This July Owen and I were invited to attend a pre-wedding party of our friends – Thai bride and Dutch groom who both flew from Thailand to celebrate the happy moment with family.
It was beautiful July weather so I absolutely wanted to stay somewhere with a terrace or canals view. Through the last year the famous Hoxton hotel popped up couple of times in my Instagram feed with its stylish interiors and hipster crowds. The Hoxton has been the hottest spot in town not just with travellers but Amsterdamers themselves – great brunches, party vibes with DJ in the evenings and a pretty convenient place to work for digital nomads.
The Hoxton is located in five canal houses from the 17th century in picturesque Herengracht, one of the trendy ‘9 streets’ and right in the centre of Amsterdam. Needless to say the hotel rooms have one of the best canals views and that’s all I needed for that long summer weekend.
The goal of all Hoxton hotels is to have a space where guests could hang out in trendy neighbourhoods, in style – but without the towering designer price tag you might expect. This small chain of boutique hotels was born in the hipster streets of Shoreditch in 2007. All the properties have different interiors and are designed to reflect the individual hotel’s location and local vibe, but they all share well-designed common spaces, small but efficient rooms, and drool-worthy interiors.
Once checked-in the rose champagne gummies (just a week ago I have returned from my Champagne trip and have discovered that Rose is apparently my favourite, how sweet) and the coin for their cool photo booth was waiting for me. And in true Hoxton style, you’ll have complimentary water, pack of milk (welcome to Holland), Wifi and free calls anywhere in the world.
When nowadays the minimalistic design and monochromatic colours are the trend, The Hoxton’s eclectic, colourful spaces offer a cozy and homie feel.
The 111 rooms feature four categories (Snug, Roomy, Cosy and three Concept). We were given a stylish Cozy room with vintage vibes – I loved in particular the brass chandelier and the mid-century phone. It felt pretty spacious despite actually being quite compact in size. But somehow, the best is yet to come. When I opened the doors I saw the cute little balcony overlooking the canals. Only the next morning when we were in the opposite side of the canal, I have realised it is the only room with the balcony in the hotel, in fact in the whole block!
The classic Hoxton breakfast comes in a form of a bag which guests hang at their door with desired time for delivery and the number of breakfast they would like. The next morning it will be filled in with organic orange juice, yogurt with granola and a banana.
Later Owen and I were both curious to check out their brunch menu after passing the hotel’s Lotti’s restaurant few times the day before. A la carte couldn’t sound any better for us – classics fovourites like avocado toast, eggs Benedict with salmon, overnight oats with berries. Few items on the menu looked rather exotic for breakfast menu and we have tired Japanese inspired dish – brown rice porridge with nori, spring onion and poached eggs.
EXPLORING AMSTERDAM FROM THE WATER
After checking-out the staff suggested us to take the Hoxton boat ride along the canals. It sounded as a great way to enjoy Amsterdam summer afternoon while having a glass of rosé my hand.