If you have any interest in restoration and/or English heritage, then this place is for you.
The building is absolutely outstanding in terms of it's fundamental beauty, the incredible attention to detail in its restoration. Palacial and Titanic-esque grandeur, and yet a gorgeously modern and contemporary feeling. Rooms retain many many original features including marble fireplaces and original windows.
So what of the Hotel, after all this is what you are there for?
Staff were welcoming throughout, but service was slow in places: the check-in (and check-out even more so) was glacial (partly as desk staff have to escort every guest to their room - some requirement no doubt of 5 stars...).
Rooms spectacular - we had a Grand Chambers room, with 600-count linen and very stylish and quality fittings. Ceiling must have been 12 feet high.
Some very nice touches in the room: a personal Nespresso machine. But, no cups! Aside large mugs in the tea/kettle set. Small detail, but at GBP500 per night, these things better be right. REN toiletries, and if you've not head them/heard of them, these are some of the best you can buy - they're quality, not designer!
Room was pretty noisy - the restoration appears not to have permitted double glazing and hence the road roar was evident throughout the night - this is London after all. You get used to it, but a little bit of a surprise.
Tried to have a light quick dinner on the terrace inside the station - spectacular location with full view of Eurostar terminal and the unbeatable bustle of a travel centre. But, we said we were on a tight timescale,and so could we be served promptly? Yes, apparently we could, but after 25 mins we were waiting so had to leave for our show. No dinner. Another small detail to be fixed - tell us we wouldn't be served quickly, and we would not have complained.
Breakfast is in the Club Chambers - great environment, but it was sold as 'Full English" - which actually meant sausages, bacon and scrambled egg. This needs to be 'fuller' to be classified as "Full English" - and for this money there is no excuse.
So, very good, but Marriott need to continue to work it to be great, which is 100% possible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hailed as London's most romantic building, the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is widely recognised as one of city's greatest Victorian landmarks. The 245-room hotel now boasts not only one of the most majestic staircases in Britain, but two bars & restaurants, a spa, a gentleman's grooming salon as well as some of the largest and most beautiful suites in the city. Our 5 star hotel is located at St Pancras International Station and is brimming with a fairytale facade that Sir George Gilbert Scott fashioned for the Midland Grand. Our hotel earns the ability to exceed every expectation while blending Victorian splendor with modern style and service. ... more less
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