As as kid I used to love travelling mainly because I could stay in nice hotels with my parents, sleep in crispy white bed sheets and indulge at the breakfast buffet the next morning! Some people dislike staying anywhere but their own house and sleeping in a bed that is not their own. Not me! Part of the fun of travelling is finding the right accommodation, whether it’s a rented AirBNB apartment or a charming B&B in the country or a boutique hotel in the city.
The moment I step into a hotel room I am on holiday, regardless if I am abroad or in my own town. That’s why I love staycations: spending a night in a nice hotel in my own city, pretending to be a tourist for a day or two. If I knew that “staycations” existed when I was a kid, I bet it would have been my favourite thing to do!
Thanks to my job I sometimes get to review hotels around in London and abroad (you can imagine how much I enjoy that!) and a few weeks ago I was invited to stay at The Hoxton in Shoreditch.
I already knew the hotel because of their amazing brunch menu and also because I attended one of The Stylist’s Rail events there last year. The Hoxton works closely with local creative people to organize events and promote the area. I had never stayed at the hotel overnight and I fell in love with all the furniture and accessories in my room!
The Hoxton is a designer hotel in the heart of London’s Silicon Roundabout, the area comprising Shoreditch and Old Street which is home to many creative and digital agencies and start-ups. So it’s not a surprise that The Hoxton is a hotel for creative people, young professionals in the digital and creative industries.
In the 210 rooms there’s a desk to work at, making the most of the free Wi-Fi and one hour of free phone calls.
Launched in 2006, The Hoxton group is now expanding and building a series of hotels around the world. The Hoxton Holborn opened last year (the hotel restaurant Hubbard & Bell is great for weekend brunch), and Amsterdam, Paris, New York will soon follow.
I checked in my room on a Friday afternoon then headed to Dalston for a night out at Street Feast Hawker House.
Knowing my bed was within walking distance – and I didn’t have to cross London with the tube to get home – made the evening even better. Around midnight I walked back to the hotel and my room, only to crash on the bed minutes later.
The next morning my husband and I enjoyed a lazy lie-in with breakfast in bed! Breakfast at The Hoxton is delivered to each room overnight and in cute paper bags that are hanging outside your door. In the bag you will find an orange juice, a granola and yoghurt pot and a banana. In the bedroom you already have fresh milk, tea and coffee, water available.
We drank our coffees in bed and then got ready to leave our room (I loved the rainmaker shower in the bathroom!) only to head downstairs for brunch!
The Hoxton Grill, a classic American grill, bar and lounge run in partnership with the Soho House Group and open from morning until late night. It serves breakfasts, brunch and an all-day menu with daily specials. On Fridays and Saturdays there are guest DJs so the Hoxton Grill is also one of Shoreditch’s most popular late-night destinations.
We sat there for two hours, reading the Saturday papers and drinking more coffee. For my brunch I ordered a classic Eggs Benny while Sandy chose a Full English breakfast (vegetarian version). We also tried two of their fruit smoothies. Sandy usually wins at choosing the yummiest flavours, but this time I got the best one: GO GREEN with kale, banana, honey and cranberry.
After a restful night and a tasty brunch we were ready to explore Shoreditch with the Hoxton Guide we found in our room. I’m looking forward to the opening of the next Hoxton Hotels! Which ones would you like to visit the most: London, Amsterdam, Paris or New York?
Disclaimer: I was a guest of The Hoxton Hotel and Hoxton Grill. All opinions are my own.