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REVIEW: The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch

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REVIEW: The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch

WHAT? The Hoxton Hotel is tirelessly modern in style and service, its industrial-style lobby (typical of hipster hangouts) warmed up with mismatched furniture, roaring fireplaces and kooky lighting.

Trendy staff zip about serving cocktails and coffees, as freelancers furiously tap at laptops and clients catch up on New York-style red leather banquettes in the adjoining Bar & Grill. Newspapers, books and games are spread across upcycled tables and desks, inviting visitors to sit and linger well beyond check out time.

The Hoxton Hotel interiors, Shoreditch

WHERE? Bang in the middle of Great Eastern Street, you’ll find yourself a few minutes’ walk from Shoreditch High Street overground and Old Street underground stations.

The hotel’s not far from a litany of great nightclubs, trendy restaurants and watering holes plus tons of shops, as well as the vintage shops and curry houses of Brick Lane. Then there’s the ever-changing Boxpark and Spitalfields market to sink your teeth into – and no Sunday is complete without coffee and a wander along nearby Columbia Road flower market.

WHY GO? Aside from the gorgeous interiors, achingly hip atmosphere and squidgy beds, we love that the mini bars aren’t stuffed with extortionately priced snacks and drinks waiting to catch out weary travellers.

Instead, there’s a tuck bar at check-in, stocked with goods at high street prices for you to buy and snaffle upstairs (plus supermarkets practically next door if you do care to leave the place). If, like us, you want to delay stepping out as long as possible, late check out is available up to 5pm, for just £5 per hour. Dreamy.

Rooms come in three denigrations: ‘Shoebox’, ‘Cosy’ (which we had the pleasure of staying in, comfortably fitting a Queen size bed, two people and their wordly goods) and ‘Roomy’. All are kitted out with the same crisp linens, flat screen TVs, parquet floors, power showers and telephones offering free international calls, differing only in size.

Each morning, a light breakfast bag drop is delivered to your door (containing a banana, muesli pot and orange juice), though a bacon sandwich or Full English can be obtained from the downstairs restaurant should the hangover loom heavily. Wi-fi’s free, too.

HOW MUCH? The smallest ‘Shoebox’ and ‘Cosy’ rooms start at £99, which is incredible value given the supremely central location and beautiful design. As an East London hotel or hang out spot, this comes highly recommended.

DETAILS: Thehoxton.com/london/shoreditch/hotels

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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