I've stayed at the Hoxton several times in the last couple of years always through busines (sadly). However I've had a great opportunity to see the hotel in reasonable detail.
The bar area is seamlessly fused with the lobby and is surprisingly popular with "locals" not just guests and there is a fairly trendy, affluent "City" feel. This is Shoreditch and let's be honest you will not find the atmosphere quite as down to earth as you might up the road in Islington (during the week at least). The vibe is about successful, aspiring, stylish youth and you may spot the odd celeb in there too from time to time. And in a way I guess this is the target demograph.
While I accept this hotel has worked hard to cultivate something stylish and is relatively unique with the product it offers I guess the thing for me is when I'm travelling for work I like to have as much space as I can get as the room substitutes for my home. That's where the Hoxton is a bit of a let down for me. I won't dispute the rooms are stylish and adequate for a short stay for someone on vaccation but as someone who frequently has to work in their room during a trip they're a bit on the small side and quite dark. The rooms have dark wood furnishings and a really dark bathroom (I mean ceiling to floor dark tiles - sorry, this has just never been my thing - nor is the complimentary Pears soap for that matter :-).
I also enjoy a good breakfast and the paper bag with a yogurt, banana and juice is a let down. I know they have the bacon sandwiches and the full service (if you have the time). Again the problem for me is that I'm working; I don't have the facility to stop off for take away then eat it at a desk and the service breakfast I am reliably informed is quite slow. Now if I was enjoying a relaxing city break this would probably be fine as I'd head out for the day and take breakfast at leisure somewhere.
The highlights of this hotel however are the staff and the restaurant. The staff are friendly and helpful and there is a casual ambience at reception that is really welcoming. I've eaten in the Grill a number of times, the food is unpretentious and honest and it's really good! The slow cooked beef ribs are the highlight but the slaw is surprisingly good as well!
Overall, the Hoxton is good for for couples or small groups of friends having a short break and looking for a location just a bit less cliched than "Up West". Breakfast isn't great but dinner is super (in a casual way). It's convenient for a lot of businesses operating near Liverpool Street for the business traveller. But I really feel it's better suited to flying business visits than a week long project for example and not great for anyone who has to work from their rooms in the evening. As with most other people, the fresh milk in the fridge in the room and the bottles of water are a great touch. However the Pears soap - noooooo!
By the way, for any romantic men out there, if you want to surprise your wife or girlfriend with a stay in London you could do a lot worse than this hotel - every female colleague I have just raves about the place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- East London establishment, the Hoxton Hotel combines destination sleeping, drinking and dining. With 208 stylish rooms, a restaurant serving up classic American run in partnership with the Soho House group, courtyard garden and The Apartment meetings and events space, it¹s pretty easy to see why the Hox rocks... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hoxton Hotel London, England