Whether it’s a romantic weekend getaway, travelling for work or just looking to mix it up for a couple of days, in the modern world we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to hotels, little and large. So we’ve created the Travel Journal to help you find some of the best hotels and getaways for all budgets and requirements.
Let’s be honest, trawling through lists of hotels on offer in London can be a tedious task at best, and even when you find one that looks good, are you really sure it’s not just style over substance? Well, in our first edition of the Travel Journal we started closer to home in London’s famous east end with an overnight stay at The Hoxton, Shoreditch.
The Venue: The Hoxton, 81 Great Eastern St, London, EC2A 3HU
The Hoxton, which actually used to be a carpark, is a 210 bedroom hotel in the heart of east London and it’s creative hub, Shoreditch. The Hotelier established itself to be known as the ‘anti-hotel’ and promises to be rid of everything people hate about modern day hotel chains. This is anything from rude, obnoxious staff, expensive mini-bars and a serious lack of atmosphere. The Hoxton, however, has surpassed on all accounts, having successfully curated a modern, friendly hotel which acts as a social and freelance working hub for locals, as well as covering all the basics, and then some required for a comfortable and enjoyable night’s stay.
Shoreditch, as we all know presents itself as the place to be for all things creative, buzzing with individuality such as independent magazine stores, coffee shops and popular restaurants that will have you dizzy with options from pub grub to Indian cuisine. This is a neighbourhood that has evolved over time and continues to do so, so expect to see and experience different scenes every time you visit the area. The Hoxton also has other destinations in popular places such as Holborn, Amsterdam and more recently the opening of its new property in Paris. Our Rating: *****
The Hoxton boasts a fresh, contemporary lobby, which is open to all and really feels like the centre point of the building. Even if you are not a guest at the hotel you are able to work in the makeshift library; a beautiful space where modern meets classic scattered with sofa’s, leather chairs and wire bookshelves. Brick walls add a touch of authenticity to the lobby, complemented by the modernist decor. The lobby bar is decorated with a botanical theme and perches next to a cosy seating area with an impressive fireplace, with plenty of power outlets and seating tucked away in scandinavianesk corners, this is a freelancers paradise. Working from a hotel lobby as never been such as pleasure.
Our Rating: *****
With the hotel technically running as a hotel, bar, and social hub, you would naturally assume the staff are running around like a gaggle of panicked chickens trying to keep on top of things. On our visit – a Saturday – yes, the hotel was busy, however, the staff -everything you’d expect them to be in a destination such as Shoreditch – were friendly and very fluid with check-in, working with all of relaxed feel you would come to expect from a spa, taking literally seconds to explain how everything worked and our room number before letting us know that any questions we had, we were to ask for one of three concierge staff personally. After check-in, we decided – because although I am in London most days, I never truly get to wander aimlessly – to explore the city as a tourist. That evening we decided to eat in Covent Garden, a short trip on the tube, to visit a favourite of mine Shake Shack, after which we headed back to the hotel for cocktails in the Hoxton Grill, run by Soho House. The atmosphere in the evening is electric with low lighting and candles anchoring each of the tables to their location you felt as if you were truly in the heart of London nightlife, surrounded by the cities most vibrant and creative individuals. With a live DJ set that lasted until 1am you really are spoilt when it comes to entertainment. But don’t worry, if you decide to sneak off early you’ll have all the piece of the coutryside tucked away in your room.
Our Rating: *****
On entering the room you are to be greeted by a huge round mirror, high leather headboards, and reclaimed wooden floors. Through great design, they have made perfect use of the space available in the rooms, consciously designed with a modern, sophisticated guest in mind. With four room options available we found ourselves in a standard ‘Cosy’ room, a reasonably sized room that overlooked east London and well equipped with a small desk/dressing table, DAB digital radio, hid away TV and armchair with a beautifully crafted reading light. The wet room/bathroom was generous in terms of size and we’re pretty sure you could have had a small party in there, it was sleek and modern covered in dark tiles that seemed to connect the room from floor to ceiling, finished with stainless steel fixtures and scented body wash, conditioner and shampoo by Pen & Ink. Other rooms on offer are ‘Roomy’, ‘Concept Rooms’ and ‘Shoe Box’. Rooms start with Shoebox Rooms from £99 per night. Our Rating: *****
Overall Rating: 5*
Book your stay now on thehoxton.com we promise you won’t regret it.