With a rich maritime history, lovely marina, one of the country’s oldest gin distilleries and great seafood Britain’s Ocean City Plymouth also has a contemporary vibe in its lively bars, colourful shops and funky new hotels
Latest on the scene is the Moxy Hotel, close to Plymouth Hoe with its scenic views and 72 foot tall Smeaton’s Tower. Moxy is as different from the traditional grand old Victorian seaside hotels as it could be. You enter into a bright foyer with a huge blue ocean scene mural, colourful chairs and comfortable furnishings. There is no reception area, you just alert a friendly member of staff at the bar that you have arrived while having a look round the relaxed informal surroundings bright with artworks, which continue the seafaring theme with giant fish and waves crashing along the walls. Designed to appeal to the young at heart, I am told that there is no typical clientele – the hotel doesn’t judge and its ok if you come to breakfast in your pyjamas!
Part of Marriott International group, there are hundreds of Moxy hotels around the world including 17 in the UK and each described as playful, affordable and stylish.
The 200 rooms are airy and smart, with lots of space. Dogs are welcome and there are 42-inch Chromecast TVs. There are flexible working spaces for those who need them and cocktails and snacks available at the 24/7 Grab and Go station.
Moxy is close to the station and ferry port as well as the beaches and great seafood restaurants,
ideal for busy travellers who will love the signature Moxy all perks and no fuss feel.