The Hoxton Hotel is up there in one of my favourite places to work. Both of its hotels in Shoreditch and Holborn have totally nailed the concept of a multi-functional space. By morning, you can sip flat whites, plug your laptop in and join the many nomadic workers at one of their workspace benches….
Come lunch time, you can grab lunch at their café before heading back to your work in one of their super-comfy armchairs.
At 5 or 6 o’clock you can order a martini (why not?). Meanwhile, the corporate types are walking around taking business calls, the hipsters are designing the next big tech start-up to take over the world, and waiters whizz around taking your orders from your chair.
Did I mention it’s all designed in a super cool mid-century interiors? I have a lot of love for this place.
But until recently, I’d never seen the guest rooms at The Hoxton Hotel. So keen to enjoy an East London staycation, I checked into the Hoxton Hotel Shoreditch on Good Friday ahead of the Easter weekend, to see what it was like to stay the night here.
The Hoxton Hotel: The Location
We were staying at the Shoreditch branch of The Hoxton Hotel and it’s really easy to find. Just take the tube or a bus to Old Street Station and it’s a five minute walk along Great Eastern Street. You’ll see the hotel opposite The Jones Family Project steak restaurant. If you’re heading to the Holborn hotel, it’s a few minutes’ walk along High Holborn from Holborn tube station. Easy peasy.
Check-in here was pretty efficient. Our room wasn’t quite ready so we dropped our bags and headed to Spitalfields market for an hour or so to pursue the markets. When we returned, the guy we’d spoken to didn’t remember who we were until we gave him our luggage tags (I’ll try not to be offended as I’m sure they get a lot of people coming and going here) but he was friendly and made sure we head everything we needed. We were given our key cards and directed to the lift. There were complimentary newspapers at reception too which is always a bonus.
One of the reasons I love the Hoxton Hotel is its style. Tan leather and velvet armchairs meet bare-brick walls, which meet tall chintzy lamps and mid-century colour palettes and coffee tables and shelves stacked with old books. I also love the giant art-deco style chandeliers in the lobby of the Hoxton Hotel. Major tick for use of statement lighting.
Both The Hoxton Hotel Shoreditch and The Hoxton Hotel Holborn have a fantastic open-plan style and The Hoxton Hotel is circular with a glass-walled atrium in the middle which is often used for events and comes alive in the evening. Look out for quirky touches such as the photo booth too.
We thought there were pros and cons when it came to the guestroom. When I’d checked the hotel website I saw some really quirky designs including a bedroom that’s resplendent in Henry Holland and Habitat designed cushions and bedspreads (in the Holborn one) and a bedroom that had a barbershop’s sign as the bedhead.
But our room was a bit less exciting and much smaller than these ones appeared. And it looked out onto a building site. So if you’re expected a super quirky room, you’ll have to request one and pay a bit more.
That said, our room was nice, just a bit simple and not really somewhere we’d want to kick back and relax all afternoon. Our bed had a chic blue leather headboard and a cushion with a quirky retro cassette print. We also had a stylish leather armchair overlooked by a simple lamp hanging on the wall, plus a retro-style desk and armchair. The TV was set into a shelving unit that housed the hairdryer, safe, a collection of books and our tea and coffee facilities. Over the other side of the room there was a fridge. We didn’t have any snacks but we did have fresh milk. And I loved the Hoxton Hotel mugs. BC wanted to take one home.
The décor was completely plain but I liked the backlit circular mirror…
…and the bathroom was bedecked in sleek black tiles and had a fantastic shower.
We had lovely Pen & Ink toiletries (although the shower gel seemed like it had been watered down if I’m honest).
The hairdryer was pretty good which always gets a tick. And despite a pre-warning from a friend that the hotel rooms hadn’t been very soundproof when she stayed, we had a good night’s sleep with minimal disturbance.
Eating & Drinking
Shoreditch is pretty cool isn’t it? I mean where else in London can you find so many examples of street art, hipster coffee shops and nightlife. The Hoxton gets very lively at the weekend and it’s a great place to sip on cocktails. When we returned later in the evening, there was a DJ playing some very cool beats and earlier in the evening, you can dine on appetisers, steaks and sandwiches from the all-day menu at the Hoxton Grill. Walk outside the hotel and it won’t be long before you are in the middle of a whole host of fantastic restaurants. We took ourselves off to The Jones Family Project across the road which I can highly recommend. Read my full review of the restaurant here.
For brekkie, you can head down to the Hoxton Grill for a full range of breakfast dishes such as ‘eggs your way’, avocado toast (of course), pancakes and protein bowls. Interestingly, the food and beverage isn’t actually owned by The Hoxton Hotel, it’s owned by The Soho Hotel group – which is why we didn’t review it. It’s a shame they can’t provide a full hot breakfast in the price of staying here but as we were shooting off to Kings Cross to take a train up north, it didn’t matter too much. The banana, granola-yoghurt pot and a cup of tea was enough for us. Hang the brown bag from your room at your door complete with a tick by the time-slot you’d prefer it and they will fill it for you at that time.
Check out here was super speedy and the next morning there was a buzzy vibe with people catching up over coffee, new weekenders arriving and of course, nomadic laptop owners tapping into their keyboards and sitting by the fire.
While I have to admit, it doesn’t have everything I look for in a cool hotel, The Hoxton Hotel definitely has the cool factor. I may not rush to book another hotel room for myself here but I’d recommend it to any friends looking for a convenient stay in the city.
It’ll also remain on my list of favourite places to drink coffee, people watch, and celebrate the fact that as a freelancer, I can work wherever the hell I want. Cool East End hotels included. Freelancers rejoice.