vibrant design of the citizen m shoreditch hotel

Citizen M Shoreditch review: a cool hotel in Shoreditch

I love Shoreditch, the most colourful neighbourhood in London! It’s full of vibrant street art, hipster cafes and bars and bustling markets selling everything you could need. So during our recent trip to London I know I wanted to find a cool hotel in Shoreditch, one that maintained the quirky vibe of the area. Have a read of my Citizen M Shoreditch review to see if it lived up to expectation.

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vibrant seating area with huge glass walls looking out to shoreditch

From the moment you enter the hotel and see the huge mural at the bottom of the stairs you just know that this is a cool hotel in Shoreditch. It fits in perfectly.

What are the rooms like at the Citizen M Shoreditch

The rooms at the Citizen M hotel are minimalist and simple. There is not much space but every inch of it has been though through.

The kingsized bed fills most of the space and slots perfectly under the wall to wall window looking out to Shoreditch. We were very grateful for the black out blind and mood lighting so we could get the kids to sleep in. The room is also well sound proofed which is a massive benefit when staying in Shoreditch!

girl in flat cap on a wall to wall bed in the citizen M hotel shoreditch

It’s not fancy but then I’m betting you’re not in London to spend all your time in a stuffy hotel room.

The bathroom was again pretty compact but the power shower was excellent and we loved that they provided toiletries specifically for morning and night.

sink on top of shelves in hotel room

There’s not a huge amount of storage but enough to unpack for a few days and a handy safe to keep your passports and valuables. Plus a hairdryer, fluffy towels air-con.

There are no tea or coffee making facilities in the room so you’ll have to pop downstairs to canteenM for your morning coffee.

What makes this such a cool hotel in Shoreditch

The hotel feels very modern, check in is done on iPad screens at the “reception” and you print your own key card. You can download the Citizen M app and from that choose what you want to watch on the TV, control your lighting and even check in and out independently.

piper quinn checking into the citizen m hotel in shoreditch

The bedrooms are kept to a minimum but with quirky touches like being welcomed by name on the big screen TV and interesting reading materials.

minimalist selection of books lying flat on a shelf in a hotel room. Titles include why we hate cheap things

When you’re at the hotel you’ll no doubt be out of your room making use of the gorgeous bar area and co working space. discovering cool touches everywhere you look. They even have a collection of things you can buy to take home. Unfortunately we didn’t have room in our case!

dark shelves full of quirky objects at a hotel in shoreditch

But its the large scale art work and decorative touches that we all thought were super cool. The kids loved running around pointing out new ones. It feels exactly how your coolest friend would design their open plan living area only with friendly staff and someone to pick up after you.

Book your stay at the Citizen M Hotel Shoreditch on Booking.

piper quinn infront of modern artwork which is a spider on a face. She looks shocked

What makes this a kid friendly hotel in Shoreditch

Citizen M is not a stuffy London Hotel, it’s bright and bold and oh so colourful. No one batted an eyelid as we kept the kids up late in the bar and we weren’t constantly telling them to quieten down.

two young girls playing board games in a hotel lobby

The girls absolutely loved the rooms. The fact that the bed fitted just so under the window and they could play hide and seek in the drawer.

The stuffed toy left on the bed was a very welcome touch and Piper loved watching the overground trains zoom past every few minutes.

piper quinn holding a quirky cuddly toy on a hotel bed

The public areas in the hotel are full of magazines, books and games. We played well into the evening whilst the girls enjoyed a warming hot chocolate from the bar and we treated ourselves to a couple of glasses of fizz.

Eating at the Citizen M hotel in Shoreditch

Food and drink is available from the Citizen M Kitchen and Bar 24 hours a day. They serve brilliant bar snacks such as nachos and gyozas, comfort food like pizza and curry and some amazing desserts. Prices are pretty reasonable for a London Hotel.

A buffet breakfast is available at the hotel. This includes boxes of cereal, meats, cheese, pastries and plenty of fresh fruit. It costs £16 and is the same price if you order it when booking or on the day.

breakfast restaurant at the citizen m shoreditch hotel

Where is the Citizen M Shoreditch

The hotel is tucked away down a sidestreet in Shoreditch which is great as you can slightly escape the crowds. But its still within a few minutes walk of everything you’ll want to see. The address is 6 Holywell Lane, London, EC2A 3ET.

top of curved staircase with chandelier above in a hotel in shoreditch

Nearest Tube Station to the Citizen M Shoreditch

The hotel is really easy to get to. If you’re arriving in London by train then just hop on the tube to Old Street, then it’s just over a 5 minute walk. Shoreditch High Street Station is also just 5 minutes walk. You’ll pass lots of cool Shoreditch spots on your way. Or you can get the tube or overground to Liverpool Street and walk for around 10 minutes.

view of shoreditch from citizen m hotel

selection of board games including articulate and cards against humanity

What is there to do around the hotel

There is absolutely heaps to do in and around Shoreditch, you could easily spend your whole time in London exploring this one neighbourhood.

outside of rokit vintage store in london

Brick Lane is just a ten minute walk from the hotel where you’ll find the most amazing vintage shops such as Rokit and Hunky Dory.  Spitalfields Market is also just ten minutes walk. Box Park container park is a couple of minutes from the Hotels entrance and is full of independent stores and great value places to eat. If you’re hungry you can get a great curry from Dishoom which is just down the road.

colourful street art outside citizen m hotel shoreditch

And of course, being Shoreditch there is street art everywhere you look.

Parking for the Citizen M Shoreditch

The hotel does not have it’s own car park which is similar to most hotels in London. It’s always easier to get the tube. If you do arrive in a car then the nearest car parks are the NCP at Finsbury Square or the Car Park at Broadgate.

tv screen in shelves in citizen m hotel shoreditch

You can read more reviews of Citizen M Hotel on Tripadvisor.

I hope this Citizen M Shoreditch review has encouraged you to give it a try. Or do you know of another cool hotel in Shoreditch you would recommend. Let me know in the comments.

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