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A lovely hotel and a bargain at £1....if you can get it!
The Hoxton Hotel (London)
Member Name: emj83
The Hoxton Hotel (London)
Advantages: Friendly staff, nice room, can get a bargain
Disadvantages: Our room was a little noisy
I have just come back from a stay at The Hoxton Hotel in London and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I managed to get one of the elusive £1 rooms in the Hoxton Hotel sale. If you've never heard of this, then I definitely recommend signing up for the email reminders. Basically, several times a year the hotel make 5 rooms available per night over a 3 month period for £1 and 5 rooms per night at £29. This is a huge saving- I have just looked at prices and on an equivalent Saturday night in September it costs £149!!! It is very very difficult to get hold of the cheap rooms as I think (according to the website) thousands of people try to grab a bargain. It sure is one!
Anyhow, the hotel is 2 tube stops away from the main railway stations of King Cross/ St Pancras at Old Street. There is not so much around the hotel, although if you walk straight down the road that it is on there are lots of nice restaurants and bars (though we didn't try any).
The hotel's entrance welcomes you with small trees either side of the door, and though inside it is quite dark, I think this adds to the atmosphere and the luxury of the hotel. The hotel also boasts its own bar and grill- we did not try this but there was a price list in the room and the prices were reasonable (this coming from a northerner down south!)
There were two staff on reception, they were both very welcoming and checked us in with ease. We arrived at the hotel particularly early, 10.30am, and had rang earlier to confirm we could leave our luggage whilst we did some sight-seeing. We were very lucky that our hotel room was ready for use so we could properly unpack before we went on a wander :-)
Our room was on the second floor, accessible by lifts. The corridors again seemed quite dimly lit but it added to the luxury of the hotel rather than it seeming seedy.
The room was really nice, it was small but to be honest if you are using a hotel room to sleep then you don't need lots of space. As you walk in the door (in our room), on the right was the bathroom which had a hug shower- it was great! Hot, ran fast and the towels provided were lovely and soft. The tiling was all black too, and it was nice and clean- very pleasing! The hotel also provided mini shower gel and shampoo and a large bar of Pear's soap.
The room featured a mini fridge- which was stocked with complimentary bottles of water and milk, a tv with several choices of channels, a full length mirror, a hairdryer, kettle, cups/saucers and complimentary tea and coffee. My boyfriend accessed the free wi-fi on his ipod an said this was really good too. The room has a double bed- which was very comfy and had one of the best hotel nights sleep ever! There was also a chaise-longue type settee.
There was a small paper bag which you filled in how many people was in your room and at what time you would like breakfast. This was hung on the door before we went to bed and at 9am (when we'd specified) a light breakfast of fruit, yogurt and juice was waiting at our door- I thoroughly enjoyed this though the natural yogurt was too bitter for my boyfriends taste!
Check-out was at 12pm, we left a little earlier and the staff were very pleasant and wished us well.
The only negative thing I can say about our stay was that our room faced on to other hotel rooms which was circular around an outdoor terrace- the view wasn't an issue but there was a little noise from the terrace in the evening that may keep a light sleeper awake.
Overall I enjoyed my bargain £1 room stay!
Summary: I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would recommend it :-)
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