Hotel Review: Hyatt Place London City East

A hotel for both the creatives and the cool, see and be seen at the newly-opened Hyatt Place London City East in Whitechapel

It’s rare to find a hotel chain property with oodles of personality, but the new Hyatt Place London City East brings exactly that to the table. Full of thoughtful detail throughout, whilst also incorporating local talent into the mix, this is an eclectic and electric stay that’s already seeing crowds of culture vultures flocking to its glossy doors.

The inaugural Hyatt Place hotel to open in Central London, find it located just a few steps from Aldgate East station or a twenty-minute scenic stroll from London Bridge. Its urban postcode makes it excellent for both business travellers, explorers and party revellers – Brick Lane and its markets are a few streets away, along with Spitalfields and the edgy call (and clubs) of neighbouring Shoreditch. Even better, guests can drink it all in from above – over 100 of the hotel’s 280 rooms have wow-factor views across the capital, The Gherkin and Canary Wharf.

As well as modern furnishings, it’s also filled with striking artistic inspiration. Stepping into the bustling reception, which is found on the lower ground floor via elevator or staircase, showcases a duo of abstract-style murals by Brixton-based abstract artist Olly Fathers. There’s also an impressive spray-painted mural by London-based mural artist, Jay Kaes on the walls of the hotel’s Zoom Restaurant. Inspired by the London Underground, the vibrant design brings the space to life and breathes East London ambience into the room.

The Room

A lucky thirteen bedrooms across the top two floors come with their own private outdoor terraces or balconies, offering a city skyline view worth gawping at. Catering to all audiences, some of the hotel’s floors are also four-legged friend friendly, ideal for those that want to pack up the pooch.

Select from a range of rooms – twin, double and king, which all feature modish surrounds including a handy workspace, ample plug sockets, smart Samsung TV, stylish furnishings and the modern must-have, free wifi. Sliding doors open to petite but well-stocked bathrooms and there’s no end to gleaming mirrors and contemporary geometric artwork found throughout the excellently-priced rooms.

The Food and Drink

The jewel of this property is undeniably Pocketsquare Skyline Bar and Terrace, located on the 9th floor serving suave sips in the sky. Filled with hedonistic decor and offering sprawling views of the skyscraper-filled scenery, this gin-led cocktail bar has a beautifully-furnished outside terrace and is bound to become a hotspot with both locals and guests.

On the menu front, Manager Kristian Smith combines a background in science with a love for tiptop tipples to create a number of signature cocktails – our favourite being the refreshing Taiyo conjured with roku gin, yuzu and plum wine.

Downstairs (well, 8 floors, to be exact) the property’s Zoom restaurant offers casual dining with ultra Insta-worthy interiors. Head Chef Norbert Olah uses responsibly-sourced ingredients to deliver a range of global dishes and comfort-food classics – for the plant-based crowd, things get especially exciting thanks to a new partnership with La Fauxmagerie, a pioneering vegan cheesemongers based in Brick Lane (as well as mouth-watering sorbet desserts via Hackney Gelato).

For speedy snacks and small bites, head to reception for The Market, where grab-and-go deli items and Starbucks coffee can be purchased (a handy perk of having one directly next to the hotel).

The Wordrobe Verdict

A hotel for both the creatives and the cool, see and be seen at the newly-opened Hyatt Place London City East in Whitechapel. Modern in design and mouth-watering when it comes to the menus, drink in the views (and the cocktails) at this urban city stay.

Make it happen
Where: Black Lion House, 45 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1DU
How: Prices start from £82 for a standard room incl. VAT. Bookings can be made directly via or +44 (0) 20 8159 1234.

All images and words by Sophie Ritchie, editor

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