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
On the flight back to the US yesterday, my wife and I were discussing what the favorite part of our trip to Paris was. Ordinarily, the consensus on our trips generally aligns with best food item, meal, sight, experience, etc. Not this time….our favorite part of this trip was staying at The Hoxton.
In spite of being fortunate enough to have stayed at some of the highest rated properties in the world, I generally regard hotels as a commodity. There are so many nice hotels and differentiation is difficult because the utility is simply a place to lay my head at night.
The Hoxton has changed my mind. It is a singular experience and in many ways, evokes the most Parisian feelings we had while being in Paris. I assume this is the realization of a purposeful design. To create a place of gathering where the staying is secondary to the being. If so, I would say they have succeeded tremendously.
My only regret is that I didn’t steal a bottle of the Wood scented body wash because it is divine and appears to only be available at the hotel.
If this is your first or even fiftieth time to Paris, I would not recommend, but rather demand that you stay at The Hoxton
We stayed for a long weekend and had a room on the 4th floor. Considering the hustle and bustle as you walk into this place, the room was quiet, really well fitted out and the breakfast bag was a lovely touch. The food they served was fantastic, the cocktail bar was of really high quality, as was the wine bar. The service from all was great and will certainly be visiting again! Thanks for a great stay.
Very welcoming staff that left us a special treat and hand written note in our room. We loved the hotel bars and the extremely comfortable bed and great shower. Perfectly located for exploring Paris. We hope to be back!
Stayed for 4 nights. Hotel was suggested by others, but we loved it. Very convenient location, modern and well designed, well furnished and maintained. Great atmosphere, so you do not feel like you are in hotel but in a common meeting place. Certainly not cheap, but worth it.
I stayed here on a beautiful warm autumn evening. While that was good for walking around it meant that the bar in the courtyard was busy and very noisy. My first floor room looked out onto the courtyard and the noise intrusion into the room was considerable.
The response from reception was basically a shrug and, when I asked for them, some earplugs. The hotel was full and there was nothing they could do. “Next time” I could ask for a quieter room. How can any hotel at this price point think it is in any way acceptable to have noisy rooms and quiet rooms? Sorry, Hoxton, but there won’t be a next time for me, which is a shame as the room was otherwise well equipped, decent shower, WiFi etc.