The Hoxton, Holborn
What We Love
- The fresh milk for in-room tea and coffee
- The London-themed wallpaper and blue-and-white design of the custom-made Pen and Ink toiletries are on point
- The prices in the lobby shop; you can pick up a bottle of champagne for the same amount you’d pay in the supermarket
What To Know
- Breakfast is included and comes in a handy go-bag
- There's no gym, but you can borrow a bike
- Free WiFi
The neighborhood of Holborn is often overlooked as a base for London travelers due to its business vibe, which can seem quiet. But it’s fabulously close to excellent restaurants, just a couple of Tube stops from livelier neighborhoods like Covent Garden and Leicester Square, and nearby lots of parks which fill up with Londoners at the merest hint of sunshine. It’s a smart choice to stay here, and The Hoxton makes it even smarter, offering neat rooms, communal workspaces, and a couple of fab dining options. Rooms start small (the tiniest ones are called “Shoeboxes” so if you’re sharing one with someone, make sure you like them) and don’t get much bigger. While they have the feel of a design-forward ship’s cabin, space-saving touches like flip-lid desks make it easier to maneuver. The public areas are often full, not just with guests but with locals coming to snack on rotisserie chicken at the basement Chicken Shop, have small plates and cocktails (and breakfast and brunch) at the all-day Hubbard & Bell, and plug in laptops at the trendy Holborn Grind café where they can work away until happy hour.
In the Area
The hotel is just steps from the Holborn tube station, which makes it easy to access to all of London, but there’s plenty to do in the area. A few minutes’ walk brings you to Bread Ahead, home of London’s best donuts. (Try the lemon curd, made with real zest.) The British Museum is a short stroll north; not only is it one of the world’s best museums for history lovers, it’s also free, so you can pop in once a day if you feel like it. Shoppers can reach Oxford Street, home to what feels like every store under the sun, in five minutes; you’ll also find the 100 Club here, which hosts a huge range of live music shows from cover bands to metal to Brit Pop. One of London’s loveliest Victorian pubs, The Lamb, is a half-mile from the hotel—order a pint of locally brewed Camden Hells lager and enjoy sitting behind the “snob screen” glass partitions that once protected middle-class customers from the hoi polloi.
How to Get There
We settled on this hotel because of the location, vibe and cost. We were really disappointed by the size of the rooms (we chose the largest room). There was barely enough room for our two small suitcases to live. There is no storage anywhere, including the bathroom (no closet) and this made for a lot of clutter and stepping over things. The lobby is cool, good coffee bar and bar. Great location close to the tube, shops and restaurants. Despite this, we would choose a different hotel if we returned to London.
Had a great stay on our theatre trip to London. Great location to see most of London. It’s quite a cool and trendy hotel aimed at thirty somethings, which we are not, but it made us feel so. Beds comfy and staff really friendly. Breakfast bags on the door a nice touch. We would stay again.
Just finishing up a four day stay in their largest rooms. The roomie room was nice and the bed very comfortable. However this is where the good review ends. The lobby area is a disaster and the management does not seem to care about their hotel guests versus the locals who have free access to the lobby at any time during the day and night to use have free Wi-Fi, free electric, free music. First I thought this is a very lively environment but I could never find a place to sit, neither for breakfast or afternoon drinks. I have to review this hotel very poorly. There’s a lot of staff but they are more well coming to outsiders then hotel guests. Seating areas as well as tables are reserved for outsiders throughout the day, Making it impossible to find a place to sit and meet your own guests or family members that you are trying to meet in the lobby. The live music in the lobby is so loud that you end up screaming at each other. If you do happen to find a place to sit for breakfast the selections seems reasonable, the food that we had was OK but all hot dishes arrived cold. And our coffee, which we ordered before the food, always arrived after we were already half through our meals. This place could be so much better if management would reserve seats for their guests rather than let every Tom Dick and Harry occupy the whole lobby for 12 hours a day nursing one glass of water or a cup of coffee that’s some even bring in from the outside . It is impossible to imagine that when you come down in the morning into the lobby that there is absolutely no place to sit without having had a reservation first. And I mean a reservation to sit down! The same goes for any time throughout the day. The place is filled up with people but we could never get a seat in the lobby of the hotel where we just paid $3000 to stay. It is mind boggling that people return to this place when one can stay in an equally nice room in an equally good location without the craziness that goes on in the lobby.
We stayed 4 nights and I really have nothing negative to say! It's a great hotel, modern, comfortable, and a wonderful location. We stayed in a Roomy room and it was very nice. We would have liked a bit more clothes storage space (there is an open unit with some shelves and a few hangers, and two drawers under the bed), but otherwise we really liked the room, and the bed was comfortable. The lobby is always busy and bustling, which is actually nice, makes it feel very alive, the hotel has nice energy. The restaurant has excellent food. The staff are all very nice, welcoming and accommodating. We will definitely stay here on our next trip to London.
Stayed one night in one of the small rooms. They are cosy but fine for 2 of you given you don’t usually go to London to sit in your bedroom. The rooms are nicely done and very comfortable. We liked the breakfast bag and there is decent coffee, fresh milk and water all free in the room. Bathroom is a small wet room but again nicely done. Staff were very friendly. The location is great for central London and the price is excellent compared to other hotels in the area. The bar area is very busy with residents and lots of people using it to work etc. But we managed to get to get a seat when we wanted one. Also despite it being busy and on a main road we had a great quiet nights sleep. Will definitely use this hotel again.