Being a hipster at the Hox in Old Amsterdam!

IMG_7808Being a hipster at The Hox is a sentence not many would expect from The Grey Traveller but indeed I was just that for a recent weekend break in Amsterdam.

A beautifully restored canal house once the home of a local bigwig is where I laid my hat for two nights. Located in the picturesque Negen Straatjes neighbourhood on the Herengracht it is perfect for a walker like me as it’s central to most of the city’s landmarks.

On arrival the friendly reception staff hit you with the Hox rules about the breakfast bag and they are keen to make your stay a sweet one with local knowledge, help in getting an airport taxi or organising a table to eat…. a cliche I know but nothing is clearly too much trouble.

The ground floor houses a great comfy squashy couchy sort of area, a bar and a restaurant. Clearly the Hoxton is a place to be seen as whether it’s lunch or dinner you feel the palpable buzz of locals meeting and visitors trying. The food is excellent and the interior urban functional.

The rooms are quirky and arty with retro transistor radios, art deco style lamps and shiny mod cons……. I loved it….so much so I must try the The Hoxton in London.

Toiletries are The Pen and Ink range, new to me but one I hope to find again sometime. You leave your breakfast bag on the room door handle and in the morning you find a banana, juice and quality rich yogurt, great if you don’t want to hang around and get straight on the ‘Dam streets. Hey but hang around if you can and explore the books that decorate the reception area, listen to the DJ vibes on a Saturday night, or go upstairs to the mezzanine floor and just people watch.

If you are going Dutch, go Hoxton in Old Amsterdam.

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