Hart Shoreditch is an affordable hotel, comparatively to others in the area, that delivers a comfortable stay in the heart of east London
There are A LOT of hotels in Shoreditch. Between the office commuters and visitors coming into town via Liverpool Street station, they’ve got a pretty captive audience. So the Nobus and the Soho Houses – as well as some indies – moved in, turning E1 into a hub for hotels. As a result, if you’re looking for a place to stay round those ends, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed.
Hart Shoreditch is a relatively new addition to the scene, with 2023 marking its third birthday. The hotel originally launched during the unfortunate month of February 2020 and subsequently closed down before reopening the following August. Despite the rocky start, Hart has been doing well in the eyes of London’s hotel experts and consistently reels in eight and nine marks out of 10.
Location-wise, Hart takes a prime position: on Great Eastern, one of Shoreditch’s main thoroughfares. A stay here ensures you won’t have to travel too far to get where you need to be going. Some of the city’s most exciting restaurants and bars are just a stone’s throw away, as is Liverpool Street station so taking a trip to the other side of town will be pretty painless.
And Hart is a hotel that prides itself on that East End setting, incorporating a few elements throughout the building that honour the heritage that comes along with it. A lot of the design choices have been made to reflect the areas industrial history. There’s a statement wrought iron staircase that replicates the silk weaving process, a series of large dark mahogany lights made with cabinetmakers’ boxes, hammered copper detailing on the reception desk that references the metalworkers of Victorian Shoreditch. One more obvious example is its name, which it borrows from Harts, who occupied the building in the 1800s and were cabinetmakers – highlighting Shoreditch as a centre for the city’s craftspeople and makers.
On to one of the most important factors: the rooms. They’re stylish, comfortable and quite minimal. The lower end of the price scale will get you a pretty standard room, complete with a queen sized bed, a sound system, a desk, tea/coffee making facilities and a mini fridge. Price up and you’ll get a king sized bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, a sofa or armchairs, a Nespresso® machine and bathrobes. Both options will get you views of the city and you might find the free-standing tub can offer a slice of serenity. What also impressed us is just how quiet it is, those busy streets of Shoreditch are cancelled out inside the room, perfect of an uninterrupted nights sleep.
Outside of the rooms, there’s a fitness centre and bookable spaces to hold meetings. For dinner, you can head to the in-house restaurant Mostrador from Fernando Trocca, though it’ll be hard to resist some of the amazing spots just walking distance from the hotel (Manteca, for example, is right round the corner).
You won’t struggle to find a hotel in Shoreditch, with some key contenders in the area – we’re talking The Hoxton, Nobu, The Mondrian and 100 Shoreditch. But with rooms starting at £199, you will be hard-pressed to find one that’s more wallet-friendly – and dog-friendly (did we mention the ‘bone appetit’ dog menu?) – Hart.
Hart Shoreditch, 61 – 67 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU