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
Despite my short stay I had a great time! The reception staff were very nice and engaging, the Shoebox room was perfect for a solo traveler and had all amenities. I didn't get a chance to dine due to my late arrival but the receptionist recommended few options close by. When I came back from dinner I had a few drinks at the bar with a friend which was nice the bar staff were very attentive and chatty which was nice especially in the beginning when I was waiting for my friend to arrive. A late 3PM check out was a great benefit as well. Definitely recommend this place to stay. Already planning my next visit. Karel
A 25 minute walk from Waterloo station and great location to stay and explore Covent Garden and theatres. British museum is a stones throw away.
The hotel has a great vibrant bar and restaurant. Comfortable sofa seating to relax and enjoy a drink. Music playing most of time which gives it a party feel in the evening.
Staff that we met all were polite and helpful. Maybe a little slow on bringing over our drinks order.
Our climate controlled room was very clean and comfortable. With a wet room shower and all the usual room comforts. Sound insulation from the high street was very good plus good black out curtains. Breakfast was a free banana, orange juice and a granola yoghurt.
Or full breakfast in the restaurant. A little pricey but it was very nice and good quality.
We would love to return soon.
We've stayed at the Hoxton several times and we have never been disappointed. Even the smallest rooms serve their purpose.
But this time the Hox team really went out of its way to help us out. When we left we forgot our youngest daughter's cuddly toy. Drama! You can imagine! The Hox team found it and 24hours after it was on its way to meet us on our next stop in the country. what an amazing service.