For my birthday (promise I will stop banging on about it soon) Charlie arranged a lovely weekend away for us in London. I wanted to do something a little different to the norm, so instead of booking a hotel in the Covent Garden area we decided to stay in Shoreditch. I'm not too unfamiliar with East London, having worked on both Old Street & in Hackney whilst I was at uni but we generally tend to stick to the West End and to be honest I'm a bit bored of it.
I hadn't actually been into East London since going vegan but I knew there was a pretty banging plant based food scene going on so I was excited to try out a few restaurants - but more on that in my next post. We chose the Ace Hotel as our base as it ticked all of the boxes. Cool, contemporary and in the middle of all the action.
The entrance just oozes cool. Played down, low key and everything that the Ace Hotel is about. The staff are super friendly despite a few reviews I had read and there was a a really fun vibe throughout the lobby with bits & bobs for sale including a cactus candle I *almost* bought. If you look to your left you'll find a long table crammed with creative types tapping away on their MacBooks. It's clearly the place to get shit done.
The location was perfect for us, walking distance to everything we had booked up in the Shoreditch area and also close to Spitalfields market and Brick Lane. We got off at Old Street tube station and it was only a 5-10 minute walk to the hotel, with a quick stop for some delicious food on the way!
There's a vegan doner kebab stall about 2 minutes up the road on the other side which is an absolute MUST VISIT.
Onto the room...
I heard on the grapevine that the denim bedspread is by APC, which actually happens to have a boutique just around the corner from the hotel. Handy if you fancy treating yourself...
The Scandi, minimalist vibes are totally my thing so for me this hotel was an absolute dream! I loved all the quirky touches such as the record player and shelving which housed a survival guide, a few alcoholic treats and a copy of Jane Eyre if you fancied a read.
The various snacks on offer do come at an extra cost so be wary of this before you start tucking in!
The bathroom was equally as cool with floor to ceiling subway style tiles, natural products, jersey bath robes and a concert sink area. Even the tissue holder was too cool. I actually had a bath for the first time ever in a hotel as I'm usually a total germ freak but I actually felt really relaxed and everywhere was so clean.
The seating area in the room was the perfect area to chill out and take a peep at Shoreditch high street before we trecked it up to Dalston for dinner. If you're staying for business or have a little blogging to get done on your stay, it's a handy area to utilise if you can't get a seat in the hotels lobby.
We stayed in a deluxe double bedroom, which was a tiny bit extra than a standard double but as it was my birthday, we had to upgrade!
I'd 100% recommend the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch and if I happen to be staying in the area again I'd definitely be checking back in. In fact, I may even book a couple of nights at the LA Ace Hotel this summer as I'm still yet to book a hotel for the Los Angeles leg of our American road trip.