As soon as you walk through the main entrance of the Hoxton on Great Eastern St, you know you are somewhere with the X Factor. The open-plan reception is linked up with the bar and restaurant, making for a buzzing atmosphere before you’ve even checked in.
With really helpful, personable staff it has a very ‘unstuffy’ appeal, and the urban decor makes it a seriously cool and edgy space.
The wow factor: The eclectic design of this unique hotel gives it a real edge. With massive piping running across the ceiling of the restaurant to the huge lamps suspended above the tables, there’s a nod to the area’s more functional roots.
This is combined with a whimsical take on decoration with random artefacts dotted around, including a bike hanging from the ceiling, ancient typewriters, loads of books, open fires and big comfy sofas. In one corner there’s a photo booth opposite a bank of Apple Macs for general use, plus there’s free WiFi throughout.
The Hox Gallery showcases UK artists – during my stay there was a quirky exhibition of portraits by Charlotte Cory who draws people dressed in Victorian outfits with animal heads.
Food and drink: After a drink at the really busy bar I managed to get a table for dinner in the Hoxton Grill. Booking definitely recommended – it’s really popular. The menu is sort of American diner meets English brasserie and has an excellent choice of steaks, burgers, Cajun dishes, salads and sandwiches. I opted for the Hanger steak and fries with a glass of Argentinian Malbec. Perfection on a plate and in a glass.
All the staff were friendly and served the many tables of happy punters with a smile and perky banter.
The rooms: My bedroom was decadently fabulous. With its dark walls and huge circular mirror it had a curious feeling of urban decadence. I loved the nifty little desk with its inbuilt sections for the TV remote, pencil notepad and corkscrew. There were lots of books and a good selection of glasses and tea-making equipment. A big leather chair sat opposite the massive bed with waffle bedspread and gloriously comfy mattress. There was a rainforest walk-in shower and the boxed Pears Soap had a little note encouraging me to take it away at the end of my stay.
It’s the perfect place for a lazy morning too as breakfast in bed is included in the room rate, or breakfast is served in the restaurant until midday.
Rooms from £49, contact the hotel for more details and special offers.
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81 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HU
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