Great Northern Hotel, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, London
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Business-meets-Pleasure
- All rooms include access to pantries stocked with British candy and cake
- Handy panels with continental electrical outlets and USB ports in all rooms
- Excellent room service fare from Plum + Spilt Milk
- Resident DJs in the GNH Bar Wednesday to Saturday
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What To Know
- Despite being next to King’s Cross Station and just off one of London’s busiest roads, the rooms are surprisingly quiet
- Free WiFi
- Tons of free in-room movies, TV channels (including Sky Sports) and preloaded playlists
- Eurostar trains to France and Belgium depart from nearby St. Pancras station
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Originally built in 1854 by engineer Lewis Cubitt, the Great Northern Hotel is a revamped railway hotel on the edge of King’s Cross Station. Opened in 2013 after a four-year renovation, it scores high on the hip-hotel-o-meter with its gorgeous rooms, sultry wood-paneled cocktail bar and a best-of British restaurant helmed by a Michelin-starred chef. The sleek check-in area is strung with Art Deco chandeliers, and vintage travel posters dot the walls. It’s a glam take on the golden age of rail travel.
Bed & Bath
The 91 guestrooms have beautiful dimensions, with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling double sash windows (excellent at keeping the traffic and train noise at bay). The rooms are split into three categories: Couchette, the smallest, are styled like railway sleeper carriages, with cozy leather banquettes. The top-floor Wainscot rooms are decorated with walnut paneling, and the Cubitt rooms have an olive and cream color scheme, giant mirrors and bedside tables inspired by ladies’ vanity cases. They all feature Hypnos beds (supplier to the royal family) and handy amenities including free in-room movies, superfast WiFi, music playlists and Malin + Goetz toiletries in the white-tile bathrooms.
All rooms feature access to a pantry stocked with British candy (rhubarb and custards, jelly babies), cake, fruit and drinks, and there are magazines and local guides to flick through as you make a cuppa. Downstairs, Plum + Spilt Milk (named for the dining carriages in the Flying Scotsman trains that departed from King’s Cross) is presided over by Mark Sergeant, who picked up a Michelin star at Gordon Ramsay’s Claridge’s. Tuck into classic British dishes like Dorset crab and beef wellington and sip a post-dinner drink in the Snug, an intimate wood-paneled den, or the chandelier-strung GNH Bar, which opens directly onto the station concourse.
In the Area
The revitalized King’s Cross neighborhood is home to a number of top bars and restaurants. Walk behind the train station to Granary Square for the pick of the bunch; Caravan is an industrial-chic all-day dining spot in a converted grain store; Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store sits just next door and serves an eclectic brasserie-style menu spanning everything from Polish pierogi to Vietnamese salads; and Shrimpy’s is a hipster hangout in a former gas station that dishes up signature soft-shell crab burgers. The area is very well connected for travel to just about anywhere in London — and even Paris (the Eurostar train departs from St. Pancras Station). But there’s plenty to see within walking distance: stroll to Camden and Regent’s Park via a pretty canalside route, head to Islington to browse the boutiques along Upper Street, or you can walk to the British Museum in about 25 minutes.
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Came here for a weekend for my partners birthday and can't fault anything. Service absolutely spotless and beautiful rooms! Location is also absolutely great right next to kings cross. Everything very clean. Would highly recommend
Perfect location for us near Kings Cross.
Loved my room.
Excellent linen and housekeeping.
Pantry with free coffee and goodies.
Anthracite is a great add on for hotel guest to relax.
Staff very kind from the Albanian doorman to the Italian Lady at check-in.
Will be back.
I have been coming here for years. Location is brilliant - everything else is consistently mediocre. For nearly £400 you can have a box for the night with no wardrobe, just a few hooks and not even one on the back of the door.
Every time I come here the dopey reception boys say “have you been here before?” - yes about 25 times in the last year! What are PCs for?! Then today I get a crappier room than usual with a bed that is supposed to be a double but you can’t get out one side. The curtains don’t even shut. I don’t bother to complain because nothing is ever done.
The bar is staffed with people who have no interest and they shut at 11.00 tonight because it’s quiet! A hotel bar in central London!
There must be better value than this - avoid and force them to improve!
The room was beautifully appointed but quite small, overlooking the new roof to Kings Cross station. The entrance is unassuming to say the least and the reception desk is possibly the most insignificant I've been to. However, service is first class. The furnishings tasteful and of quality, the bathroom was lovely. The restaurant is also well designed and breakfast was splendid.
Love everything about this hotel - comfortable, well maintained and quiet rooms, well-equipped hospitality areas, great restaurant and bar, polite and helpful staff, location. It can be pricey but when I can afford it - it is my favourite place to stay.