I will admit: I am quite biased writing this post. For one, I live in Shoreditch not too far from the original Hoxton Hotel — local enough to even have hosted a party there once. I also am forever “working from home” (a.k.a, from hotels and cafes that will feed me and let me use their wifi). The Hoxton/The Hoxton Holborn have become my two favourite go-to spots. But actually staying in the hotel? Spoiler alert: I loved The Hoxton Amsterdam. Having stayed in independent hotels quite literally around the world, I’m a pretty good judge on whether hotels are worth it — or not. The Hoxton Amsterdam? Worth it.
Our stay at The Hoxton Amsterdam began — like all good trips do — with a 3 a.m wake-up call and a seemingly-forever-taking trek through cobblestone streets, cumbersome suitcase in tow. (It actually took 15 minutes. The Hoxton is super close to Amsterdam’s Centraal Station. I’m just a princess when I’m tired).
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A bit disoriented and tired as can be, we made it to The Hoxton Amsterdam. The hotel faces one of the many stunning canals smack-dab in the Nine Streets area, a grid of waterways and canal-homes each more beautiful than the last. Stag, being ‘in-the-moment’ wonderful husband that he is, turned to me right as we reached the hotel building: “Why don’t we just stop for a moment and appreciate this view together?”
I — the Harbinger of Ruined Moments — humoured him for about five seconds before I yanked his sleeve. “Okay, that’s enough. We have less than 3 days to see this entire city, and this gal needs a coffee before do that”
Who says romance is dead?
As soon as we stepped inside the hotel reception area, though, I was instantly at ease. Much like its London counterparts, the Amsterdam outpost has a certain ‘buzz’ about it, full of young creatives working, friends brunching and Shoreditch-types meeting for coffee chats. Essentially, like everywhere in East London.
At the hotel check-in, the incredibly friendly (and, of course, super hip) receptionists instantly handed us bottles of water, which I gratefully downed immediately. After chatting, they provided us with a very useful list of recommended neighbourhood spots to eat and drink. All independent, and all exactly the type of places we’d want to be visiting: half were already on my itinerary.
We made our way to our room to freshen up for the day. As usual, we went for the Standard Room — our budget doesn’t allow for anything more, really — and although the room was small as expected, it surprised us how un-small it felt. The interiors were spotless: every design element was put in its best place, which meant nothing felt clunky or in the way.
Little touches — the old-fashioned radio playing upbeat music when we arrived, cold water in the mini-fridge, a nice array of teas, coffees and biscuits — were delightful surprises. Breakfast arrived at your door in the morning via a brown bag you left on your door handle at night, at the time you requested. This was a wonderful little perk for perpetual snoozers like us.
However, the breakfast of orange juice, a banana and a small pot of yoghurt was really more like a snack (which is made clear when booking — so we were fine with this). Just something to be aware of, if you like a bigger breakfast in the morning and are budgeting a trip. Make sure to factor in an extra breakfast. Like a visit to Pancakes Amsterdam nearby. Just saying.
I’m often a stickler for bathroom quality in hotels. The one in The Hoxton Amsterdam, of course, was spotless, with a modern black-and-white scheme that I’m sure Stag would want in our future home. His 6’3″ self was also very pleased with the tall standing shower. Tall people: rejoice!
Although we’ve been to The Hoxton branches to work and eat no less than a zillion times, this was the first time we had ever stayed as a guest in one of the hotels. And I would be lying if I didn’t say, well, I felt special because of it. Excited, in the way I only get when I’ve come to a great boutique, interesting hotel.
The important question, then: would we stay at The Hoxton Amsterdam again? Absolutely, on any trip tto Amsterdam. Stag and I are now attempting to find an excuse to stay in The Hoxton’s London branches. Perhaps a staycation is in our future?
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Have you stayed in The Hoxton Amsterdam? What did you think? Have you stayed in any of the other Hoxton locations worldwide? Or even — gasp — in London? The dream!