81 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, England, EC2A 3HU
- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, Singles, Nightlife
Best for On a budget - Expert review of Hoxton Hotel
Famously the hotel that offers rooms for £1 a night, the Hoxton is great value even at its normal rates. Rooms are pretty small but well-equipped, and the place feels hip no matter the affordable rates.
Great Eastern Street is pretty much bang in the middle of the arty, fashiony Shoreditch/Hoxton area of east London. An ugly district of mostly former industrial buildings, truth be told, but a great location for nightlife, bars, food and shopping. If sightseeing is more your thing, the historic City is an easy walk to the south.
The rooms are all identical. They’re on the small side for two, but well kitted-out: fresh milk in the fridge, complimentary Prêt breakfast bag, no-mist mirrors, two-head showers, free Wi-Fi, wall TV. I rather like the city skyline view from the back, from the 5th or 6th floors, but it’s a gritty rather than pretty vista.
The open foyer retains its ‘urban lodge’ look: in effect fireplaces and a stag’s head, plus picture windows through which to watch the Shoreditch streetlife parade. The shop doesn’t charge a ridiculous mark-up on its travel adaptors, chocolate bars, wine and soft drinks, and the computer terminals are free to use.
Relaxed and cool, but pretty snappy.
Although it’s a budget hotel, the Hoxton is very heavily business-oriented in the week, with leisure customers taking advantage of better rates at weekends.
The Hoxton caught all the headlines when it opened in 2006 by offering rooms for just £1 a night. They do still release 250 rooms at this price each year… but good luck getting your hands on one. Because of the place’s deserved popularity, the hotel is more often able to charge much higher than you might expect: if you want a bargain or are planning to stay for more than a weekend, be sure to book well ahead.
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