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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Address Euston Road; London NW1 2AR
by Midland Road/Judd Street
Neighbourhood King’s Cross | See on map
Tube King’s Cross [Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria]
Telephone +44 20 7841 3540
Website http://stpancrasrenaissance.co.uk/
Price From £300

You wouldn’t automatically think much of a railway hotel, seemingly reserved for imagination-free sleepovers with functional facilities for weary travellers. However, let the St Pancras Renaissance (referencing the Marriott brand, not the era), re-opened after 138 years in one of London’s most spectacular station buildings, blow all your misconceptions apart.

A Grade-I Gothic masterpiece originally designed by Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, its red brick exterior is all romantic towers and soaring cathedral windows. A seriously painstaking restoration has taken place inside with wallpapers uncovered, gold-leaf ceilings and rich medieval colours twinned with pink and white stone and granite, but great efforts have been made to maintain the original structure.

The lobby used to be the station’s taxi rank and still incorporates the glazed roof and blue ironwork, whilst the corridors are huge, not to accommodate visiting Yanks, but thanks to the skirt widths of the Victorian era. The 38 Chambers suites in the original hotel have likewise been spruced up to evoke times past – for something more contemporary, book a room in the new wing.

Chambers guests also get free Wi-Fi, butler service and access to the 24-hour Chambers Club, though all guests can access the amazing Booking Office Bar (with 19th Century punch recipes served in copper bowls), Marcus Wareing’s David Collins-designed restaurant, Melogy barbers, and the hotel’s gym/spa with Victorian-tiled swimming pool.

Yes, you might wake up to the odd platform-announcement (and no, we haven’t discovered the one to wizarding school yet although Harry Potter was filmed here), but for a stunning experience with real historical clout, it can’t be beat. Or you could just invoke your inner Scary Spice and “zig-a-zig-ah” down the spectacular staircase that was the location for the ‘Wannabe’ debut from the Spice Girls.