A landmark hotel in every sense of the word, the St Pancras Renaissance is the born-again Midland Grand, the pioneering railway hotel designed into the station’s imposing Gothic Revival frontage. It opened in 1873 but fell into disuse in the 20th century (except for appearances as a Harry Potter backdrop and in the Spice Girls' 'Wannabe' video, among other screen roles).
The Renaissance group (fittingly) has done a beautiful and painstaking job of restoring it to its breathtaking, Grade I-listed best while adding modern comforts. The 120 rooms and suites in the historic hotel (there’s a new wing too) have high ceilings, original features and awesome views over the station concourse or forecourt. Facilities are high-spec – Bose stereo, Nespresso machines, REN toiletries, marble baths – and the furniture is modern classic in style.
Design is sensitive to the context, re-using motifs from the original decor in the carpets, forexample.The subterranean spa includes saunas, a steam room and a Victorian tiled relaxation pool. Public areas, including both restaurants and the gorgeous grand staircase, are similarly splendid. London loves it.
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Booked an organised tour of the hotel for £20pp for just over an hour. A building I've wanted to visit for a long time and wasn't disappointed. It is beautiful and decadent. The artful use of metal throughout the building to give it strength is impressive - ornate metal ceilings painted to look like plaster; stone pillars that enclosed strong iron columns. The building was described to us as being built like a wedding cake with the tallest rooms on the ground floor and the gradual lowering of the ceilings on each level as the building was constructed upwards. Fascinating. So many more facts, historical and architectural. We were shown two of the public rooms which were set out to host an extravagant wedding, adding a touch of excitement and glamour to the tour. Thank goodness Sir John Betjamin saved this wonderful building from the bulldozers