The Hoxton Shoreditch – London
In big cities like Paris, Hong Kong, New York and London a hotel is a location where people hang out. Not just the guests or tourist but often the bars are full of locals who live or work around the corner. A perfect example of this is the Hoxton. Hoxton has two hotels in London, one in Holborn and one in Shoreditch. Both hotel bars and restaurant are packed every single night with a mix of business people, tourist and young urban locals. Good news Hoxton is going to open its doors in Amsterdam this Summer. After my experience in London I’m pretty sure they can bring the ‘hotel culture’ to Amsterdam.
I had the pleasure to be staying at the Hoxton Shoreditch which opened it doors in 2006. Shoreditch is a location in East London. An area that has changed rapidly of the passed few years. The area is known for the Bricklane market, the trendy restaurants and the young arty folks combined with the business men from Liverpool street. Hoxton is like the living room of Shoreditch. A very welcoming atmosphere, comfortable chairs and couches and a cozy fire place. Probably they serve better drinks and bites than you do at home. How the Hoxton creates such a lively and welcoming vibe? One of the reasons is probably the events they host. From tastings to art exhibitions and from mindfulness to book readings. Want to know what’s happening at Hoxton? Check out their website hoxtown.com. No membership needed, just sign up for the events you like.
Favorite rooms in the hotel are the concept rooms. The room were I was staying is pictured above, with the ‘barber signage bed’ . These rooms are all unique and created by local artists. Local is the magic word for the Hoxton. All the art shown in the hotel for example is from local artists and even the coffee comes from a local brewery. To make you feel more like home you get one hour of free phone calls, there is a special room in the hotel for ironing and downstairs is a kitchen where you can go to for a snack, cereals or a drink from the fridge. The price of a room depends on the season but is between 79 pounds and 279 pounds per night. Hoxton is more than a hotel, their philosophy is: ‘providing a place where people could eat, drink, work and play anytime of the day’.