Situated in the heart of Amsterdam, brimming with bikes and boats, lays the relatively new Hoxton Amsterdam. First impressions are good; the hotel has a sense of kitsch, back dated age combined with modern necessities. You immediately feel a warm and laid back approach.
The lobby is a large two story space with table service for food and drink and a sliding roof that opens out to the sky, making it easy to catch those hard to come by sunshine rays in case of warm weather.
In short, it’s a hip and trendy place to either work, lounge or play before venturing into the streets of Amsterdam.
These are things about the hotel I really loved; The Hoxton do not believe in mini bars, instead they provide around the clock service from the Hox-Shop which offers a wide array of cold drinks and food including cheese, popcorn, beer and wine, sold at street prices, and which can be stored in the in room fridge (genius). You also get a one hour free telephone call anywhere in the world – for those on business it is perfect for picking up the phone and calling home without hammering your roaming bill.
We had the pleasure of being in a 'cosy room with a view'. This is The Hoxton’s middle sized room which is perfect for two friends on a shopping weekend or a couples retreat in the city. There is however a wide variety of rooms on both a smaller and grander scale. If you just staying for a one night business trip, or if you’re a lone ranger backpacking through Europe, then they also have the 'Shoebox' room which is a cosy little spot for one with all the essentials. And if those two rooms don’t speak to you, then there is always the 'Roomy', think of it as the cherry on the cake - as the name it’s a generous room in a city where space is at a premium. The hotel's interior was designed by a local decorator who used Amsterdam’s nature to inspire the décor of the hotel. The colour palette uses a variety of calm sombre greens and blues to reflect the flowing canals, the style is eclectic; you’ll never find one room like another.
The rooms vary in décor, but the beds throughout are super comfortable, the bathrooms are suitably ‘posh hotel’, but the real joy for me was finding a hair dryer that worked. I have, over time become accustomed to crappy hotel hairdryers that give out a pathetic amount of cold air, so finding a super power mega strong blaster that dries hair in seconds definitely ticked a box for me. I should also mention the products available in the bathroom don’t come in the usual miniature sized bottles or sachets, but actual full sized products that includes shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion. Lotions and potions are accompanied by fluffy towels, bathrobes and slippers. We didn’t want for comfort.
After a full day out discovering Amsterdam the sun was setting down for the evening, it was time to stroll back to our new found home and have a well-deserved cocktail. We arrived to find the place packed - the word is out and the bar is very much a local hotspot – making for a great atmosphere and a fun evening. The English bartender was chatty and impressed us with his supernatural cocktail making powers. If, like us you can’t decide what to order, let him decide – we did and we didn’t regret it – until the morning when we were reaching for the aspirin.
The Hoxton format really suits Amsterdam’s laid back approach. Sadly my stay came to an end, but something tells me it won’t be the last time I check in.