The Hoxton brand was one of the biggest boutique launches of the decade when it burst onto the scene in 2012 in London, founded by Sharan Pasricha, who last year made our top 50. PJ Kenny became GM of the brand’s second property in Holborn, hot on the heels of its Shoreditch sister, in January 2016 armed and ready to take the hotel to new heights after two years after its launch.
Kenny studied hotel management at University College Birmingham before joining the management team at Jurys Doyle Group in his native country, Ireland. He then spent 11 years in general manager roles at hotels in Ireland and England with Jurys Doyle, Jurys Inns, Hilton Worldwide, and most recently as director of operations at The Hilton London Metropole where he was from November 2013 to December 2015.
Across these positions he built up vast experience across all aspects of the hospitality industry, from opening new built projects, managing small and large upscale properties and leading large teams.
At The Hoxton Holborn, the property is home to 174 bedrooms, Hubbard & Bell, the hotel’s main restaurant and bar, a Chicken Shop in the basement, Cheeky salon and Holborn Grind, coffee shop. As if this wasn’t enough to keep Kenny busy, the hotel also hosts a number of occasions and meetings in its Apartment, as well as Hoxtown, a series of events that aim to showcase the good and great from each location in the capital. In fact, Kenny is the first to say that the events programme at The Hoxton is integral to its success. Having never spent a penny on paid-for advertising, the focus on events helps to bring the hotel to life and as a result provides content for social media, blogs and interesting PR stories.