#PillowTalk: A review of Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch

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Described as offering a “no bull” experience – The Hoxton's three trendy hotels claim to show that style doesn’t need to be sacrificed for value. During a recent weekend exploring East London, I checked in for a night at the original of the three, The Hoxton, Shoreditch to test out the theory.

I had heard only good things and the first impression certainly lived up to expectation, with a large, very swanky, yet still very hipster looking lobby welcoming me. The area is made up of cosy leather adorned seating areas, complete with chandeliers and grandeur fireplaces, some pretty impressive looking bookshelves and the hotel’s very own coffee bar. Not to mention the inclusion of a retro looking photobooth.

Also downstairs is the Hoxton Grill, a restaurant serving up classic American favourites, which also doubles up as a popular hotspot for the East London elite with a great range of cocktails and guest DJs on the weekend.

As for the bedroom itself, I tested out one of their cosy doubles, and just as described it epitomised simple and stylish. The vintage décor was coordinated with crisp white, comfy bedding and the mini bar was minimally stocked with complimentary bottled water and fresh milk for your morning coffee. A huge mirror and a roomy rainmaker shower also gave the bathroom a touch of luxury and the room was packed with the essential practicalities: Free wifi, plenty of plug sockets and an actual full length mirror in the bedroom.

A couple of additional touches that really impressed was the fold away pocket guide to East London that you can find in every room, which tells you all the best quirky places in the area to eat, drink, shop and be entertained and the breakfast in a bag consisting of a granola pot and fresh orange juice delivered to your door at your chosen time. (For the full English lovers, you can head down to the Hoxton Grill to get your hands on a more hearty breakfast for an additional cost.)

Even if you aren’t sleeping over, the Hoxton has an ongoing programme of eclectic events taking place both at the hotel and in some of the partner venues. Hoxtown, as the programme is known, is comprised of a range of different talks and workshops with everything from braiding tutorials to social media tips being covered.

Found in the heart of one of London’s trendiest areas, the Hoxton has all the laid back East London cool you would expect, with an added touch of sophistication which makes it stand out from some of the more bohemian venues in the area. And with rooms starting from roughly £120 for a double, it does so at a more than reasonable price. A great base from which to explore one of my favourite parts of the city.

*I was offered a complimentary stay at The Hoxton, Shoreditch in exchange for a review, however all opinions are my own

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