The Hoxton, Amsterdam

The Hoxton’s busiest hotel, The Hoxton Amsterdam is perfectly located in the city’s De Negen Straatjes, or The Nine Streets. Home to some of the city’s coolest cafes and brunch spots and local designer boutiques, it provides the perfect starting point for exploring The Dam, as well as plenty of photo opportunities for those classic canal shots. To offer enough space The Hoxton have managed to get their hands on not one but five 17th century buildings, one of which was once home to Mayor of Amsterdam, offering plenty of space inside for eating, drinking, and lounging from day to night.

Rooms are the typically hip, Hoxton style, whilst still respecting the the canal house buildings. Ranging in size, from Shoebox to Roomy, each has design-led contemporary feel with simple colour palettes of grey, green, and blue, brass fittings, bespoke hexagonal mirrors, and practical, almost industrially inspired furniture mixed with original features of high ceilings and wooden beams. Our own room was located off the street at the back of the hotel looking out over Amsterdam rooftops, but The Hoxton does offer picturesque canal views so if you’re looking for this make sure to ask. For those looking for something extra special the hotel’s three Concept rooms, once the Mayor’s own living quarters, are also available on request.

There are no luxurious add-ons at The Hoxton, breakfast is simply yoghurt, granola, fruit, and fruit juice, delivered outside your door in a carry-away paper bag, however you can treat yourself to something more in Lotti’s restaurant downstairs. There are also no bath treats to smuggle away in your luggage but if this is what the sacrifice is for a stylish shower time then it’s worth it – here you can stay at one of the most fashionable hotels in the city for a fraction of the cost of nearby establishments. The Hoxton also doesn’t overcharge you either. Tea, coffee, water, and milk are all provided in your room free of charge, and if you want any extras you can purchase from reception at supermarket price, not a hiked up hotel price.

Although we didn’t eat in the restaurant but we couldn’t resist a cocktail at the bar. Whereas drinking in other hotel bars can often feel like you’re missing out on the city, The Hoxton feels like a part of it. Service was excellent, knowledgeable, and personal, and we had a chance to get to know the bar staff as well as the drinks menu. Again the prices were surprisingly reasonable, and the cocktails were so good they even impressed my ex-New Yorker companion.

The staff are also on hand to bring the city to life. You might already be familiar with the Hox Friends Instagram account, showcasing the “best bits” of each of the hotel’s neighbourhoods, so as well as cocktail recommendations from the friendly bar team also don’t hesitate to ask for their recommendations of what to do, see, eat, or drink and to get even more out of your Hoxton experience and Amsterdam stay.

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