There are many gorgeous places to stay in London. But there was one hotel that kept catching my eye over and over again. With hotels in several locations, I knew my recent trip to London would be the perfect opportunity to finally experience a stay at The Hoxton. So without further ado, here’s is The Hoxton Shoreditch: 48 Hours of Ambiance.
The Hoxton Brand
The Hoxton is one of those newly iconic hotels that Instagrammers love to stay at. It has ambiance and character for days. After seeing so many photos of The Hoxton Paris, I decided I needed to finally experience a stay for myself in London.
While Shoreditch was a bit of a foreign area of London to me, I knew it was trendy and up-and-coming. The Hoxton was no different. When we arrived, the outside looked like any modern hotel, but walking in was an entirely different experience. The ambiance was hanging in the room like a thick cloud, and everything was just so ‘Hoxton-esqu’. They exemplified the epitome of good branding: stepping into a space and immediately understanding the brand, without even knowing the brand or knowing what you’re looking for.
The Hoxton has everything you’d be looking for in the 21st century:
- a photo booth
- a bar
- a coffee bar
- tons of lounge areas to work and host meetings
- single desks for serious workers
- books galore
- a restaurant
- two fireplaces
- a helpful front desk
It’s convenience and ambiance, mixed with character and nostalgia. Their voice was so insanely addicting. Everything from their ‘nope’ door signs to their room instructions had a punchy vibe that was hard not to love. The Hoxton is the master of keeping it short and sweet.
When we stepped into our room, there was music playing. Music. Just there, waiting for us. I loved that personal touch. It was a true feeling of escape. One of the first things I noticed were the cute mugs left in the room that had The Hoxton’s logo and Shoreditch on them. How wonderful would it be to collect them all? I actually ended up buying one before I left too. So new moderate life goal: collect them all.
The room was on the tiny side, but perfect for two people for a few nights. The bathroom was nice and spacious which I really appreciated. If there’s ever a space to not skimp on, it’s definitely a bathroom. There was ample counter space and a rather large shower. Ladies, this was everything!
The rest of the interior was beautifully designed with gorgeous herringbone floors. I am such a sucker for herringbone, that I nearly died when I saw them. The headboard and bedding were perfect for getting some quick Instagram shots, and the small desk was great for a little late night work session (a few blog posts may have been written here). Even the hallways had great attention to detail. I find that hotels always forget about the hallway. So to carry the room’s ambiance throughout was really thoughtful and something I appreciated.
One of my favorite touches was the free mini breakfast that they bring to your door every morning. It includes some OJ, a banana, and a yogurt parfait. You just doodle the date and time of your desired delivery on the bag, and then leave the bag hanging outside your door. They do the rest!
We only stayed for one night at The Hoxton, but in that time we decided to try out their restaurant for dinner. Hands down one of the most delicious pieces of bread I’ve ever eaten, and one of the best caesar salads I’ve ever had (the croutons were made from the bread). I was honestly not expecting that at all. All I really wanted was something light to eat alongside a refreshing gin. And instead, I got blown away. I even had to check myself and make sure I wasn’t raving about the food because I was already biased. But it was literally so good!
That night I showered, put on a little face mask, and climbed into the comfiest bed. We were exhausted from walking around London all day and The Hoxton provided the perfect sanctuary for a little shut-eye. It was a cozy room to come home to after freezing our arses off in London all day in 30 degree Fahrenheit weather. The next day we set out to explore London again, and then eventually caught a flight around 8:00 PM.
I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about this hotel. It’s one of those places that makes you feel hip, alive, and energized, even if you just pop in for a coffee or a drink. The ambiance is everything and it’s an instant cool-girl vibe. Next up, Paris?
What’s your favorite part about The Hoxton? Pssst, The Hoxton is coming to Chicago, Portland, and Los Angeles soon!
A huge thank you to The Hoxton Shoreditch for welcoming us for a night, despite the holiday and low availability. We really loved our stay and cannot gush enough about the wonderful people there! You guys are amazing. Thank you!