2. The Achenbaum project that isn’t a Gansevoort: our most recent look showed that the office building on Curtain Road has been razed, but at the same time we learned that the renderings we had been taking for Achenbaum’s hotel are, well, not that. A few blocks west of Ace Shoreditch, we’ll be optimistic and say late next year for opening. One can hope, right?
3. Old Street Magistrates Court: one of the most recent additions to our list, the former court and police station just east of Hoxton Square should become a 128-room hotel spread across the Edwardian building facing Old Street and a new wing just behind. We know little about who will operate the hotel or what it will be called, but we’ll aim for a summer 2015 opening.
4. Nobu Shoreditch: perhaps the newcomer with the most detail at this point (156 rooms, all F&B developed by Nobu Matsuhisa, renderings of what it will look like), its listing as “coming soon!” and “currently under construction” on the group’s website has a touch of hyperbole to it, given that at the time details came out, a terribly blah office block was still on the hotel’s future plot and opening won’t be until first quarter 2016. And even that seems ambitious based on everything that still needs to happen, but those staying at the Hoxton Hotel next door can keep an eye on progress right from their hotel room window.
5. Art’Otel Hoxton: ending with the project we’re least sure about, the Art’Otel Hoxton has been in the making for coming on half a decade, with planning permission granted – despite intense protests – back in 2010. Nothing seems to be happening at all, and we hear little in terms of news or progress, so we won’t hazard a guess when it comes to an actual opening date just yet. Nobu and Old Street Magistrates Court are within spitting distance of the Art’Otel site, so perhaps movement there might bring some inspiration?
[Photos: JasonD, Rendering: Art'Otel]