Slowly taking over the world with their cooler than thou chain of hotels (Shoreditch, Holborn and Amsterdam), the Hoxton have landed in Paris.
Located a 20 min walk from Gare du Nord (where you’ll catch the Eurostar from), the Hoxton is tucked away on an unassuming back street on the Rue du Sentier in the 2nd arrondissement.
The giant front door opens up onto a picturesque cobbled courtyard with spiral staircase – here you can hang around with laptop & coffee or if the sun’s shining move on through to the uncovered back courtyard and soak up some rays there. We were here for lunch so headed to the dining room – Rivie – which was both familiar and new at the same time. With the same stylish vibes as the other Hoxton hotels we know and love, it felt like coming home but with a cheeky bit of ooh la LA.
The menu is certainly doing a decent job of representing ‘Gay Paree’. It’s short and sweet with no real starters, but they bring a bag of crusty white bread and butter for you to make a start on. We got straight to the point and ordered the HOX monsieur which is served with a mountain of chips and a smidge of salad. Just the kind of carb ratio we can get on board with. The doorstop-wedge, soft brioche bread, was lightly toasted, the béchamel sauce oozed, the cheese melted, the ham was thinly sliced and plentiful and the mustard cut through it all – YUM. Wash it down with a glass of Chablis and that right there is a mighty fine way to spend an afternoon.
In short, the Hoxton is a really handy spot to have up your sleeve, (especially as so much of Paris shuts down between that lunch and dinner period) and the super friendly staff mean it doesn’t matter if your French GCSE’s are a distant memory, you’ll be warmly welcomed regardless. Next time we need a bed for the night, there’s only one place we’ll be staying.
Joining the lineup soon will be Williamsburg in NYC, LA and Chicago. Stay tuned.