I have been to Amsterdam countless times over the years, and it is one of my favorite cities to visit. #Amsterdam #FavoriteCity #Travel
Amsterdam holds a special place in my heart, and I was actually planning to move there before Brexit. However, due to leaving the single market, we had to change our plans. #Brexit #Moving #LeavingSingleMarket
Instead, we try to visit Amsterdam as often as possible, and we recently came back from a visit in March. #Travel #VisitAmsterdam
During our previous visits, we always stayed in The Manor Hotel, located in a quieter area of Amsterdam near the Tropenmuseum. We loved being a little off the beaten track, surrounded by parks, nature, and fewer tourists. #TheManorHotel #QuietArea #OffTheBeatenTrack
However, this time, we decided to try something new and book a stay at The Hoxton Hotel, right on the Herengracht Canal in the center of the 9 streets. #TheHoxtonHotel #HerengrachtCanal #9Streets
I had heard great things about this hotel and The Hoxton Hotels in general, so I was excited to experience it for myself. #Excited #HotelExperience
Unfortunately, just before our trip, my dad passed away suddenly. It was a difficult decision, but I decided to go ahead with the trip to try to make the best of it. #DifficultDecision #MakeTheBestOfIt
We stayed for 5 nights in a Cosy Canal View Room on the 2nd floor. The room was small but had everything we needed. The view from the window overlooking the Herengracht Canal was absolutely stunning. #CosyCanalViewRoom #StunningView
The bed was large and comfortable, which was perfect considering the freezing temperatures outside. Despite the stress and emotions, we slept very well during our stay. #ComfortableBed #GoodSleep
There was a desk in the corner of the room, which I used as a vanity. The room also provided tea, coffee, and daily bottles of water and milk. The mugs provided were large and perfect for enjoying a nice cup of tea. #VanitySpace #TeaAndCoffee #Mugs
The bathroom had a rainfall shower and lovely products. I particularly liked the white subway style tiles, giving the bathroom a cool and modern feel. #RainfallShower #LovelyProducts #ModernBathroom
The storage space in the room was surprisingly ample, with a wardrobe and huge drawers under the bed. It was perfect for our belongings. #AmpleStorage #Wardrobe #DrawersUnderTheBed
The bar and lobby area of the hotel were always busy. It was sometimes difficult to find a seat, as many people used it as a co-working space. Despite this, when we did manage to grab a seat, we enjoyed the light bites from the bar menu and the delicious cocktails. The evening atmosphere was lively, with live music performances. #BusyBar #CoWorkingSpace #LivelyAtmosphere
Overall, staying at The Hoxton was a treat. Despite the emotional circumstances, I am glad I went and would love to go back when I can fully appreciate it with a calmer mind and more energy. #Treat #Appreciate #EmotionalCircumstances
If you’re considering staying at The Hoxton, I recommend signing up for their newsletter or keeping an eye out for deals on Expedia, as it can be on the pricey side. However, the location is amazing if you want to be in the heart of Amsterdam with shopping, restaurants, and the lively atmosphere right on your doorstep. #Location #HeartOfAmsterdam #Expensive
One of the best things about Amsterdam is that everything is within walking distance, and the city is incredibly beautiful all year round. Exploring the city on foot allows you to discover hidden cafes, bars, and shops. #WalkingDistance #BeautifulCity #Explore
While we didn’t get to use it on this visit, The Hoxton Hotel also has an old school black and white photo booth, which I highly recommend giving a try. #BlackAndWhitePhotoBooth #FunExperience
In another post, I will share all the places we ate at and the cafes we visited during our trip. But for now, I wanted to focus on our stay at The Hoxton and how it fulfilled a small dream of mine, despite the emotional circumstances. #FoodAndDrink #Cafes #SmallDream
I have been to Amsterdam countless times over the years, if you know me you know that it is joint number one (with Berlin) as my favourite cities to visit. Amsterdam has such a special place in my heart. Before Brexit, we were all set to move there but as a result of leaving the single market we would not be able to take our business with us, so sadly a move is off the table for us. Instead we try to visit as often as possible, and we recently came back from a visit in March (it was FREEZING)
Until my most recent visit, we have always stayed in the same hotel (creature of habit) we liked being in a quieter area of Amsterdam, a little off the beaten track, out by the Tropenmuseum at The Manor Hotel. Surrounded by parks, nature and fewer tourists. We (still) love it out there, it’s relaxed and leafy it has nice restaurants, good travel links, and it is a beautiful walk (if you wanted to walk) into the more central areas.
Over the years, we have popped into The Hoxton Hotel for drinks and dinner (or just a cheeky wee). I always wondered what it would be like to stay there, right on the Herengracht Canal, in the centre of the 9 streets. I have heard so many people rave about this hotel and The Hoxton Hotels in general.
So I bit the bullet, and booked 5 nights (for early March). I was so looking forward to it, after my husband had lost a close family member over Christmas, we really needed a holiday. That was not the case, sadly my dad passed away suddenly 2 weeks before we were set to go away. I was torn between going and staying home. Knowing I wouldnt get a refund, and it was a pricey trip, (my dad would have been annoyed at me loosing all that money). I decided to go and try to make of it what I could.
We stayed for 5 nights in a Cosy Canal View Room on the 2nd floor, the room was small but had everything you might need. Lovely big window overlooking the Herengracht Canal, this view was worth every penny, so beautiful, and we loved seeing and hearing all the goings on out there. We have never had such a grand view before, and it really made me very happy to sit in bed with a cuppa and look out the window.
The bed was very big, comfy and with it being -5 degrees one day & snowing it was very warm too! We slept very well, even though I was pretty stressed and emotional. There is a desk in the corner and a desk chair, I used this space as a vanity. You get tea & coffee in the room, as well as daily bottles of water & milk (if you require it). The mugs in the rooms at The Hoxton are fab, very big, and perfect if, like me, you enjoy a nice cup of tea! There is also a fridge, we kept our Almond milk in there & some bits & bobs.
The bathroom had a rainfall shower and lovely products, shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I loved the white subway style tiles in the bathroom, it was a cool looking small bathroom. The wardrobe big enough for us & the huge drawers under the bed were great for our stuff too, for a small room there was plenty of storage.
The bar, and lobby is very, very busy at all times. We found that getting a seat was like a game of cat & mouse, it is a popular place for people to work out of (like a co working space). People would arrive when I left the hotel at 9ish, and they were still there when I came back in the late afternoon. It’s great that you’re able to do that, but if you want to use this space as a hotel guest, it is challenging. On the odd occasion we managed to get a seat, the light bites bar menu was great, coffee very good and the cocktails were even better. There is a great atmosphere here in the evening, and they have lots of live music in the evening.
So all in all, The Hoxton was a treat, I booked it in January and my wonderful Dad passed away in February, so I didn’t have the relaxing trip I had envisioned, but I am glad I went. I want to go back, so I can really appreciate it, with a calmer mind and more energy.
If you want to stay here, I would say sign up to their newsletter, or keep an eye out on Expedia for deals, otherwise (in my opinion) it is on the pricey side. The location is amazing if you want to be in the thick of it, in a nice area of Amsterdam, with shopping, restaurants and the hustle and bustle on your doorstep. Everything in Amsterdam is pretty much within walking distance, and what I love most about this city is that it is incredibly beautiful no matter what time of year you visit. Walking everywhere is the best thing to do, the way to discover cafés, bars, and shops tucked away.
There is also a Old school B&W photo booth in the hotel, we didn’t use it this visit as there was a constant queue of about 20 teenagers waiting to use it. We took these photos 3 years ago in 2019.
I will do another post about all the places we ate & cafés we visited. I just wanted to do a post about staying here, at The Hoxton, as it was such a small dream of mine, even if the circumstances were emotional.