26 September 2015

That time I stayed at The Hoxton, Holborn

I went through a really bizarre stage recently where I kept winning competitions (and I've never won anything, not even those Christmas school raffles, or bingo). And one prize was an overnight stay at The Hoxton, Holborn which excited me because STAY-CAY ALERT.

The most hilarious part of all this is that if you ever win a hotel stay, you'd take your partner, right? Well, since I don't have a partner, I took one of my girl friends and actually I would recommend it because it was super fun.

I won't bore you with too much information about the hotel (because if you're really interested, you can just have a browse yourself here), but what I will say is that the location is brilliant. It's about a 2 minute walk from Holborn tube and for those who aren't London savvy, Holborn is in walking distance of Leicester Square, Piccadilly and Covent Garden. Like I said, brilliant.

It doesn't look like much on the outside, but then you come in and it's like okay, I could happily live here. It's got that lived-in, shabby/chic, multi-textured furnishings thing going on. It's not too dark, but it's just the right light for that muted selfie with your soya flat white. The interior designers had their priorities on order, that's for sure.

Enough of my jibber jabber. I have this thing with interiors.

So the coolest thing about my prize is that my room was the top-spec room, AKA the Roomy room. The size order of rooms from smallest to largest go: Shoebox, Snug, Cosy, Roomy. We had twin beds and a biiiig shower room. I wasted no time taking some snaps.

My friend cringed slightly at the hashtag pillow - is it ironic? or is it meant to be serious? - but other than that, we couldn't fault the room. The beds were also dreamy in a sink-in-and-never-want-to-move-again kind of way. Also, considering we were in central London, it wasn't noisy at all. Maybe it was because we were at the back of the hotel, away from the road, or maybe it was the triple glazing?

Another cool thing about The Hoxton (because it is very cool, there's no doubt about it) is that if you're in a rush the next day and don't have time for a sit-down breakfast, you can order a breakfast bag. You just say how many people want it, and what time you want it, then hang the bag on the outside of your door. Et voila, a mini granola pot, banana and OJ is there to kick-start your day.

Or you can do as we did and get the breakfast bag AND have a sit-down breakfast. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Here's the bathroom.

Swish, right? And the shower was decent - powerful without flooring me and definitely not wussy. 10/10 from me.

I was so tempted to steal this mug. But I refrained.

After a fairly good night's sleep (I never sleep well on the first night of not being in my own bed anyway), my alarm went off way too early - since we'd stayed on a week night so I had work - for our breakfast at the hotel restaurant, Hubbard and Bell.

We dragged ourselves downstairs, blearly eyed, stomachs rumbling.

I went for a soy cappuccino with poached eggs on toast. I essentially forgot to take a photo before I dived in because my brain was focused on food, and not on this as a blog post.

My only complaint would have been that my sourdough was a bit burnt but the eggs were runny and the toast was buttery so I won't hold it against them. Also, the coffee was super tasty and service speedy.

We went back up to our rooms and to our delight the breakfast bag fairy had been. How cute is this? Such a good idea - more places should do this.

And after gathering my stuff up (my friend didn't have to be in the office til later, and she didn't have to endure an hour long taxi ride, boo) I reluctantly left my groovy room, comfy bed and place I wouldn't mind calling home.

Suffice to say, I had an amazing time at my short but sweet stay at The Hoxton, Holborn, and I totally recommend it if you fancy a London staycation. Considering the quality of location and hotel itself, the price isn't ridiculous either. Wonderfully refreshing, just like my mini OJ.

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