Social Media has had a dramatic influence into the way we travel these days. The growth rate of platforms such as Instagram as well as other travel apps means we can share life in seconds, wherever we are in the World.
Food has now become an art form. We no longer just eat and enjoy it. It has to be photographed, and shared with a whole host of people.
The same goes for the places we stay too. We like to show our friends where we are and what we are up to.
Travellers today look for things that we may not have considered some years ago. Todays travellers want new and authentic experiences in a variety of countries, and are more influenced by the usability of an accommodation site, and facilities such as WiFi.
As such, there is a growing trend into the ‘millennial targeted hotel‘. They are slightly more affordable, with all the facilities for the modern day traveller. Extra points to hotels with their own unqiue hashtag and instagram channel.
Moxy is a relatively new hotel brand in this trend. Connected to Marriott hotels, Moxy is the Marriotts much younger and cooler sibling. It is funky, a little raunchy and has all the mod cons.
After their success in various cities including New York, Milan and Berlin, Moxy has spread is wings to Londons East end.
Recently I got to stay at the newly opened Moxy Hotel in London Stratford. I was curious to see what it offered to todays travellers, and whether this type of hotel would soon be commonplace in the tourism industry.
The Moxy in London Stratford is located a short walk away from Stratford underground station and Westfield shopping centre. It is a truly ideal location, with central London a 20 minute tube ride away.
No reception: Check in at the bar
As I arrived #AtTheMoxy, the millennial vibe hit me. There was trendy music playing, and everyone was super happy and helpful.
The traditional entrance to the hotel was not as I expected. There was no reception, and it felt like I had walked into a funky club or restaurant.
I was greeted by a crew member who directed me to the bar to check in. This was a novel idea, but I liked it.
It meant rather than one or two people at check in, there were various people to get assistance from.
The check in process was smooth, and I was issued with an electronic key, and a drink. I was ready to start my weekend.
I stayed in a twin room with my sister and it was deceptively spacious with comfortable beds. Everything inside the room was smart. There was a large flat screen TV on the wall, which was fuly connectable to your phone or tablet.
I did have a bit of an issue initially with the TV, in that we didn’t have a remote. So was aimlessly touching the TV in the hope that it was a giant touchscreen smart TV.
It wasn’t, and staff at the bar came to the rescue with a remote.
There was a luggage rack and hangers for clothing. Plug sockets with USB charging points make it easier to charge phones without the need for a travel adapter.
My room overlooked the Westfield shopping centre, and below you could see the tracks of the underground at Stratford. This made it a little noisy when the window was open, but it was quiet when closed and I got a great nights sleep.
The bathroom was compact, but included all the essentials like shampoo, and shower gel as well as soft fluffy towels and a hair dryer. However, I would suggest that you get dressed in the main bedroom area, due to space.
Moxy is certainly one of the most social hotels I have stayed in. The ground floor has a large open space, with many areas to meet other travellers.
Moxy is well connected and likes to share. On the ground floor there is a giant digital guestbook showcasing pictures that have been posted using the hashtag #AtTheMoxy.
There are iMac computers with facilities to print if required, and lots of areas to get social, including table games like jenga
Style & Decor
The Decor at the Moxy can only be described as eclectic. They’ve done a great job at incorporating the history of the olympics, but everything else is quite random. The breakfast area is served with a side of superheros, and one of the long tables doubles up as a beer pong table.
There are a number of quirky signs around the hotel, which are enjoyable to read, but I found that there were a bit too many of them.
Food and Drink
Breakfast is served from 7am to 11.30am on a weekend, which is amazing if you’ve had a late night. Breakfast is continential style with a variety of meats, cheeses, yoghurts, pasteries and cereals. As well as fresh tea, coffee and juice. You will not be hungry.
The only confusing aspect for me was that there didn’t appear to be an order or good system to the way the breakfast room was laid out. The glasses were in a separate area to where the juice machine was, and the jams were separate to where the toaster was. I felt like I had to walk back and forth to different sections to get what I needed.
That said, it was a yummy breakfast, and set me up well for the day.
With the bar being central to the lower ground of the hotel, there is no shortage of drinks. The bar area is open 24 hours, so you can be sure of being well watered whenever you want.
There is also a small selection of food on offer, with the main speciality being flatbreads with a variety of toppings and sides. I was in a sweet mood, so choose to have mine covered in Nutella and toasted marshmallows.
Hotel rooms #AtTheMoxy start around £99 per night, which is lower than the average modern hotel in London.
Verdict of Moxy Hotel London Stratford
I really enjoyed my stay #AtTheMoxy in London Stratford. As a new hotel, I think there are some teething problems to iron out, but overall I would say if you are looking for an affordable stay in a social and well connecred hotel. The Moxy is for you. It is funky, fresh and fun and in a great location.