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
I gave this one star to get everyone's attention, particularly the management who are to blame more than any individual staff member. I might not have made the cleverest decision in booking this when I did. I probably should have sussed that there is a theatre across the road which leads to a lot of pre and post business which clutters the lobby and foyer. I couldn't have predicted the VERY LOUD 80's disco in the restaurant. on the night we THOUGHT we had a reservation (they rang the room and confirmed) but evidently did not when we went down for dinner. There followed a comedy of errors except it wasn't funny, we were left for an hour before they eventually sat us down after being pressed again and then sloppily served some very badly cooked and presented 'food'. Sure it was a busy Valentine's night but they should have known that. There was evidently some running staff dispute going on in the office, and the restaurant and bar staff argued about whether we could transfer our tab from one to the other. All in all thoroughly unprofessional and upsetting.
To be fair we had a nice lunch earlier in the day. And the private part of the hotel (we were on the ground floor at the back) is quiet. The rooms are quirky like they said and clean. The breakfast in a bag service is a good idea but was poorly executed (who runs out of orange juice?). The manager apologised when we left and told us that was not the service they were aiming for and to give him a shout when we were next back there. Well, no s#!7 Sherlock but we won't be back, sorry.
After reading the wonderful reviews on this hotel I was really looking forwards to our stay here. My worry was how busy people had said the hotel was due to free wifi but i was happy to overlook this for the perks others had reviewed.
Just before writing this i had a look to see if anybody else had a similar experience to myself but i just seem to be the unfortunate one on this occasion.
I visited Paris for the first time for my 21st birthday and over valentines. When first arriving late at night the staff were pleasant and helpful.
The first night was quiet and i had a wonderful sleep (comfortable beds).
Unfortunately my stay went all downhill from here. I quickly gave up on the breakfast bags due to having bruised banana’s. The breakfast at the restaurant downstairs was OK but i could venture into paris for better for half the price.
From the second night onwards i felt like our room was situated above a bouncing 18 year olds club night. All i hear constantly is music thumping and people chattering. Bearing in mind our room was on the 3rd floor i fear for the sleep deprivation the lower floors are experiencing. The corridor can be heard constantly especially the closing and opening of other hotel room doors.
Our first full day in paris my partner surprised me with a birthday banner and some balloons for my birthday, i did think out of courtesy the hotel would leave a little message saying happy birthday etc. But i received nothing. It is just the extent i would expect and have experienced at any other hotel at these prices for rooms.
Personally, i believe this hotel needs to revisit what their aim is, a hangout for university students or a friendly hotel with a nice lobby for relaxing drinks. (When ordering an iced tea in the lobby i waited 20 minutes to be seen to by a waiter, and the order came wrong). Unfortunately i will not being staying at the hoxton paris again. I suggest they invest in some soundproofing and possibly some shutters for rooms that overlook the courtyard to keep out the loud noise.
My family had a wonderful Christmas holiday in Paris and our stay at The Hoxton was amazing! Our BIGGY rooms were comfortable, quiet and the hotel was well situated for easy walking access to many of Paris' finest sights. We loved the center courtyard, the hip bar downstairs at the entrance and the delicious daily breakfast "in a bag". We stayed over Cristmas Eve night and the next morning we were surprised to find festive gingerbread men in our breakfast bags! A cleaver touch! Would highly recommend.....
The 'Hox' as it is known to its regulars is a wonderful and stylish home away from home. The hotel has been designed so that the vast majority of rooms overlook a quiet internal courtyard to guarantee a good night sleep. Special mention to Vikash and his team @ reception for their warm welcome & to Guillaume & Co @ Planche, the new wine bar with gourmet nibbles/planches... 'a trouvaille' (a great find) as they say in France!
Serene top floor room, quiet during day, great to hang out for coffee or drinks, yummy dishes to nosh on -- hopping night scene & weekend brunch. Four years to remodel the buildings & grounds, and it shows! And yes, our French skills are tepid, so it was a welcome to check in and communicate in English after traveling on two planes and three cities in 17 hours.