Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
What We Love
- Chilling with the locals in the sunken bar and dining space out the back
- Nice if you can get it: a seat at the chef’s table in the restaurant
- Ordering a late-night bento box via room service
What To Know
- The Miyabi Suite can connect with up to six rooms, so there’s plenty of space for your entourage
- There’s no gym but a spa is on the way
- Try the red rice beer at the bar
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Shoreditch was a smart choice for Nobu’s first European hotel—the area’s getting cooler by the minute and the hotel’s funky, spiky, ultra-modern architecture brings an edgy vibe to the neighborhood. Shoreditch still feels like you have to be “in the know,” though the cool crowd has definitely discovered it, and they’ve discovered Nobu as wel—not just the swank restaurant that anchors the property but the open-air bar in the back, too. Rooms here are unfussy and play up the Asian influence with wooden slats to cover the windows, furniture that’s low to the ground, and Japanese tea sets. It all feels very urban and new, down to the bathrooms which are tricked out with gold sinks. The restaurant is scene-y, of course, but what can you do? It’s Nobu.
In the Area
Shoreditch is heating up at a rapid rate, and Nobu isn’t the only chic hotel that’s set up shop here. There’s a growing number of cool bars and restaurants to check out, too, starting with Trapeze Bar, a circus-themed bi-level party palace where a snake charmer might wander past on you the dance floor at any moment. Tramshed, a former tram-generator building, now houses a chic chicken-and-steak restaurant from Mark Hix. The art on display here is always on point—keep an eye out for Damien Hirst’s “Cock ‘n’ Bull” installation. You can stop in at any time of day at The Book Club, a former warehouse turned café, restaurant, and exhibition space that the cool kids call home, especially at night when they host “Thinking and Drinking” events. If you decide to leave Shoreditch, the nearest tube station is a five-minute walk from the hotel.
How to Get There
Beautiful small hotel, with an excellent and careful decoration with a Japanese touch. Excellent restaurant with a high quality Japanese tasting menu. Offering a delicious and varied breakfast Room with exquisite taste with all kind of details. The best... the staff. Especially Lino and Tariq. Really a very good experience!! (subway 5 minutes walking)
Decor was tastful and the architecture was thoughtful and interesting. Room was spacious and quiet.
Delayed Check in
We arrived at 3pm to be told the room wasn't ready and returned again at 5pm to be told that the room was being inspected.
Check in did not take place till 6pm.
Reception staff handled the check in poorly, a 5min room inspection turned into an agonizing 45min wait with no notice or update from the duty manager. It was nearly 3hrs from check in and we were left baffled,jetlagged and made to wait aimlessly.
Poor Luggage Handling
When we finally got to the room and despite having dropped our bags off hours earlier, there were no signs of our luggage. I had to call for them to be sent after waiting for 45mins.
Rancid Odours and Fumes
We were awoken at 7am, choking from an overpowering odour that was getting stronger by the minute.
I dragged myself out of bed to find the entire corridor filled with oily, rancid and foul smelling fumes.
When notified, the hotel staff simply shrugged their shoulders and said there's nothing they could do about the situation.
We checked out at 9am, having barely slept.
Really, why should you pick this hotel over all the other great choices in trendy Shoreditch? I will tell you why in one word: STAFF!
This hotel has the most lovely group of people ever. Truly. It started with a phone call to discuss upgrading an online booking. Daniela on the line was so sweet and so genuine, I immediately felt she was going to do everything in her power to make our experience special. I was right! She found out the purpose of our stay and made sure we had surprise treats to help us celebrate.
The rooms are typically smaller ( like most London hotels), but beautifully decorated and modern. They use fab amenities, the bathroom is very spacious and bathtub/shower very inviting!
Tariq, the front manager, accompanied us to our room and sent up complimentary tea service to refresh and revive us. That special touch was most welcomed.
This hotel has a great work-out facility with the latest workout equipment and fresh fluffy towels. I wish I had had time to experience their spa. Next time!
Lastly, Ro, Nobu’s concierge extraordinaire, found us the most amazing eateries in the area and helped us locate some very cool yoga studios right around the corner. He was smiley and charming and ready to assist with whatever we needed.
We had a great experience at Nobu. I know that I will go back again. Nice hotels are just shells if you don’t have a great team to support them and make guests welcomed. This lovely hotel hit the mark. So go.