Review: Honeymoon at the Hoxton

Photo courtesy of The Hoxton

Photo courtesy of The Hoxton

“Once the mayor’s home, now your home, on Amsterdam’s Herengracht canal.”

We stepped off the high-speed rail at Amsterdam Centraal, hopped into our transfer and within minutes were checked into one of the coolest, quirkiest hotels in the city. A true sign of how much we loved The Hoxton Amsterdam? Despite having amazing travel plans on the horizon, we did not want to leave…ever.

The Hoxton Amsterdam at a glance

Number of rooms: 111 rooms. While some have canal views, all rooms vary in shape and size—a nod to the “quirks and history” of Amsterdam’s canal house buildings.

Location: The Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes), a prime location for exploring historic Amsterdam, including gourmet restaurants, chic cafes and local stores. The Hoxton also is only a 7-minute walk from the Anne Frank House, a 20-minute stroll to the Rijksmuseum and a 10-minute walk from Bloemenmarkt (an iconic floating flower market). In other words, The Hoxton Amsterdam is an ideally located home-base for your honeymoon in Amsterdam.

Vibe: Chic, quirky, fresh, fun.

My favorite amenities: All guests are treated to a complimentary “breakfast bag drop.” Just select what you want delivered the night before, go to bed and find your light meal hanging on your door in the morning. The bag of goodies is especially convenient for honeymooners who may be brunching later in the morning or who have a morning excursion planned, like a romantic canal cruise. No one gets hangry at The Hoxton!

On-site restaurant: Lotti’s, a lively restaurant with an open kitchen, retractable glass roof, plush velvet couches and chairs, USB charging stations at nearly every table and, most importantly, delicious dishes and creative cocktails made with locally sourced ingredients.

Travel tip: For more space to spread out, book the “Roomy” room category for your honeymoon (or any vacation), rather than the “Shoebox” or “Cosy.”

Even better? Ask your honeymoon consultant to request one of the hotel’s “Concept Rooms” for you. There are three of these unique rooms at The Hoxton Amsterdam, available on-request only: The Fruity, Floral and Tubby. These rooms are the largest in the hotel and feature dramatic ceilings and finishing touches, harkening back to when they served as the mayor’s rooms during the 17th century. My sister and her hubby were upgraded to the Tubby, the highest room in the building (hello, canal views) and the only one with a timeless roll-top tub.

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