out on Thursday afternoons for a chance to visit vendors like Shibumi Farm, who offers a variety of mushrooms along with expertise for cooking them to perfection.

Pan Roasted:
-Slice or pull mushrooms apart
-Working in batches, place mushrooms in dry skillet (cast iron works well) on medium high heat
-Stir mushrooms as they cook, adding splashes of oil only as necessary to prevent burning
-Cook until nicely browned, about 15-20 minutes

Oven Roasted:
-Heat oven to 475 degrees F
-Tear mushrooms into similar size pieces 
-Toss the mushrooms with sea salt and oil
-Spread the mushrooms onto a sheet tray or cookie pan and put in oven
-Turn the mushrooms after 10 minutes, then roast until browned and starting to crisp (about 20 minutes)

Market Fresh Mushrooms

If you’re looking to fill your fridge with fresh flavors, a visit to the Andaz Wall Street Farmers’ Market won’t disappoint. Check it out on Thursday afternoons for a chance to visit vendors like Shibumi Farm, who offers a variety of mushrooms along with expertise for cooking them to perfection.

Pan Roasted:

-Slice or pull mushrooms apart

-Working in batches, place mushrooms in dry skillet (cast iron works well) on medium high heat

-Stir mushrooms as they cook, adding splashes of oil only as necessary to prevent burning

-Cook until nicely browned, about 15-20 minutes

Oven Roasted:

-Heat oven to 475 degrees F

-Tear mushrooms into similar size pieces 

-Toss the mushrooms with sea salt and oil

-Spread the mushrooms onto a sheet tray or cookie pan and put in oven

-Turn the mushrooms after 10 minutes, then roast until browned and starting to crisp (about 20 minutes)

Fans of Flora
The quintessential Amsterdam day: a bike ride around the city with a stop at the local florist. One of our favorites is Gerda’s Bloemen, or Gerda’s Flowers, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Nine Streets. 

Fans of Flora

The quintessential Amsterdam day: a bike ride around the city with a stop at the local florist. One of our favorites is Gerda’s Bloemen, or Gerda’s Flowers, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Nine Streets.