With the new school year approaching, we decided to have one last weekend away in Central London, making the most of the pool and choices of food. After narrowing down some hotel options, we let Cara choose which one she wanted to stay at and she selected the NYX Hotel London in Holborn. Good choice!
Date Visited: Friday – Sunday, 20-22nd August 2021
Location: 50 – 60 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AR
Getting There: 2 minute walk from Holborn Underground and serviced by quite a few buses with a bus stop around the corner. Note if driving, there was quite a bit of roadworks whilst we visited, so traffic on the Friday was busy.
Cost: Depending on stay and room type, c.£150-220 per night. Extra for breakfast, mini-bar and spa treatments, but free to access the gym and pool.
We made our way Holborn for our staycation after work on Friday. The train took us as far a Farringdon, so we decided to take a black cab for the remaining leg to NYX Hotel. Unfortunately, due to traffic, we got a little stuck so decided to walk the rest of the way there. On arrival, check-in process was easy via the self-service screens. If you have kids waiting around while you check-in, direct them around the corner where there’s a couple of old school arcade machines to keep them (and me) busy! It’s a funky hotel, bright neon lights, graffiti design and art dotted everywhere.
We dropped off our bags in the room and headed back out for dinner at Eat Tokyo. If you’re looking for some decent, good value and portion-sized, authentic Japanese food, Eat Tokyo is it. The menu has more pages than the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the food and service is great. The only downside to the evening was that we didn’t finish dinner in time to make it back to NYX Hotel before the pool closed.
Comfy room and fun lobby
The room itself was very clean and comfortable with all the usual amenities you’d expect. Nice bathroom, tea and coffee making facility, hairdryer, safe, large TV. Only issue with the room was there were no power-points near the desk which was odd. We didn’t opt for breakfast as there were other options available close by. We went for the unhealthy McDonald’s breakfast at Holborn. Hard to top fresh hash browns. We then headed back to make up for the lost pool time the night before.
Located in the basement along with the spa treatment area, the gym, pool, sauna and steamroom are available to use to all guests. No booking required, which meant it was a little busy at times as there’s not a lot of seating. But, Cara spent all the time in the pool so didn’t make a difference to us! Lunch followed at Pizza Pilgrims in Soho, before we went back to have a drink at the bar, play some Uno and jumping in the pool again. We then headed back out to Covent Garden for dinner at Steak & Co.
Before checking out the next day, guess where we went? Yep, back in the pool for another hour! Prior to making our way home, we walked to Chinatown for some dim sum and bubble tea.
That was the great thing about NYX Hotel, it was very central to everything. Around the corner from the British Museum, short walk in to Chinatown, Soho and Covent Garden area.
Burn Time: 5 out of 5 – Spent most of the time either in bed or pool.
Value: 4 out of 5 – For central London, it’s not too expensive.
Overall: 5 out of 5 – Lovely stay, Cara loved the pool so we’ll most likely be back if we need a mini-staycation.
Let us know in the comments below if you’ve stayed at NYX Hotel, or if you can recommend somewhere similar to try?