It was my absolute pleasure to stay at the Courthouse Hotel, Shoreditch, which, as the name suggests, is a former courthouse. The transformation from courthouse to achingly cool hotel right in the heart of Shoreditch is quite something to behold. I am reliably informed, the hotel also houses both a spa and a bowling alley. Sadly my trip did not allow for either of these but my fellow guests at breakfast were marvelling at both…more on breakfast later.
What really did it for me, was the view from my room at both at dawn and dusk, imagine old and new London on a picture perfect postcard and you’ll not be far wrong. The hotel manages to be relatively central, whilst still being on the outer fringe if that makes sense? Near Liverpool Street Station, not too far from Bank Tube, it is within a 10 minute walking distance from Old Street tube. I had a client meeting at Chiltern Firehouse and managed to get there within 30 minutes door to door. When walking back amongst the revellers I was worried the noise might impact on my quality of sleep, I needn’t have been concerned as I didn’t hear a peep & I did not draw the curtains so when I fell asleep in the incredibly comfortable bed, I could still see my view.
If, like me, you judge a hotel by the bathroom and more importantly, toiletries it provides (or doesn’t) I am happy to report that the Courthouse passed with flying colours on this score. The shower was phenomenal. My only negative was the lack of bath. I do love a bath, but I know I’m in a minority as most prefer a shower.
The service at both check in and check out was perfect, both friendly & efficient. The same can be said at breakfast , as a lone traveller, one can feel a little exposed at mealtimes, but I was made to feel most un self conscious & my full English buffet breakfast was a delight. The eggs were done to perfection. They also (as I’d expect in Shoreditch) cater for gluten free/ dairy free guests like me without a fuss.
So would I recommend this little East end gem? It’s a yes from me.