LONDON | THE HOXTON HOLBORN HOTEL
With an entire archive of Vogue and National Geographic back issues in the lobby easily available for all guests to read, we were instantly interested in The Hoxton Holborn hotel. The ever-expanding family of boutique hotels, The Hoxton, has a Holborn address added to its list in London, with the original branch in Shoreditch providing a short escape from the city. Internationally, The Hoxton can also be found in Amsterdam in the Netherlands (it opened in 2015) and the eagerly-awaited hotels in Paris and Williamsburg opening soon.
The Hoxton Holborn is situated in the city centre in a quieter area close to the British Museum, the Sir John Soane Museum, and conveniently around the corner from the Holborn tube station, and within walking distance to Soho, Covent Garden and Leicester Square. As you walk into the The Hoxton, you’ll find the lobby filled with locals and guests alike: either there for a morning brunch or later in the evening, a cocktail to wind down the day. The atmosphere is casual and unpretentious.
In the building you will find Hubbard and Bell, the all-day restaurant run by the Soho House Group also arranging the room-service for guests (with an impressive and diverse menu), the Holborn Grind coffee shop and cafe, and the Chicken Shop downstairs serving yes you named it, posh chicken and chips. Each has its own individual identity, making each of them destinations in themselves for London locals. Just around the corner is a traditional English pub for the full experience, it’s really worth the visit. The Hoxton Holborn also boasts a nail salon in the building, Cheeky Nails, event spaces and private dining rooms: the library, living room, play room and study.
Rooms are realistically but cleverly labelled by size: shoebox, snug, cosy and roomy, ensuring that there is no confusion when you are reminded that this hotel is not only well-prices (rooms start at £130 per night) and well located in central London. Rooms are also equipped with stationary and a useful local city guide. A small breakfast is included and optional, with guests asked to fill out an order form before bed and hang it on their room door ready for the next day (packed with a banana, yoghurt and freshly-squeezed orange juice).
Minimal to an extent, everything a guest needs for an overnight stay is on offer and available upon request. Where the hotel lacks in space, it certainly makes up for by providing a great atmosphere and plenty of things to do, all on your doorstep.The bar has a great wine selection, but beware when ordering room service – it can be awfully slow. The hotel lobby, where guests and locals can mingle and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere. An entire archive of Vogue and National Geographic magazines await you. The Hubbard and Bell restaurant, run by the Soho House Group. The hotel reception, where staff are helpful but not over-the-top. A perfect welcome. Rooms are finely equipped with stationary, a local city guide and morning order form for breakfast. Certain rooms are realistically labelled and it all depends on your budget. Room sizes range from ‘shoebox’, ‘snug’, ‘cosy’ and ‘roomy’.
For room availability and more information visit The Hoxton Holborn website
Images courtesy of The Hoxton and Ennismore