When it came to booking somewhere to stay in Paris, which was Jonny’s Christmas present, I was getting a little frustrated. I knew what I wanted but they were all either booked or well out of my budget. It was only by chance that I saw on my Instagram The Hoxton in Paris had only recently opened so I went quick, sharp over to their website to book. I did a lot of pre arrival stalking of their feed as it is just the most photogenic hotel, as are the London branches that I have been too, though never to stay in.
After a little delay due to the snow in Paris, we arrived down this little cobbled street a few minutes walk from Grand Boulevards metro, we arrived to this little Parisian haven, set in an 18th century residence in the heard of the 2nd arrondissement. It was lit with this warm glow and people dotted around drinking coffee and taking an afternoon break to just relax. It had this inviting feel, it was so warm and friendly and this was just our first impression. Spoiler alert here, it only got better!
After a speedy check in we headed up to our room, situated on the 4th floor. I booked the Shoebox room, expecting it to be understandably by the name,a little small. However pleasantly surprised it was ample of room for us for the few days and had so much character being set near the eaves. Upon walking in the radio was on already playing music and your breakfast bag, tea coffee etc is all laid out for arrival.
The hotel boasts 172 rooms spread over the 4 floors, embracing the unique quirks, views and terraces of the beautiful 18th century building. There’s Shoebox (the one we had), Cosy, Roomy and Biggy. All of their bedrooms feature this lovely bespoke chevron timber floors, elegant cornicing, bold feature walls and slick contemporary tiled bathrooms.
I was taken aback but how beautiful and quaint the rooms were, the bed a genuine cloud with the softest sheets. I am genuinely wondering if I can buy this bed set somewhere, hit me up if you know where I can get it. Woah, and the bathroom was just utter goals. White subway tiles, with copper and industrial style hardware and everything was rounded off by the gorgeous Bl_nk body products. The place just had this air of trendiness that all their other locations has but it was it’s own entity too, it had incorporated it surrounds so well and just felt like this Parisian oasis.
Breakfast here is done a little differently, a breakfast bag is left in your room daily and you tick the boxes such as how many people and the the time you want breakfast. You pop this little bag on a hook outside your door and hey presto the next morning at the time you wanted, breakfast is there ready for you to poke your head out and run back to bed. It is really nice just having a few staples bright and early before either heading downstairs for food or venturing out. Each morning you get a little yogurt and berry granola, banana and some fresh orange juice. It also means you don’t have to plod down to a buffet, or miss breakfast because you just want to lie in for a little.
One thing the Shoebox room is missing is a full length mirror but it did come equip with wine glasses and champagne flutes so you know, you win some and loose some. I also got the room for £90 a night which, I think is pretty darn good considering how expensive as a whole Paris can be!
On our first night we sat at the bar and just enjoyed a drink, it was just perfect and everything was just so darn photogenic I mean all the velvet and marble just gets me. The hotel is open to both guests but also the public and you can tell it is a rather popular place to come, even if you’re not a guest it is a place for locals also which is really nice!
They have Rivié which is an all-day restaurant with a wrap around bar and then upstairs is Jacques bar, a smaller cosy bar where you can really sit back and enjoy a cocktail. They also had a Sonos room when we were there, a little pop-up dedicated to vinyls by soundtrack. This allowed you to discover or re-discover albums but mixed the old with the new by showcasing the sound o the Sonos sound system, it was there for a while month and was decked out by Made.com to make you feel like you’re at home.
My favourite spot though was the Winter Garden, the whole vertical garden, living wall of greenery matched with the burt orange chairs, marble tables and cobbled floor was just the perfect place to sit and have a coffee.
I love how it had this vibrancy and liveliness in the way it felt but yet it was so peaceful and I could just sit there all day coffee after coffee writing blog posts.
This place though is no stranger to bloggers, vloggers and social media influencers. It is a haven for people to shoot and I had to get up a little early to take some shots, the staff even gave me some tips on where to get the best photos ‘from experience’. I also must have seen a good 20 odd people doing photo shoots around the place so I was in my element as no one way judging me getting my camera out to snap my cocktails!
The Hoxton is a home from home and it has that vibe throughout. I would go as far to say that this is the most well rounded hotel i’ve ever stayed in and therefor is my favourite, which is a big statement as I have been lucky enough to go to some pretty nice places over the years but this just is a real package and gem in the heart of a stunning city. It was a funny thing for me this trip, I usually liek to just get up and go and the hotle isn’t too much of a thought for me, this place though changed that it gave me a real place to take some down time and we just went at a much more relaxed pace than we normally do on a city break.