The Hoxton, Holborn, London
Opened in: September 2014
Owned by: Ennismore
The story: The Hoxton is the second hotel to open up under the Hoxton umbrella. The hugely successful debut in Shoreditch launched in 2006 and was the first foray into hospitality by Pret a Manger co-founder turned hotelier, Sinclair Beecham. It promised a “no bullshit hotel” with no queues at check-in, no expensive bottles of water in the mini bars and no extortionate call charge rates and it didn’t disappoint.
After eight years, The Hoxton Holborn opened earlier this year with Toby Garden at the helm, following a seven-year stint with boutique hotel stalwart, Firmdale. Not only that, but the restaurant, bar and public areas are run in partnership with the Soho House group.
Why we like it: The Hoxton Holborn ticks so many boxes when it comes to the definition of boutique. Quirky design; check, forward-thinking staff; check, inspirations from its local area; check – the hotel strives to gives guests the ultimate combination of sleeping, eating and drinking in the heart of Holborn.
The Hoxton Holborn takes its home within a Grade-II listed building and features 174 bedrooms spread over five floors. The rooms duck-down duvets and 280 thread count linen on every bed and feature design nods to the local area. With the famous Chicken Shop serving up rotisserie dishes, the ground floor home to Holborn Grind coffee shop and Cheeky’s Nail Bar, this is so much more than just a place to rest your head.
General manager, Toby Garden says: “We had a few setbacks before our launch, with the building being a grade-II listed building and townhouse, but that couldn’t be helped. With our Chicken Shop and Holborn Grind coffee shop, we are really thinking outside the box and bringing something new to the area. Guests don’t just come here to stay, they come to experience everything else we have on offer.”
TripAdvisor rating: 48 EXCELLENT