Where Your Journey Begins........
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We stayed at St. Pancras renaissance London Hotel for one night. It is a grand Victorian building with lots of interesting history and splendour. We chose it partly due to the fact it is attached to the St. Pancras train station is great for getting about and is only a 10 minute walk from Euston station. The lobby area is fantastic and serves afternoon tea, you feel like you are stepping back in time with the grandeur of the building.
Check in was smooth, we had booked a standard room which overlooked the roof of the station. The room had two double beds with fluffy pillows and crisp linen. The bathroom was immaculate with large bath and walk in shower. There was a flat screen TV, mini bar, safe and all the other amenities you would expect in a 5 star hotel.
We had made a reservation for dinner in the Gilbert Scott Restaurant in the hotel which was again a stunning room , very tastefully restored with a pianist playing as we dined. The food was traditional British with a modern twist, and not overpriced considering we were the London location. We followed dinner with a drink in The Booking Office – a bar in the hotel, again quirky with it being station themed.
The architecture is stunning throughout the hotel and I would imagine for foreign visitors it would be a great taste of English history. Cocktails in the bar were beautifully served with snacks on the bar area, they were pricey but not by London standards.
We used the stunning pool and spa area in the morning before we checked out, it was very relaxing and again made special by the building itself. We checked out a bit late which wasn’t a problem for the staff who were pleasant and helpful throughout, storing our bags for our late train home.
This is a very special hotel and we would recommend it to anyone looking for a historical hotel in a convenient location. Find Out More...
The St Pancras Renaissance
Is a London icon & a model of modern hospitality. Behind the fairytale façade that Sir George Gilbert Scott fashioned for the Midland Grand is a 5-star London hotel like no other – one that mingles Victorian splendour with contemporary style and service.
Step inside the spectacular glazed entrance hall where Victorian high society once alighted from horse-drawn cabs, and later, glide down the famous grand staircase to dinner in the Gilbert Scott Restaurant, the brilliant, fresh brasserie cuisine of Marcus Wareing awaits.
The luxury London hotel hosts 245 guest rooms, including 38 beautifully restored & updated suites. When you’re ready to tear yourself away from your room, take a journey of the senses in the St Pancras Spa. Stop for refreshment in our 5-star London hotel’s Booking Office, the former ticket hall adjoining St Pancras Station & picture the drama of departures and arrivals.