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.
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.
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.
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.
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.