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“Two Non-Hipsters Try the Hoxton”

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The Hoxton, Shoreditch
Ranked #104 of 1,067 Hotels in London
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“Two Non-Hipsters Try the Hoxton”
Reviewed July 29, 2011

I had some reservations from the moment I watched the promo video on the Hoxton's website. Sleek decor framing her thin frame, a polished single woman appears to pick up a chic guy in a dance club, after which they both go back to her room at the Hoxton, hang up the Do Not Disturb sign, and do whatever they do in there until the morning Yogurt Pot arrives on the handle by her room door. "This place is waaay too hip for us," I told my husband as we watched the promo together. We're forty somethings, live in the Southern U.S., and I drive a minivan.

The skill and hospitality of the hotel, however, quickly eased our doubts. When we showed up rumpled and sketchy from a long flight and a trying negotiation with the Tube, the check-in desk clerk welcomed us gracefully and did not appear to judge my chic Target travel wear. Sneaking a glance around the hotel lobby, I noted the twenty-somethings with their fitted suits and cosmopolitan updos.

Based on another tip from a TripAdvisor review, I had requested a room on an upper floor, and I was pleased to find they honored that request. Our cozy, comfortable, clean room looked out on the alley behind the building, the rooftops ala that scene in Mary Poppins with the chimney sweepers, and the city skyline beyond. One morning we spotted a roof walker, a young man with a tweed jacket and a worn messenger's bag, trekking across the roofs, hands jammed in his pockets, wearing an intense look of artistic concentration.

We slept well in the soft comforter and ample pillows provided. The free morning yogurt pots amused us. What is the British fascination with bananas? We loved having these easy, fresh treats from Pret to get us going in the morning until we could find a good place in the city for elevenses. We also ate at the grill downstairs once; the shrimp burger earned high marks.

On another trip to London (perhaps for 2012?), I would love to stay here again and spend more time exploring the area. Our brief strolls around the neighborhood revealed more of that lovely mix of older, established neighborhood and youthful, hip, vibe. Every night of our stay, arriving at the Old Street Tube station, we followed giggling groups of girls in ridiculously high high heels, making their way to the local clubs along Greater Eastern St. One night, as we walked home in the rain, two ultra hip girls leaned on each other for support in their slippery stilettos. I thanked the heavens for my comfy Ecco sandals, and appreciated being not quite so hip.

Room Tip: If you like to feel a part of the young, hip, scene, then stay closer to the ground floors. For quie...
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

We stayed at the Hoxton for 5 nights. Our room was on the second floor, facing the back lane (Willow Street). The view was ugly, but the room was bright, quiet and airy. The lane was always deserted, so no cars, no smog, and absolutely no noise coming from the bar, not even during the weekend and with open windows. The other rooms face either the main road (traffic), or the inner courtyard (bar), so I suppose we were lucky to have our room on Willow Street.

The size of the room was ok, while the restroom was big, with a huge shower and nice details (new tiles, fine toiletries). I appreciated the idea of encouraging the customers to bring the soap home, we did and it lasted for days

The bed was absolutely great. Maybe a little too narrow for two people, but very comfortable and with fabulous sheets. In fact I plan to buy them from the web site (you cannot buy them at the hotel, web site only).

We got 1 hour of free Internationl phone calls everyday from the room, which turned out to be extremely convenient. Wi-fi was included, but tv was not, not even basic channels (bbc, news...). Either you pay, or no tv at all, we decided for no tv at all.

Kettle, cups, fridge, hairdrier were all in good order. Everyday new bottles of water and milk would appear in the fridge and were included in the price of the room. That was great.

Also the breakfast bag was a lovely idea. Water+banana+yoghurt. Unfortunately we don't like muesli, so we ate it the first morning to avoid wasting it, then we tried to write "no yoghurt please" on the bag, but we got it again. I suppose we should have asked the reception to stop the yoghurt...
We ate breakfast at the restaurant a couple of times, good service, nice menu, food is ok (the hollandaise sauce could have been better).

We liked the bar. Very noisy but fun, nice decor. Horrendous music, though, in our opinion.

People at the reception were helpful and the check-in check-out operations were very quick. There's a corner in the lobby with huge Mac computers for the gusts, in addition to wi-fi in the room.

The neighborhood is interesting (useful map in the room). You can explore in search of Banksy's graffiti, shop at the Rough Trade East, at the Nobrow place, have an Indian dinner in Brick Lane or Vietnamese food in Shoreditch.

The Old Street tube stop is close by, but unfortunately you get only the black line there. In order to take other lines and the train to Stansted you need to walk (15 minutes) or take a bus (not a very frequent one and often late) to Liverpool Street station. Additional tube problems come from the works on the Bank, Blackfriars and Cannon Street stations, but this is only temporary.

Room Tip: Rooms facing Willow Street are very quiet, but you get a view of the City only from high floors (sec...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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henley
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

we were met by friendly and informative front desk staff. Foyer is funky - open plan, huge lounges and there is a courtyard too.
Shower is excellent, bed really comfortable. Loved that bottles of water and fresh milk were in the fridge - at no extra cost.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

We had a great weekend break here for a concert in Hyde Park. Great value, great location, friendly staff. If you're looking for a good quality hotel in a good location in London I'd thoroughly recommend this. One lovely touch was a complementary orange juice, fruit and yoghurt outside the room each morning (we had booked room only).

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

What a fantastic hotel, stayed for one night on a Friday, for the cost of £155.00. This is a modern hotel with a chic twist, plenty of room in the bedroom, massive bathroom with a great shower.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Lugano, Switzerland
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

I have been here many times, and I like to stay there normally: the hotel has an original design, the bar is really nice and crowded in the evening until late, and the restaurant offers a good variety of food. The problem is that is sometimes noisy until late and there is a late checkin policy, after 2PM: I arrived at 10 AM, I had to let my baggage there after 5 hours of trip to come to London, and I could not rest. For the rest I think is a good hotel but maybe overpriced for the service offered. Last but not least, really near the city centre, that can be reached in few minutes of taxi or tube.

Room Tip: Ask for a room above 5th floor, because night the hotel can be really noisy
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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Guelph, Canada
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

Excellent hotel with the appropriate sized breakfast. Great accommodation and low local telephone rates. When we were there, all local calls were free plus 1 hour international. Unfortunately, we didnt eat at the restaurant.

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Property: The Hoxton, Shoreditch
Address: 81 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3HU, England (Formerly Hoxton Hotel)
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Shoreditch , East End / East London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#57 Romantic Hotel in London
#72 Business Hotel in London
#92 Luxury Hotel in London
#100 Family Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Hoxton, Shoreditch 4*
Number of rooms: 210
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We've been on the Shoreditch scene for a while now, and like the area we occupy, our style has developed and evolved over time, literally from the ground floor up. With 210 cleverly designed bedrooms, The Hoxton Grill restaurant run in partnership with the Soho House group, a destination bar and The Apartment, our meetings and events space, we have everything you might need all under one roof... ... more   less 
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