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The London Eye was enjoyed by all. It's about 30 minutes moving very slowly on a giant wheel is a big bubble like enclosed capsule. The views the whole time are incredible! We even get to see the little tiny far away Tower of London and Tower Bridge from the very top. We take pictures and look around ... it's not even that scary even though you are so very high in the air. After our fun ride on the London Eye, we head across the way to ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHoxton Hotel London
Great neighborhood. Interesting Hotel,...in a good way. Music, food, drinks & Eco friendly.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hoxton Hotel London
Brilliant amazing value hotel in great location
we sayed two nights at this hotel and couldn't recommend it highly enough. great rooms quilts showers air con free pret breakfasts delivered to your room free wi fi fabulous modern design but with loads of character and a great bar and restaurant
ask for an aviator cocktail fresh zingy and delicious. a non smoking hotel but it has a lovely courtyard with a massive olive tree where you can smoke if you wish. we only paid £59 for the room for each night book direct on the hoxton hotel website
great hotel. Good funkiness. Super room, first class shower definitely one of the best i have ever had. Excellent food and a cracking bar reasonably priced too (stella 3.20)
Very interesting hotel and will be very popular i would stay again. We paid £100 so this is not based on a cheap rate.
You cannot park at the hotel but there are places around
Rude, inefficient and noisy
very poor reception staff kept me waiting for half an hour looking for my booking despite my confirmation email, which I showed them. Finally got a room after the agency rang them - why didn't they do this straight away. Was later summoned from my room to give them my card details, which I had already offered.
Room overlooked the atrium where the bar is. Noise until after midnight.
No apology received and the TV Channels didn't all work.
Not for me again.
Stylish on a Budget
Overall we had a great stay here, especially at the budget price.
The employees were all courteous and accomodating, even if they didn't quite have all the answers yet, but as we were there within a week of the opening, I can't blame them!
The things we liked (aside from the price):
1. The beds, linens and towels are incredibly luxurious.
2. Free WiFi or wired network available at each desk.
3. Great showers (watch out with the power shower though, the doors in the shower have a gap between the wall and the door - I accidentally flooded the bathroom)!
4. The hotel provided a little foldout street map of the area immediately around the hotel marked with various restaurants, etc. that they found to be good. The suggestions we used were spot on.
5. Neat/stylish lighting schemes in the hallways and bedrooms.
6. They had a/c in all the rooms.
The things we didn't like:
1. The hotel restaurant was overpriced (as most hotel restaurants are) - but it was not good food. We had breakfast there and I had the worst eggs benedict I've ever had there. On the other hand, my boyfriend enjoyed the "Hoxton Fry".
2. Room was very stuffy/hot when we got up there, took about the first 12 hours of the A/C running to get it down to a comfortable temperature. The windows didn't open (not even a crack).
3. You need an extra room card to leave in to keep the a/c running while you're out of the room.
4. The walk to the hotel from the Tube station is a bit longer than the website advertises, and the map they provide isn't as easy to follow in reality as it suggests just looking at it.
5. The tube station they're near (Old St.) is only on one line, and we had a *lot* of diversions, delays, re-routings trying to get there the few days we were there. Also, beware, the Old St. station doesn't open until late on Sunday mornings, unlike some of the more main stations, which can be a problem if you've got early transportation requirements.
Other stuff to know:
1. The area has a lot of bars and nightclubs nearby, so if you're into that, it's a good thing.
2. The hotel lobby/bar seems to be getting really popular with the club crowd. We were there in the first week they were open and the lobby/bar was a pretty happening scene each night already.
This hotel is stylish with comfortable rooms & great bathrooms that you wouldn't get at twice the price in London. The shower was the best I've found in this country. They even give you a mini-breakfast. My only complaint is that the lobby, corridors and rooms were awfully dark, and I had trouble working at my desk. Neighbourhood is a little grotty and not especially convenient if you're going to the theatre or most museums. All in all it was a good experience; I've booked to stay there next week.
Stylish Good Value
I also spent last Saturday (2nd) and Sunday (3rd) at the Hoxton Hotel for £29 a night. As a general rule Fri/Sat/Sun will run at £59 p/n and the rest of the week £119 p/n. It's worth registering with the site (www.hoxtonhotels.com) to get notification of when they are doing more £1 p/n specials etc
The rooms and bar/restaurant have been pretty much covered below so I'll comment on the location as it would not be an obvious choice for many.
One point about the rooms is that there does appear to be some interconnecting rooms in the hotel, our room had a door (locked!) to the room next door. Useful for some.
Hoxton/Shoreditch is not pretty! However if you are there on a weekend there are many bars, restaurants and clubs in the near vicinity, some looking very hip with the usual guy dressed in black on the door. We headed to a Lebanese place on Brick Lane, a shortish walk away, for dinner one night.
The hotel bar has an interesting mix of cocktails, bar staff very friendly.
The No.55 bus passes in front of the hotel to Oxford Circus. Old St tube is about 5 mins walk away. The No.205 bus departs from City Road (by Old St Tube) and will take you all the way to Paddington but you could hop off at the Harley St stop and wander down Marylebone High St which leads on to Oxford St and so on. Or get off at Madame Tussauds if you must!
Spitalfields Market is nearby and has some great food options, particularly on a Sunday, along with clothes and jewellery and so on. The area around Liverpool St Station has numerous shops and snack places (all closed on a Sat/Sun). Brick Lane is a well trodden haunt on a Sunday.
Avoid Petticoat Lane Market, utter tat.
The area off Brick Lane around Hanbury St, E1 is good for vintage clothes shops and few interesting eateries and houses. Walkable from the hotel.
Museums etc in the near vicinity include the Geffrye Museum, Barbican Centre, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Museum of London, the Clockmaker's Museum and the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
If you felt like being adventurous, and had the time, the 43 and 214 busses leave from City Rd and head up to Highgate Village which would make a nice change of pace from central London.
The included breakfast is a Pret greek yoghurt pot with granola and fruit puree, a banana and a small bottle of freshly squeezed orange juice which is worth about £3 per head and was enough for us . Tea and coffee with fresh milk are available in the room. There's also a small fridge, but it's not very efficient!
As a final comment I checked the rate at the Holiday Inn Express, which is nearby, and that runs at £95 a night approx. - given that choice I would go with the Hoxton. Much more stylish.
We stayed one night at the Hoxton and have to admit it was amazing value for the £29 we paid. This however was a introductory offer and I wonder what the normal prices will go up to.
The location of the Hotel is not bad, especially considering that I had arrived in London at Kings Cross and needed to be at Waterloo very early the next morning. If you know London well or are in town for business then I would think that the location is good as you can easily get around by bus or tube from the area. If I was coming to London as a tourist I might want to be more centrally located.
Reception was very busy everytime we tried to approach. We had to wait about 10-15 to check in and then we were sent to a double room (we had booked twin) which had not been cleaned. They were very apologetic at reception and sent us to anouther room immediatly. The staff were friendly but apart from the manager on duty didn't quite seem to know what they were doing. But they were trying and very nice in the process.
I also asked at reception if they could organise a taxi for me to Waterloo Station for very early the next morning. I was first told to take the bus and then told that their taxi suppliers were not reliable and perhaps I should make my own arrangements which I did. I didn't find this overly impressive.
The room was nicely decorated and comfortable. The bathroom was very nice although I would have liked the option of a bath as well as a shower. There were very nice toiletries but too few towels for 2 people. There was a fridge with water and milk in the room which would have been convienent except that ours was warm and when I went to make a coffee I got cottage cheese instead of milk.
The reception and restaurant were nice althought I felt they were trying too hard to be trendy. The free breakfast was very handy if you don't require a big breakfast.
Another comment: I had printed off a map from the website which I used to get from Old Street tube station to the hotel, however there were 8 exits from the tube station and it took a bit of guess work to work out in which direction to go. Take exit 3 - the hotel is straight on, about a 5 minute walk. It would have been simple for them to add this information to the location/map page of the website.
Bottom line - comfortable hotel in decent location with some teething problems. The hotel offers brilliant value at the moment but I would wait and see how much the prices went up before I booked again.
PS If looking for a economy hotel in London also try the Premier Travel inn chain. I stayed at the Premier Travel Inn King's Cross last week for £75 (for a family of 4 but no breakfast.) Big and comfortable rooms. It may not be a trendy but I felt was very good value. The location is very central and good for buses, trains and tube but the area is pretty dodgy at night. Because the hotel is about 1 minute from tube this shouldn't be a problem.
I had a private tour
I was shown around this new hotel today
I was taken to a fourth floor room (all the floor corridors are colour coded, the fourth is yellow) The girl had difficulty getting into the room she was going to show me (teething problems ?) I saw a double overlooking Gt Eastern Street. The room was large enough considering the price and plenty of room to walk around. There was no noise from the road outside which considering how busy it can be surprised me. There is a desk with free wifi (although I heard a guest saying he couldn't get his to work - more teething problems). There is a chair with the desk and a very small sofa/chaise lounge. The flat screen tv is on an arm so that it can be moved so you can watch it from the bed.
There are a few rooms with twin beds and these are slightly larger. The photos on their web site look like exactly like the room I was shown around.
The bathroom has a large shower, toilet and wash basin. The shower has a standard head and a "drench shower"
The free breakfast is from Pret (same directors) and consists of a paper bag with orange juice, yogurt and banana hung on your door in the morning.
There is a restaurant which looked reasonably priced which also serves a cooked breakfast.
The Hoxton hotel has just opened; and as an opening promotion they offered some of their rooms for £1/night. My partner and I stayed here the day after they opened, and we were very impressed. The rooms are good sized doubles, with ensuite shower rooms (no bath), the furnishings and decoration is all very luxe and swanky. The bed is *gorgeous* - Frette sheets that I so wished I could take home, above average quality for a hotel in this price bracket. Our room had a flat screen tv, that was positionable so you could watch in bed. The tv shows most UK terrestrial and freeview channels, but was a bit temperamental - some of the channels weren't working when we stayed.
Other nice touches included coffee-making facilities (real coffee, not instant) with fresh milk in the minibar, and breakfast left outside your room in the morning. Breakfast is included in the rates, and while it's not the biggest breakfast (orange juice, granola yogurt and a banana) it's ok, and there are lots of cafes nearby if you want something more filling, and a restaurant in the lobby that do room service. There's free WiFi throughout, and the room had a keyboard so you could access the internet through the tv, but I think there was a charge for this (and I wasn't really there to surf the net!).
The check in staff were friendly and helpful, but aside from this I didn't really see any other staff during my stay. One slight negative was that during check in, a £50 'authorisation' was charged to my card - I wasn't expecting this, as it wasn't mentioned on the website or in my confirmation email. Apparently this will be refunded to my card in the next 3 days, so I'll wait and see.
As regards location, the hotel is on Great Eastern Street, near the junction of Old Street. This means it's well located for clubs and bars, and there are also lots of restaurants within walking distance (Vietnamese on Kingsland road, cute cafes and teashops towards Columbia road). I would imagine that the location would suit people in their twenties and thirties who enjoy clubbing, as there are so many good venues nearby. It's also convenient for the city, and would suit business travellers. Less than ideal maybe for a family sightseeing holiday as it's a bus/tube ride from the west end tourist attractions; but that said it's a short walk to St Pauls/Tate Modern etc, so if you were prepared to explore a bit it wouldn't be a problem. Hoxton is a more residential district than the west end, so you're seeing a more realistic view of London.
I would certainly recommend the Hoxton hotel to people, and would stay there again myself. Standard rooms are £29 - £59 a night, so it's an affordable luxury!
Finally! An affordable London Hotel I can recommend.
A wonderfully comfortable bed, fine cotton sheets, gorgeously fluffy towels, a marvellously tactile divan, I can go on and on.... and I will!
Decent sized rooms, perhaps a little small for some tastes, but beautifully appointed. There's a kettle for teas and coffees (even peppermint tea) and FRESH MILK in the fridge so you can actually enjoy a decent cuppa.
No bath, but there's a monsoon shower and a powerful shower wand. A bar of pears soap and a couple of quality shampoo conditioners. A hairdryer in the cupboard. There's a comfortable work chair too. And airconditioning which you can turn on and off yourself.
Flat screen TV with plenty of channels - there's a keyboard that allows you internet access. For £5 you can use it for 24 hours as well as see all the 'premium' films and services on offer. If you've brought a laptop, free internet access is available.
Hang your bag out in the morning for a delicious Pret yoghurt with fruit and muesli, a small bottle of freshly squeezed orange juice and a banana. There's a couple of bottles of mineral water too.
Calls to North America cost 5p a minute.
Reception staff are great - you can count on a smiling welcome, and problems are sorted out within minutes by someone intelligent and friendly.
The hotel is less than 3 minutes from Old Street Station - a bus to Holborn/Oxford Circus runs from outside the door (55).
This Hotel is what I've been crying out for for years. At between £59 & £99 per room it's comparable to a Premium Inn or Travelodge but SO much better! (I booked my own rooms here at £1 & £29).
Stylewise, it may not compare well to Hazlitts or The Gore - but it gives a great many chain hotels a proper run for their money, and there are some great resturants nearby.
I'd like this hotel to be around for a long time to come, and I want it to spawn too. That's why I'm recommending it here and why I'll be recommending it to my friends, family and colleagues.
There are a couple of downsides to the property. One is the drainage of the shower - go easy on the water pressure as it can take a while for the shower to drain. The other is privacy - most of the windows look out on other rooms. There are drapes, but no net curtains. I suggest taking a cotton gown with you so you can relax and enjoy some sunshine whilst preserving your modesty.
Overall, this has to be the best value accommodation in London. Even at £99 it offers a seriously good deal compared to anything else comparable - at £29 it's an absolute steal.
And for £1 - I felt guilty for staying there! You couldn't even get the breakfast for that!!!
Thank you Hoxton Hotel - I wish you every success!