Every now and then I like to take a little time out on the weekend and just relax. This means no laptop, no partying, no alarm clocks just me time. This month I got serious about my time out and booked a night at my favourite spot, The Hoxton hotel in Holborn. This was the weekend after my Paris trip and a blogger event I organised at work so by Friday evening I was exhausted. This was also the weekend before a big press party for work so you can imagine I was feeling a little bit rundown and anxious.
I spent Saturday afternoon doing a little bit of shopping and getting my nails done so nothing too strenuous. I arrived at The Hoxton hotel in Holborn in the evening and as I walked through the door and heard the DJ playing reggae music, I knew straight away I was going to like it even more here. As you will see from other posts and my Instagram I get involved in a lot of the events at the Hoxton and I had my birthday at Cheeky a few months back too but I have never actually stayed in the hotel.
As I have a blog now I thought it would be good to do a little review of my stay so you can check it out too, if you like what you read that is. I will give marks out of 5 for each section with 5 being the best and 1 being the worst.
Arrival and check in 5/5
Relaxing reggae music is a clear winner obviously! In addition to that the receptionist greeted me with a smile (it’s the little things), gave me a full run down on what’s in my room, how to order breakfast, where to have dinner and answered a few questions I had. It wasn’t too crowded in the bar, library area either which was nice.
I like that the staff uniform isn’t a stuffy shirt and tie situation because this hotel is cool, their branding is very tongue and cheek and it’s a fun place to hang out after work or on the weekend. There are loads magazines to read (extensive fashion titles) and they have MAC computers in the lobby area too so its like a massive living room.
The room 4/5
I love that all the floors have a different theme and décor, the 3rd floor where I stayed is contemporary/ 1950’s. When I opened the door to my cosy room, jazz music was playing on a 1950’s style radio, very nice touch. The bed was lovely and big, well bigger than my bed at home and there was a huge round mirror, perfect for selfies. There was a vintage fold down cabinet with a survival guide listing local amenities and numbers to call. The TV was massive; the fridge was stocked with complimentary bottles of water and milk for making tea and there was a leather arm chair in the corner. I liked the lighting too, I have a thing for lamps.
The bathroom had a power shower with a big round head that makes you feel like you’re at a spa or somewhere super fancy. The only negative was the lack of space for all of my foolishness. There weren’t any hooks on the bathroom door to hang my towels and there wasn’t much space to display all my toiletries and cosmetics, I like to do my makeup in the bathroom mirror.
I used the paper bag provided to order my breakfast and stated how many portions I wanted and when I wanted it delivered the next morning. I left the bag on a hook outside my room and by some miracle the next morning when I woke up my order had been fulfilled and delivered on time. Breakfast consisted of complimentary granola with yoghurt, a banana and a bottle of orange juice. This is all good if you like Granola and yoghurt but I’m one of those people who is not involved with that kind of thing. It did feel good starting the day with a piece of fruit though, nice and healthy. There are other food options downstairs in the restaurant or next door at the Holborn Grind coffee shop so I decided to go there for a hot chocolate and a croissant later in the day.
Local Amenities 5/5
On Saturday night I had dinner at Chicken Shop and the lift from my floor took me all the way down to the restaurant which is underneath the hotel. I was so impressed especially after I ate so much and needed to lay down straight after dinner. I just jumped in the lift and was back to my room within minutes. I have done a separate post about Chicken shop here.
There are so many restaurants and bars within walking distance if you want to leave the hotel. There is a Sainsbury’s supermarket a few doors down if you fancy stocking up on snacks and drinks for your room. There is a cash point across the road too.
The location couldn’t be better, the hotel is a 2 minute walk from Holborn underground station and there are so many buses that stop nearby. On the Sunday I checked out but left my bags with reception jumped on a bus outside the hotel and arrived at Oxford Circus 10 minutes later, perfect!
The Hoxton Hotel Holborn is 100% It’s a Style Thing approved! I like the cool relaxed vibe, the staff are friendly and helpful, there are loads of places nearby and within the hotel to eat and drink, it’s in Central London, it’s easy to find, the room was definitely cosy and very clean and I had the best night sleep. I felt super relaxed and ready for the week ahead after just one night here. I just wish I could stay there for a week. Oh and there is free Wi-Fi everywhere, even in the restaurant under the hotel and the Coffee shop next door. The thick soundproof windows are genius; I didn’t hear any of the traffic on the main road outside. When can I move in?
Thank you for having me and see you again soon The Hoxton Holborn
Dom Dominique xx