If you know anything about hotels, you know that there are some too cool for school. Like the Ace Hotels across the U.S., The Hoxton hotels chain is rapidly gaining the same reputation. Think hipster hot spots, urban chic, and no sacrifice of luxury or culture to still be cool.
The Hoxton group has 10 locations around the world, from Amsterdam to Portland, Oregon – and four locations in their initial city of London. In fact, The Hoxton Shoreditch was their first property, the flagship!
I was excited to stay at The Hoxton Shoreditch on one of my trips to London. It was a great base for a few days of exploring East London, and easily my favorite hotel stays in a long time. If you’re curious about this property and whether it’s worth the splurge, read on for my Hoxton Shoreditch review – from the lobby to the rooms and everything in between.
Photos of The Hoxton Shoreditch in this post were provided by the property to ensure accuracy.
Location: In the Heart of Hip, East London
In London, location plays a huge role in the type of atmosphere and personality each business has.
When I lived in London, it was within walking distance of Shoreditch. Shoreditch is a perfect microcosm of why London has become one of the most desirable places to live. I know that Shoreditch is one of the coolest places to be; The Hoxton has to be equally cool to live up to its surroundings. Luckily, as you’ll see in my review of The Hoxton Shoreditch property, it does.
While not enjoying your room, you can get out and enjoy all this neighborhood has to offer. Whether you want delicious food, nightlife, great cocktails, or to discover street art, it’s within walking distance of The Hoxton.
While staying at The Hoxton Shoreditch, we went out for Mexican tacos, followed by a cocktail at one of the city’s best bars (Happiness Forgets). From the time we left our room at The Hoxton, it took less than 30 minutes of walking to reach these spots.
On Property at The Hoxton Shoreditch
While it’s definitely worth doing, you don’t have to stay at The Hoxton to visit The Hoxton; the lobby has many cool spaces to hang out. From the moment we walked in, I noticed freelance or remote workers camped out on couches and leather armchairs with Macs on their laps.
The restaurant and bar channeled a mid-century vibe without feeling kitschy, and the outdoor courtyard was packed with people enjoying the end of summer weather each time we passed it.
I’d highly recommend grabbing a meal in The Hoxton Grill or a cocktail from the bar if you just want a nice place to stop while exploring the city; the use of space in the lobby is efficient without feeling sterile, and there are plenty of places to grab a seat for a few minutes before heading back out to see more wonders of London.
Inside Rooms at The Hoxton Shoreditch
The rooms at The Hoxton are way cooler than I am. They might even be cooler than you are – I don’t know.
Our room was a palette of black, white, and grey, with a little camel-colored leather thrown in. These are exactly the colors I used to wear almost every day when I lived in London. This gave the room a modern, relaxing vibe without being dull.
We spent several hours working from our room before heading out to explore Shoreditch. The desk, chair, and bed provided a nice variety of places to relax and get focused. The room amenities were really cool too: a kettle, cups and wine glasses, breakfast provided in the morning, and luxe bath products.
As for sleeping, our room provided the perfect combination of an indulgently comfortable bed, plenty of light-blocking from the shades, and cool room temperature with the in-room AC. It was one of my best nights of sleep on that whole London trip!
Video Review of The Hoxton Shoreditch
While staying at The Hoxton, I made this little video preview. If you want to peek inside the awesome lobby and cozy rooms, give it a whirl:
This video is from my old site, Valerie & Valise. It shows how these photos are exactly the same as what I experienced during my stay!
What Could Be Improved
I always like to include this section to make it a comprehensive review. But honestly, we had a wonderful stay at The Hoxton. There are no major issues I can think of that would have dramatically improved our stay. I personally could have improved our stay by staying longer – in fact, I don’t think I would leave if given the choice!
As in so much of East London, there might be construction in the area around The Hoxton Shoreditch during your stay. Our room looked out over an active rooftop construction site. I love having the windows thrown wide to tempt in light (and we had a great view toward the City), but the grizzled British men working a few meters away were a little off-putting.
If you’re sold after reading my Hoxton Shoreditch review, great! Here’s how to book a stay:
Room rates start from $133 per night; this varies by season and night of week.
Have any questions about staying at The Hoxton Shoreditch? Let me know in the comments!