Monday, 15 November 2010

The Hoxton - London

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My recent trip to London presented me with the opportunity to stay at not one but two lovely hotels. So after a Friday overnight stay at the Fox & Anchor, come Saturday morning we packed our bags and moved on to The Hoxton in Shoreditch. It was quite a treat to experience the differences between the two hotels in one weekend city break.

The cosy and traditional atmosphere of The Fox & Anchor was in stark contrast to The Hoxton which was a bigger hotel with a modern design more akin to the Shoreditch area. That's not to say that The Hoxton is not warm and inviting, with it's large open fires to either side of the hotel entrance, the emphasis is very much on comfort and a relaxed ambience.

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The hotel reminded me very much of hotels I have stayed in New York. The bedrooms are quite small and a little stark... but in a cool modern way. Even the 'wardrobe' was a single hook on the wall with the shadow of a dress hung up - mine fit on top quite neatly! The bathroom is a decent size, again very modern with a glossy black and white finish. There is definitely encouragement to spend time out of the room enjoying the rest of the hotel, which really is all you can ask for a city break weekend.

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The details of the hotel which I enjoyed the most definitely had to be the iPad lounge and the downstairs bathroom - the bathroom purely for the Banksy artwork hung up on the door to differentiate between male and female.

The iPad lounge was a great concept for a hotel where we unashamedly spent some time on the iPads and iMacs. Even late Saturday evening, my friend and I grabbed ourselves a Lychee & Rose Prosecco from the bar and went over to the lounge area to catch up on our internet activities - very addictive! It was a good addition to an already bustling bar and restaurant area. And after our hectic day seeing the sights of London, it was a wonderful way to relax whilst maintaining the feeling of being part of a sociable Saturday night out.

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The next morning, we received a little 'surprise' package hung outside our room - a Pret a Manger paper bag filled with orange juice, granola & yoghurt and a banana. I really liked this idea, a perfect breakfast snack if you choose not to take advantage of a large hearty breakfast downstairs in the Hoxton Grill. We decided to keep our little Pret bag as a snack for the impending train journey and sample the breakfasts on offer in the Grill. I enjoyed huge American pancakes with lashing of maple syrup and a good strong cup of coffee and my friend the Eggs Benedict.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Hoxton and would not hesitate to choose this hotel for our next London trip. The staff in particular were so smiley, friendly, helpful and chatty and in no way pretentious as staff in cool hotels so often can be. It's the small things that are remembered and that make me want to go back for more.

35 comments:

  1. What an incredibly original hotel! How do you keep finding them?? We always land in good, but plain hotels. It does the trick, but this really looks great.

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  2. A fab review with some great photos - it has really whet my appetite for the Hoxton Hotel.

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  3. I stayed here last time I was in London and would definitely stay there again, I thought the pret breakfast was a cute touch too!

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  4. And again, such a lovely place! Paula, thanks so much for sharing.

    Love, love, love, Dotti

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  5. Have always wanted to stay in The Hoxton! It looks absolutely incredible, definitely going to persuade the boy to take me there next time we pop down to London.

    x

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  6. This is a fancy hotel and looks amazing, I love the little details like the toilet art work and the breakfast bag. So nice! x

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  7. oh my gosh, this looks so so nice! x

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  8. This place looks fantastic. LOVE the word art cushions. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  9. Those pillows are actually insane - wow!

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  10. When you go into a nice hotel is like starting a trip. Everything is so exciting, even silly little things.
    Thank you for showing us your wonderful hotel trip.
    Un abrazo siempre.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  11. It's a lovely hotel - and check out their £1 sale. If you are super, super quick when they start you can nab a room for a quid.

    http://www.hoxtonhotels.com/the_1pound_sale/

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  12. wow i'm pretty impressed, i didn't expect it to look like this at all. i'm sure i've been to the grill actually, unless there's a bar next door? i'd love to stay there though, the hanger detail is a real interesting touch, like wise with the apple stuff and the pret

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  13. What a lovely place, I love the shadow of the dress on the wall and the Banksy frames!!!

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  14. Wow!! I love the dress on the wall by the coat hanger. That's so cool and the pillows!! They have an Ipad longue? Wow. One day I want to go to London, I'll remember this name! =)

    Melanie's Randomness

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  15. The hotel looks very nice, your pictures make me want to visit it, it looks like a fun place ^^

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  16. If I ever go to London I am totally going to study your blog as a travel guide! xx

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  17. Cool Hotel!!! I like the bansky pictures, the funny cushions and the ipad's corner!! Well, in fact, I LOVE London.

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  18. Truly amazing pictures babe, thanks for sharing

    XOXO
    J

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  19. wow! nice hotel!
    loving the cushion covers!
    + the idea of the hanging dress on the wall!!
    definitely have to check this out next time am visiting london!
    kisses

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  20. The Hoxton looks amazing! Love your photos :)

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  21. Gorgeous details, I especially love those cutesy lil pillows:)

    xx

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  22. beautiful images. and good suggestion. and what can we say about "apple" + "internet" addiction!!!

    xx

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  23. Very cool hotel, it reminds me of one I stayed in while visiting Montreal.

    Those pillows are funky and fun!!

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  24. Such a wonderful review of this hotel. I am recommending it to visiting friends.

    x

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  25. Ooh I've heard about this hotel, and your divine pictures just make me want to hop on the eurostar and stay there for the weekend. Thanks for sharing, darlin! :) Paris in Pink

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  26. Oh wow love your photos and it looks like you have a wonderful stay in your hotel. Oh so pretty!

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  27. Oh my gosh, I've been to the Hoxton! Well, I haven't stayed in it... really, by "been to," I mean I was in there for about 10 minutes. If I go back to London any time soon, I'll have to keep this on my list of places to stay! :D

    On another note, I love that you find all these interesting hotels to stay in.

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  28. I would love to go and stay in the Hoxton. What an amazing hotel!

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  29. It looks wonderful Paula!
    Whenever i visit London i always feel obliged (well, forced!) to stay with my friend BUT for a hotel as lovely as this, i'd definitely stand my ground ;)

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  30. I love how you capture the striking and clever quirks of the hotels where you stay. I'm going to study your blog like a Fodor's Guide when next I travel to England. Someday, someday! I love the dress silhouette on the wall, and golly, would I like a Lychee & Rose Prosecco right NOW, at 8:58 in the morning!

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  31. Bonsoir! Great pics of London! The problem with living here is that I don't get to stay in the hotels...that'd be a bit too indulgent ;-) Hope your week is going well, Love from London x

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  32. lovely photos, I need to visit the Hoxton it's only a few mins from my office. The food looks yum!They do a super cheap 99p room sale in the summer, that's always fun.

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  33. What a gorgeous hotel! I especially love those cushions. :)

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