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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
How to Get There
We stayed here when we had an early morning Eurostar departure just before Christmas. The location could not be easier for this. Check in was efficient and when they saw my mobility issue which I had not mentioned the taff relocated us to a more accessible room, and also helped with our cases the next morning. The room was large with a comfortable bed and surprisingly quiet given the busy location. Though there are cheaper places nearby there cannot be any better and we will certainly use it again whenever we travel from St Pancras on Eurostar.
I absolutely love the hotels location. Right between Kings Cross and St. Pancras stations. You are literally at the crossroads of London as far as the tube or trains go. I was greeted immediately upon entering the property, checked in without delay and taken immediately to my room. Very exceptional service. I love the bar and cafe outside where you can watch the world go by. There are several pubs nearby and just about any restaurant you could want. While it may be on the higher end it is well worth it.I definitely recommend this property.
Svetoslav made out stay fantastic we met him at front of house he took us to one of the lovely rooms in the hotel made us settle in run through everything available to us showed us the lovely pantry available to guests which is a brilliant idea offering cakes chocolates coffee and tea .
In my experience running businesses It goes to show if you get the right staff don’t miss them on your journey as they hard to get and this guy has big talent .
Location is more than perfect, just across from pancras station - very good restaurant - rooms are small for this price but are jewels - 3 bars, so lots of choice - next to underground and hip neigbourhood of Camden
The Great Northern is a luxury hotel with excellent service, amenities and accommodations located perfectly between Kings Cross and St Pancras train stations. The on site bars (down and up) and the very good Plum and Spilt Milk make this a great place to do business. Because of its location it is easy to take trains outside London and to take the tube. The rooms are really nicely furnished with a comfortable bed and plush beddings. The only issue I had with my room was managing the lack of a traditional shower. I was forewarned by the helpful front desk staff though. The only real drawback is that you will be in a very busy place indeed, and it is noisy in the evenings. I will return.