Opened in summer 2021, the 280-room hotel is the first Hyatt Place property in central London. The on-site menu Zoom opens fully later this month and the hotel has just launched a new winter glamping package for families complete with in-room tent for the kids.
Just a few minutes’ walk from Aldgate East tube station, you have Brick Lane, Spitalfields and Shoreditch right on your doorstep. And from the top of the nine-storey building, you have a view over the entire city.
Funky street art has been used in the hotel’s design (Photo: Hyatt PLace)
This is a buzzing hotel with a real mix of tourists, business travellers and families. The decor takes inspiration from street art found in the surrounding area. Up on the ninth floor, the PocketSquare Skyline Bar & Terrace is the epitome of city cool with a cocktail menu as impressive as the city skyline view.
Food and drink
Breakfast is served in the Zoom restaurant which is also opening for dinner later this month – the menu is diverse with a big emphasis on flavour and sourcing local and sustainable ingredients. The halloumi burger with red pepper humus and sweet chilli sauces was truly delicious while the rib eye steak was cooked to perfection. The sticky toffee pudding was the best we’ve tasted. If you’ve booked a family glamping stay, children under 12 can eat for free from the kids menu. My daughter only managed about half her fish goujons as the portion was so generous.
There’s also an on-site deli selling cheese and pastries and Hackney Gelato ice cream – kids can get a free helping if they flash the wristbands they are given at check-in.
The family glamping package includes an in-room tepee set-up (Photo: Hyatt Place)
Rooms are very clean and functional with space to sleep and work (if you have to) but with roomy bathrooms, a smart TV and comfy sofas. You can also book a room with a balcony or a terrace on the top floors to soak up a bit more of that London skyline. If you’re booking the family glamping package, as we did, the room comes with a little canvas tepee already set up and filled with cushions, lights and a teddy bear.
What to do
London is your oyster as they say. If you’re keeping it local, the Whitechapel Gallery is less than a two-minute walk from the hotel and the Jack the Ripper Walking Tour starts nightly at 7.30pm just down the road. Head to Shoreditch for cocktails, Spitalfieds for shopping and Brick Lane for a world-famous curry.
Head to floor nine to experience the PocketSquare skyline bar and city views
Worth writing home about
The PocketSquare Skyline Bar. Led by bar manager Kristian Smith, the experimental menu of signature cocktails blends local and exotic flavours and takes inspiration from the stories of the surrounding streets. The Marketa (£14), for example, which blends Maker’s Mark bourbon, roasted pineapple and 1757 Vermouth Rosso, is inspired by the former Club Row live animal market.
Kids Glamping Package at Hyatt Place London City East starts from £132 per night for a couple and one child and from £147 per night based on a couple and two children staying. To book, visit hyattplacelondoncityeast.com or call +44 208-159-1234