We are officially back on Canadian soil and unenthusiastically preparing for colder weather. Bundled up by the fire my mind wanders to baguettes, bike rides and broadway. Our week abroad, although too short, encompassed a number of events that we are excited to share. To kick off our trip coverage however we want to first share the fantastic stay we had at the Hoxton in Holborn!
Located in Holborn, the hotel is easily accessed by train on the Central or Picadilly lines. So, whether you are coming from the airport or from an international train the route is efficiently direct. Once you reach Holborn station, the hotel is just a stone’s throw away on High Holborn street.
The surrounding area is hip, stylish and well known for its vibrant nightlife. With restaurants and shopping abound it’s easy to set out on foot from the hotel. A short walk gets you to the famous Covent Garden, and from there you can easily access Leister Square, Picadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.
Entering the hotel you are immediately enveloped in a bright, vibrant open concept space. Couches, comfy chairs and communal tables are filled with business meetings and studying college students. A combination of modern, industrial chic decor exudes a relaxed atmosphere and the aroma of coffee wafts in the air. Earthly tones and exposed concrete remind you that you have found a cozy nook in an urban setting. You can easily see why this is a place to come and ‘hang out.’
Tucked alongside the open living space is a restaurant and bar, allowing patrons to go from their morning coffee to an evening cocktail with ease. The careful consideration to detail continues here, in Hubbard and Bell, with white brick walls, soft lighting and vintage bar ware. Serving food and drink all day we found this the perfect place to grab a late night drink before retiring upstairs.
Nestled around the corner is the reception desk and directly across the elevators. After a friendly check in we made our way to the top floor. We had booked what they refer to as ‘the shoebox room’ and while yes the rooms are small (as most are in Europe) we were pleasantly surprised by the attention to detail. Despite size, the rooms are well thought out and with a strategic design is amplify the space. Located in the centre of the room is the bed and two side cabinets. On one side, the cabinet houses a mini bar and safe while the opposite side has a hair dryer and telephone. Carefully positioned in the top corner of the room is a television and to the side a built in bookcase.
Entering the room, the sound of a vintage radio greets you. Playing the chill station, this added touch creates an ambiance of calm, perfect for unwinding after a busy day. Also housed here we found a coffee and tea station, several books, a small desk and an array of helpful information on what to see and do in the area.
Finishing touches to the room include a wall covered in eclectic wallpaper and several pieces of art, a round mirror with detailed backlighting, plush bedding and several windows with a fantastic view of the London Eye in the distance.
The washroom was another welcome surprise. Black and white tile contrasted with silver fixtures emits hip luxury. The open concept shower provides much more space then a traditional European shower and a second backlight mirror lights up the space. Adding a pop of colour and an element of fun are the custom shower products and soap bar.
Lastly, the hotel offers the option of a morning breakfast bag. Guest’s fill out these super cute brown paper bags and hang them on a small hook outside the door. In the morning the bags are waiting filled with a banana, fruit juice and yogurt with granola. For those on the go and without extra time to spare in the morning this is an ideal touch.
We have now experienced a number of London accommodations and we can’t help but rave about this gem. The details certainly dress to impress and the atmosphere is especially warm and welcoming for the oversees traveller. The cost is reasonable and the accessibility to London’s top sites is perfect. We don’t often find a hotel that we are eager to go back to (as there are so many to experience) but this one we will surely return to in the future.
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