Guests desiring luxury in amenities in a convenient location near art galleries, theatres and museums will find the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch to be an excellent place to stay. This family-friendly luxury hotel is near London Fields, the Barbican Arts Centre, The Gherkin and the Museum of London. Family Rooms that can accommodate three guests are available and are great options for smaller families. Family-friendly amenities include an indoor swimming pool, an onsite bowling alley, extra beds, cribs and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Guests can dine onsite at the Judge & Jury Restaurant.
Our Editor Loves
- Family suites for three guests
- Great location with fantastic views
- Swimming pool and bowling alley
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
The hotel is a former courthouse with a new extension to the rear housing the majority of the accommodation. Fantastic location is Shoreditch. However, the hotel advertises itself as a five star hotel but there are basic five star elements missing that make the difference between 3 or 4 stars and 5 stars, such as no doorman, no porterage, no room escort and no turndown.
The front desk staff were friendly but it would have been nice if my name was used at least once during the stay at any of the touch points, check in, breakfast or check out. The décor of the public spaces is good and plays on the court feel. The corridors are modern but for some unknown reason someone has put some cheap plastic rose plants on the corridors, not even in pots, I am sure the designer would not have done that. My room was spacious, though I did book a Hoxton Suite. The décor is modern but a bit bland and lacked character. The quality of the furnishings are poor, the veneer on the coffee table is bubbling and the veneer elsewhere is chipped. There is a fixed banquette seating in the small seating area but this is quite upright and feels like sitting in a waiting room rather than a living room, it is not comfortable. Having said that, the bed was extremely comfortable and the room was quiet, which meant I had a good nights sleep - thank you. The bathroom was spacious and well laid out with a good walk-in shower.
My heart goes out to the housekeeping department. There are so many ledges and shelves in the room it is almost impossible to keep dust free, my room was quite dusty.
The breakfast was disappointing. The breakfast offering was a carbon copy of a Jurys Inn breakfast in terms of presentation, selection and quality. Whilst there was a selection of jams available a basic request for orange marmalade could not be accommodated. The service was poor.
We popped into the bar after our evening out but whilst Old Street was heaving and bars and restaurants were over-spilling with people, there were only 4 guests in the bar and there was no ambiance. As a recommendation the hotel could look as how Firmdale Hotels and even Citizen M adapt their bars and restaurants to their neighbourhoods to generate interest and business.
Overall, great location and a comfy bed but it is a 3 star hotel trying to be a 5 star hotel, very disappointing.
by Janis W
The restaurant in the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch is really a hidden gem and not very well publicised. Don't let that put you off. We had a Groupon deal but still came away very impressed indeed with the quality of the meal. The decor is sumptuous and very impressive with some quirky features such as the original cells hammed up with little stories about the Krays who were visitors in the 60s.