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
Hoxton have nailed their brand offering! We have stayed at Hoxton's in Shoreditch, Holborn and Amsterdam. Holborn is my favourite - the rooms are so cool, they include all the amenities you require, and you get a free breakfast in the morning. The reception foyer, bar, restaurant area is always buzzing. Such a great place to hang out, and if you have the opportunity to stay you won't be disappointed.
We were staying in London overnight for a visit to see Chess at the Coliseum Theatre and wanted somewhere with a good location but not overly expensive. Comfort was important too, of course.
The hoxton certainly ticked every box. Although we chose the smallest room - The Shoebox - and one that is best suited for singles we were pleasantly surprised by how much room we had. No need for the double bed to be against a wall - as has been the case in previous small rooms in other hotels. Okay if you're staying for several days there would be issues of where to hang clothes and put suitcases but for an overnight or 2 night stay this is perfectly fine.
The shower was lovely - although hopefully one day someone will invent a hotel shower that doesn't soak the whole bathroom floor. And toiletries supplied.
We loved the idea of a breakfast bag - included in the price too. As were the bottles of water. Excellent!
All in all, very hard to fault the hotel at all.
I stayed at The Hoxton last night as I was in London for a training day. The staff on reception were extremely welcoming and helpful. The room was pristine, the bathroom sparkled and included lovely toiletries and the bed was so comfy. I don’t normally sleep well in hotels but I had a great night’s sleep: it was so quiet. I ordered room service which was delivered promptly and was delicious. I would be more than happy to return .
Nice, modern hotel only a couple of minutes walk from the Holborn Station.
In the evenings it’s packed with people and loud music in the lobby/bar area.
The rooms are really nice. We had a cosy room but could probably have managed with one size down.
Instead of the traditional breakfast you get a little bag with a banana, yoghurt and a yummy orange juice. A nice little touch!
If you want privacy going to the toilet the frosted glass door doesn’t quite provide you with that...
Pros: A. I have traveled widely in Europe and this was the quietest hotel I have ever stayed in. 4 nights and we never heard a sound from outside our room. Nothing from people walking down the hall talking, closing the door to their room, etc. No TV or sounds of any other kind seeping thru the walls. Nothing from outside the hotel, sirens etc.
B. It is about a block to the subway.
C. The clerks bent over backward to be helpful. I know - hotel clerks are usually helpful but this bunch bent over backwards. If one was not sure of the best way to get to X, for example, one or two others would drift over to be of help.
Negatives: Just one. Be careful when you pick your room.
You have 4 choices. The cheapest is very, very small. I would say that one person is the limit. #2 is very small. Just enough room for a bed & one chair. #3 is closer (in my opinion) to livable for two people. Presumably #4 is, "not bad at all."