The Hoxton – Amsterdam (NL)

A hotel that really doesn’t mess about. Passionate baristas prepare excellent coffees using beans from Lot Sixty One in a casual and friendly atmosphere

  • opening times:
    Mon - Sat: 7 - 1(am), Sun: 7 - 0
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
    FacebookWebsite
  • price check:
    Espresso: €2,50 / Flat White: €3,50 / Filter: €4
  • machine:
    La Marzocco Linea PB
  • coffees on offer:
    various from Lot Sixty One
  • milk:
    Den Elder

In the past, if you wanted to drink a cup of specialty coffee in a hotel lobby you’d find yourself at a total loss. Sure, coffee and hotels go hand in hand like extra virgin olive oil and aceto balsamico, and many hotels go out of their way to offer the most lavish breakfast buffets, but when it comes to coffee it’s usually a tragic affair that encourages you to bring a box of tissues to wipe away your tears of sadness.

The lobby / bar

The lobby / bar

However, even this proud industry with its rich traditions has literally woken up and smelled the coffee. Please pardon the pun. In Amsterdam there is one hotel in particular that has made it its mission to not just to sport a La Marzocco Linea PB 3 group as part of its bar set up, it also employs a competent team of baristas who make sure that whatever comes out of those portafilters is consequently served and presented in true third wave coffee fashion.

Ray Luca

Ray Luca

One of the key people in the team there is Ray Luca Heijneman who runs the coffee bar with a real air of professionalism and commitment to quality that should make every other hotel jealous. Working with beans from local roasters Lot Sixty One, who also created a custom Hoxton blend, Ray Luca and the other baristas serve all classic espresso-based drinks alongside single origin batch brews.

Cozy corner seating

Cozy corner seating

Another great thing about The Hoxton’s bar is its casual atmosphere and easy access from the street, inviting people from all walks of life to pop in for a coffee, some food or a cocktail. Other hotel bars are often hidden down the catacombs of their basements or accessible only if you reveal your room number and as a consequence they bar a lot of would-be customers from coming in.

Breakfast at The Hoxton

Breakfast at The Hoxton

The Hoxton on the other hand is widely regarded for its open door policy, commitment to quality and friendly staff. And, let’s be honest, there is something kinda cool about taking a seat at the bar, sipping on a perfectly prepared coffee and getting some work done without needing to be a guest of the hotel. More establishments should follow this principle and invest in their baristas and coffee set ups. It really makes a difference.

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