The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel built in 1872 and reopened in 2011 is one of the country’s great railway hotels that still offers its clients the same decadent luxury from its beginnings.
It features an underground spa hosted in the former steam kitchens perfect for unwinding before or after Eurostar.
The Booking Office bar, also known as the setting for the Spice Girls’ Wannabe video, where all guests take selfies on the staircase, is the perfect place for winning and dinning in atmospheric style.
The hotel was built over St Pancras International railway station, and offers direct access to the platforms, which makes it a convenient location for a pre- or post-Eurostat stopover.
Domestic trains go from adjacent King’s Cross, while the Underground connects you to the Victoria, Northern and Piccadilly Lines.
Not to mention about the British Library, which is practically next door, in case you’re interested by some culture post-pampering.
This neo-gothic masterpiece amazes all its viewers. Its busy lobby features red-brick walls and industrial-glam glass roof, also being dotted with amazing flower displays and indoor trees.
The renowned Grand Staircase is one of the hotel’s most impressive features. It covers several floors and is adorned with intricately patterned carpet and backed by fleur de lis wallpaper. The atrium is crowned by a lush ceiling reminiscent of a starry night sky.
The rooms are decorated with inoffensive color palettes and glitzy touches in velvet scatter cushions and mirrors. The bathrooms are covered in marble and stocked with full-sized REN products.
The pool is kept at the perfect temperature between 31 and 33 degrees and features a whirlpool and bubble beds.
The steam room is shrouded by herbal scents and adorned by a twinkly-lit ceiling. The saunas are placed in the changing rooms. There is also a gym.
This urban spa is suited best to a morning or afternoon session rather than a full day visit.
The hotel offers five treatment rooms, including one couple’s suite. The packages are offered under different names such as English Garden, Inner Strength, an Indonesia, and include a mix of treatments.
If you ever arrive at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel make sure you take advantage of their treatments because you will enjoy maximum of comfort and treatments design to de-stress you in an instance.
Food and drink
Enjoying a cocktail in the grand Booking Office bar which used to be the King’s Cross ticket office, is practically a must here.
The Gilbert Scott restaurant provides more formal dining, while the Booking Office offers a more varied and extensive menu such as classic dishes – burgers, steak, fish and chips, but also creative mains such as roasted wood grouse with buttermilk mash, coffee, vanilla, chicory and hazelnuts.
You can also enjoy a wonderful breakfast here (£19 continental; £26 full). It includes homemade granola, a great selection of cheeses, perfect pastries, a Middle Eastern section with hummus, halloumi, and more.
The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London can become your perfect getaway for a weekend or as long as you wish for.
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