With its imposing redbrick walls, cathedral-esque windows and towering spires, St Pancras station is one of the most beautiful buildings in London and the newly renovated Renaissance hotel (rumoured to have cost over £150m) only adds to this sense of disbelief.
Beautifully authentic, classic design fused with little modern luxuries. Padding around the corridors in your dressing gown will make you feel like you’ve slipped into one of JK Rowling’s novels or fallen asleep and awoken in another time.
The suites are enormous. Huge windows and double height ceilings remind you of the history of the hotel, while the enormous beds and flash televisions provide all the modern luxuries you’ve come to rely on. Gabriella and I stayed the night in a Chambers Junior Suite. We were greeted like old friends by the staff and swept to our room.
Having devoured our welcome chocolates we wriggled into our robes and headed straight for the spa.
The pool was the perfect temperature, but we were a little disappointed not to find a swimming jet. We decided it was probably for the best and retired to the steam room. The perfect blend of heat, moisture and essential oils lulled us into a deep state of relaxation. By the time we headed to dinner we were about as relaxed as melted butter.
We dined in the “Booking Office” which is the more laid back of the hotel’s two restaurants (the other being the fabulously decadent Gilbert Scott restaurant). We were served by attentive waiters and serenaded by one of the most impressive live singers I’ve heard (Adel had better watch her back). The menu was simple and the food was delicious; just what we needed after an exhausting afternoon in the spa.
After supper we climbed the winding staircase to our bedroom, which had been turned down ready for our return.
One of the most impressive parts of our stay was the next to invisible, yet impeccable service. It seemed they thought of everything, yet you never ran into a member of staff in the corridors. It was like having your own private castle and staff who use secret passages… ok, this place seriously messes with your imagination!
I stayed with a friend at the St Panras Renaissance, but honestly if you’re looking for the ultimate little romantic get away in the capital, I can’t recommend it highly enough. You can find all the booking information here or share this review as a little *hint* to a loved one using the buttons below, wink wink.
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR
Tel: (+44) (0)20 7841 3540