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The 6 Best Hotels in Hackney

The Hackney Empire Theatre on Mare Street, Hackney Central, London, shines on a clear day.
The Hackney Empire Theatre on Mare Street, Hackney Central, London, shines on a clear day. | © Greg Balfour Evans / Alamy Stock Photo
Ah, good old East London – home of history, heritage and hipsters. Hackney, like Shoreditch and Dalston, has become one of London’s most popular neighbourhoods. Stay here for a vibrant culinary scene and plenty of independent retail. Here are the best hotels in Hackney.

The Curtain

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The Curtain, Shoreditch, London
The Curtain, Shoreditch, London | Courtesy of The Curtain / Hotels.com
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The Curtain is the hotel embodiment of East London’s cool, hipster vibe; the private members’ club has a taco restaurant, a live performance venue and a rooftop pool with views to die for. Rooms are as stylish as you’d expect, with dark-wood floors, exposed-brick walls and pictures of musical icons to decorate. There’s enough in this hotel to keep you occupied for days on end, but once you do venture outside, you’ll find yourself right in the thick of Shoreditch’s trendiest bars, restaurants and shops.
Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Swimming pool
Spa
Gym
Pet Friendly
Childcare
Connecting rooms available
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Redchurch Townhouse

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This brand-new hotel is already the talk of the town thanks to its buzzy Italian restaurant and impressive foundations; it took a team of architects three years to refurbish and reclad the two-storey building. The 37 rooms come in five categories, from Tiny to Large, and are inspired by the style of the 1950s through ’70s, resulting in a cosy but Insta-friendly atmosphere. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that it’s part of the ever-cool Soho House brand and will no doubt be frequented by celebs and style elitists in the coming months.
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The Boundary Project

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East Londoners sure are fond of a rooftop view, and this is one of the best. The Boundary Project’s top-level bar looks out onto the city but feels intimate enough that you can enjoy being in your own private part of the capital. The building itself is a former Victorian printing warehouse, but it now features 17 rooms each representing a design movement (such as Young British Designers) or an iconic designer. The Albion café on the ground level offers a ridiculously good breakfast – if you can manage two courses, try the salmon and eggs followed by a perfectly buttery pastry.
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Ace Hotel

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Creative types will feel right at home in the uber-cool Ace Hotel. From the moment you step inside the lively lobby, you’ll realise things are just a little bit…different. The open space on the ground floor is a hub for freelancers, while the in-house café, Bulldog Edition, makes a mean flat white. Rooms are full of quirky touches: radios tuned into 6 Music, a minibar stocked with only the most hipster alcohol (Negroni, anyone?) and even a guitar ready and waiting to play during your stay.
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The Hoxton Shoreditch

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Perhaps one of London’s most well-established hotels, East London’s outpost of the Hoxton brand is far from generic. Not only are rooms a great value, but they’re also stylishly designed with low lighting, vintage radios and black-tiled bathrooms. The Hoxton Grill does a cracking steak, and the vast wine menu is enough to get most guests’ mouths watering.
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The Old Ship

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Sample London’s pub culture in style at The Old Ship. The hotel’s 10 rooms are each decorated differently, but you can expect a colourful, welcoming space with homely features – think rugs and cushions aplenty. The restaurant is a highlight, and food and drinks are far more affordable than at many local hotels. If you stay on a Monday night, you can even get two burgers for a tenner.
Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Gym
Non smoking
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