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
Absolutely amazing hotel! The room was gorgeous, the location was convenient and the staff was so friendly and welcoming.
We arrived and our room wasn't quite ready so we ate at the restaurant which was delicious. They also gave us a free drink at the bar while we waited.
The room was very comfortable and nicely decorated. I wish we could have stayed longer.
I'm planning on taking a trip in the US just to stay at one of the new Hoxton hotels.
This hotel has a soul! its amazing atmosphere at great location! Rooms are very nice, you have small breakfast every morning with fresh orange juice in small bags with early room service! Location is just perfect! you very close to tube station and with short walk you will be in Covent Garden! Every time I visit London the first place that I am checking for available room is the Hoxton hotel! They have really good restaurant and cafe at ground floor that you can enjoy with your coffee or meal! I really recommend this hotel!
Just back from 2 nights at the Hoxton, Really classy boutique hotel, just outside Holburn tube on the circle line. Really quirky hotel, loved the little details, unique room decor, breakfast in a bag - class idea btw. Great staff, bar staff brilliant, the atmosphere in the Foyer was top notch, always busy, loads of people socialising, or working/studying. Would recommend this hotel to anyone - more towards the younger crowd though!
Were really accommodating for my partners birthday, nice message and balloons in the room on arrival. Plus a free drink at the bar which was lovely.
Cool bar, shame the lobby area is filled with so many people ‘working’. Kills the vibe a bit, all in all a really cool place though.
Modern and cute rooms. I had the "Snug" room and thought the size was fine (it was just me for this stay, but I think it would be fine with two people as well). The bed was really comfortable. I'm a light sleeper and didn't hear any noise from outside or the halls that bothered me. I also thought the room was well designed and had some cute features.
It's a nice touch that they provide some water and milk in the room, along with tea, coffee, and a kettle. There's also a little bag to hang outside the door to get a small breakfast in the morning of yogurt with granola, fresh orange juice, and a banana.
There are no facilities (gym, etc.), but the main level is kind of an open space coffee shop/bar that was busy/happening.
The location is great - a short walk to Covent Garden, and only a couple minutes from the Holborn tube station.
I would suggest to the hotel to get umbrellas for the front desk to loan to guests - it was rainy the weekend of my stay, and I was surprised when I was told that they don't offer this.
Another minor note for the hotel: the front desk staff consisted of a young group of people behind the desk. They were friendly, but I did feel like I was interrupting group huddles/chats a couple of times to talk to them, so they could work on being a little more professional/customer service oriented. But again, it was nothing really problematic, just a tip for improvement.