Discover the best boutique hotels in Shoreditch, London. Find luxury and character in this creative east London spot with iconic Brick Lane.
If you haven't heard already, Shoreditch is cool. I mean, capital city, gritty gone pretty cool. As well as attracting beards and Adobe coffee baristas, there's now a wealth of beautiful boutique hotels to match.
I love the caffeinated energy there so it's the place to stay if you're looking for modern London and a hefty dose of innovation inspiration.
Here's my hand-picked collection of great places to stay (with the quirks you need to know if there's somewhere you want to avoid.)
The Best Boutique Hotels in Shoreditch, London
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Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, London
You may know the name from the food, and that is a key part of staying at the boutique Nobu Shoreditch. The subterranean basement mixes Tokyo with London in style and service and offers a meal service that will make you rethink sushi.
Check in is slick and speedy and the whole hotel shimmers in a chic gloom of dark wood and gold. The street itself is quiet but you're only a few minutes walk from coffee shops and eateries aplenty and 10 minutes walk from Old Street Tube.
- What to love: Japanese fusion, unapologetic design, great food, a sense of change.
- What to know: the lattices and stripes can feel overwhelming if you're susceptible to migraines!
The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch
The Hoxton, Shoreditch, is almost a landmark in and of itself. This is the original, before success bubbled up in Holborn, Paris and Amsterdam. The lounge is filled with MacBook-tapping entrepreneurs and almost every week sees a millennial (or younger) event to tap into ideas and inspiration.
Design is key, even if space is small. The Shoebox room offers great value for money and there's a perverse pleasure in enjoying just how nifty, cool and enjoyable it is to see great design in such a small place.
Expect plenty of exposed brick, Art Deco chandeliers, retro telephones and enough character to shake a stick at.
- What to love: tapping in to the vibe of Shoreditch amid coffee shops and the Hoxton Grill
- What to know: It's just possible you might not feel cool enough...
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The Courthouse Hotel, Shoreditch
Despite living in a Grade II listed building, the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch brings pulsing modern colours and design lines to its interior. Five star luxury with a cinema screening room and private members bar (in a former magistrate's court, no less,) the Courthouse is an essential member of any guide to the best boutique hotels in Shoreditch.
Larger than most, it includes a swimming pool, steam and sauna room, bowling alley and cinema. A rooftop terrace helps to make the most of those rare but wonderful warm and dry evenings in London.
For food and drink, the oak-panelled Judge and Jury serves a range of food and the Jailhouse Bar switches a former Police Station into a a nostalgic hideaway. It can feel slightly creepy to be surrounded by prison memorabilia and holding cells. But then again, maybe it helps to keep you well behaved ;-)
The 86 guest rooms and 42 suites stretch the boutique side of things but there's no doubt that this is characterful luxury hotel and a great place to stay.
THE ACE HOTEL, LONDON SHOREDITCH
This five star luxury hotel greets visitors with a backdrop of foliage and follows up with all the latest trappings of 21st century life: coworking spaces, concrete walls, ice machines, minimalist surroundings and a gym and sauna to help you relax at the end of the day.
It's an events-loving place, with everything from DJ nights to dog shows.
Food and drink arrives at the Hoi Polloi, with monochrome tiled floor and striped wooden walls (beware, any fellow migraine sufferers.)
Rooms include record players and vinyls, with the offer of an acoustic guitar should you wish. Beyond the musical malarkey, expect stark white walls with industrial lighting and blue patchwork-esque bedspreads.
Bathrooms come in neutral colours, a moment of calm in the creative Shoreditch world.
Z Shoreditch Hotel
The Z Shoreditch is one of the best botuique hotels in Shoreditch that aim to occupy the “affordable luxury” category. There’s no conference room here, no meeting rooms. No separate concierge, no crèche, no pool, no gym. No separate restaurant, no spa and no parking valet.
What Z Shoreditch does have are clean, sleek, central London rooms with a kooky-cute café downstairs that doubles up for the fresh and tasty breakfast buffet. The reception staff double up as the concierge and the waiters and yet nothing, but nothing here feels cheap.
Service is friendly, fast and fair. So while Z Shoreditch has trimmed away the plumper features of a luxury hotel, it’s avoided the budget trap.
What to love: friendly staff, relaxed lounge-cafe area perfect for inventing a new app. Great non-dairy options.
What to know: Z Shoreditch focuses on the rooms. No gym, restaurant, conference rooms here.
More About Travel in London
- Get your bearings on where Shoreditch fits into the bigger picture with this guide on where to stay in London (and where to avoid.)
- Branch out with 31 Unusual Things to do in London
- Plan your trip with this guide to Three Days in London