The Hoxton, Paris
What We Love
- The gorgeous galleried lobby and courtyard, designed by the team behind Soho House
- Playing music in the room using the vintage Roberts radio
- Blackout curtains and solid sound-proofing help with a good night's sleep
What To Know
- No gym or spa
- A light breakfast comes in a bag left outside your door, or you can head down to the restaurant for something hot
- Free WiFi
Buzz was circulating about the Paris branch of the now-renowned Hoxton hotel brand for almost five years before it opened, so expectations were sky high. Hoxton’s particular combination of high design and low prices is extra appealing for young travelers who are past hostel age but not quite ready to pay through the nose for luxury guest rooms. In this hotel, room sizes start at “Shoebox” and work their way up to “Biggy,” but none of them are enormous. Luckily, you won’t be spending too much time in them: the public spaces are hyper-social and great for meeting fellow travelers. There’s a bar and restaurant that locals have made their own; a courtyard where the hotel hosts yoga classes, workshops, and other events; and basement rooms for private parties or meetings. The spaces function for all sort of different purposes—you can work with your laptop, chat over wine, or stretch out next to strangers all in the same place—and the ambience is relaxed and fun, though probably best suited for couples and groups of friends rather than families.
In the Area
This part of the 2nd arrondissement, a former garment district, is start-up central and home to plenty of hip eating and drinking options as well as within walking distance from must-visits like the Louvre and the Jardin du Palais-Royal. Late-night drinks should be had in La Boissonnière, a hip little wine bar with good beer and small plates; it’s just a four-minute walk from the Hoxton. For something a little more outré, stroll over to Silencio, the David Lynch-owned members club, which is open to the general public most evenings for programs that include art shows, film screenings, DJ sets, and author talks. For getting work done during the day, Matamata Coffee Bar serves up specialty brews with a feel-good, communal vibe.
How to Get There
A friend had recommended it and after reading a few reviews and looking at the pictures, we decided to go for it.
You won't be disappointed, pretty central location and 15 min walk to the Louvre and for shopping.
The staff are very welcoming and very helpful.
You enter a lovely covered courtyard where you can eat the best pastries ever and relax on the cool sofas.
The rooms are really cool and comfortable
The place comes alive in the evening, with a restaurant and two bars! A cool little cocktail bar upstairs and one downstairs with a dj playing some great tracks which had everyone buzzing.
We're coming back here next time
The hotel is beautiful no doubt about it. The public areas are cosy and are a great hub for the hotel. We really liked the idea that you could hang out in a beautiful common area and enjoy a drink etc. Our room was a biggy, large room with a bath tub and same wonderful decor. At first glance we were in love with this hotel and would have gladly returned.
However, the service in the restaurant and the lobby is woeful. Lovely friendly young staff but they are either inexperienced or mismanaged. We booked dinner at Rivie on Saturday night. It took 20 minutes to get a menu or any kind of attention. We made a simple order of sparkling water and two cocktails while we waited for our food. After another 20 minutes of no drinks and no bread we reminded the waitress who seemed confused. Then our main course arrived at the same time as our pre dinner drinks. Asked for a dessert menu and were promptly forgotten again. We had to remind the waitress again. These are small things but they are frustrating and ruin the experience. There was a table of 9 behind us who were very frustrated and had no menus after a 30 minute wait at least. They had to complain to get anywhere. There seem to be alot of staff running around with no real effect. So many tables looking frustrated. Management need to get on top of this very quickly. Your food and beverage is a great product in a beautiful setting but the soft product - your service - is very poor and overshadows everything else.
Same experience in the lobby Sunday. The waitress in the morning was very kind and gave us free coffee and pastry to compensate for things and was genuinely interested in our feedback. But Sunday afternoon after a long day out we wanted to relax with a drink in the lobby. Tried signaling a waitress twice and was ignored. After 20 minutes or so we gave up and left.
One last thing. The hotel is a great meeting point for locals and we can see why. But as a guest don't expect to find a place to sit easily. There are groups of locals camped out with their macbooks all day. That's cool - its the hotels things to be a meeting place and local hub - but as a paying guest don't expect any preference.
Overall we think this can be a great hotel. We wanted to love it (and we do in many ways) but somebody needs to get on top of service and manage it.
This hotel could be great. A lovely lobby and courtyard area.
Rooms are fine, opt for bigger ones if you like some space but the cosy room was adequate. Nice toiletries, comfy bed with good linen and towels. No magnifying mirror but the majority of guests were young and probably didn’t need!
Staff very friendly but unfortunately not great! All very young and seemed to need training/supervision.
Gave up trying to have a drink after it took 25 mins for two bottles of champagne on our daughters birthdays!
The lobby and courtyard areas are lovely and would have loved to have been able to use them more but the lack of service and the fact that they seemed to be very busy with people coming in for the evening and not hotel guests meant we didn’t bother.
We booked as daughter had stayed at Hoxton in Amsterdam and was very disappointed not to get the same service.
A colleague recommended this hotel and I was hesitant about the cost but it was worth every penny. The hotel photos look beautiful but the room was actually more stunning in person. We stayed in the smallest size room that overlooked the courtyard, it wad bright, clean and just enough room for two people. I also loved the lobby/restaurant area! This will be my go-to hotel chain from now on! My only complaint is they do not offer bathrobes and most other hotels at this price point do.
The Hoxton is a great addition to the Paris hotel scene. Newly opened the hotel is surrounded in history but is completely modern. They have done well to add some great retro touches that surprise and delight all the way through the hotel.
Staff were very friendly and could not do enough to help. The gentleman that checked us in even took us up to our room.
The little touches like the free breakfast bag were unexpected and a great way to start the day along with a café from their lobby area. They have their own Hoxton coffee blend that you simply have to try. They also have free water in the room (2 still and 2 sparkling and milk) that are refreshed daily that help when you come in after a long day's touring.
The room was excellent (we took the mid-range room) and we ended up on Level 4 with a balcony which was great to get outside and have breakfast.
The restaurant was busy every night as was the lounge/bar area. It is the place to be at the moment for local Parisians who seek it out as a meeting point with friends. Although this created a great ambiance on the weekends. We ate in the restaurant and the food was delicious, service quick and the red wine (Sincere) matched the food perfectly.
Jacques, the speak easy cocktail bar on Level 1 is worth the search to find it. Some yummy beverages await you here.
The hotel is really well located in the 2nd department just a stroll from Les Halles, L'Opera, Galleries Lafayette. Surrounded by 3 metro stations, you can get just about anywhere in Paris and it's also a short Metro ride away from Gare du Nord and Gare du Sud. Walk out of the hotel and turn left and meander through some great streets in the Marais area on your way down to the Seine for some great finds and truly Parisian experiences.
There are no bathroom extras like toothbrushes, toothpaste etc, but most people have these. For the price, you expect to have these but you can get away without it. The rest of the facilities make up for it.
It's worth the little extra cash you might spend for your stay but you will not regret it.
Stayed in May 2018