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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
King’s Cross is London’s gateway to Europe, Hogwarts and the north. And the hotel that dominates its south-east facade is built on an appropriately epic scale. The colossal arched doors are plenty tall enough for Hagrid to enter, like in the movies. Inside, the only way is up. Pillars of Connemara marble rise up to pointed ceilings; the double staircase twists majestically; even the arched bedroom windows are so tall that the curtains are a minor miracle of engineering. It looks like it was built by a giant sometime during the industrial revolution – then redecorated, recently and ever so slightly naffly, by his comfort-loving new spouse. This building, known as the Midland Grand Hotel way back when, is a monument to epic Victorian confidence and wild decorative detail. Amazingly, it was almost bulldozed in the ’60s and was a wreck ten years ago. Its immaculate architectural restoration and re-opening in 2011 was greeted with acclaim. Its actual architect George Gilbert Scott was prolific – the Agatha Christie of the Gothic revival. And like the churches Scott specialised in, it’s constructed more for awe and wonder than draught exclusion. But the Marriott group have done a sturdy job of insulating you from the outside world. Double glazing reduces the polluted east-west Euston Road to a mere thrum. Standard-issue luxury bathrooms have been deposited, in pods, in the oh-so-tall rooms. There’s also nice art, well-chosen books, authentic fleur-de-lys wallpaper, beds as wide a
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