Pullman London St Pancras
What We Love
- Handy location close to three of London's major train stations (Euston, King's Cross and St. Pancras) and the revitalized Granary Square, for hip restaurants and bars
- Stylish decor incorporates arty light fixtures and rock-and-roll photography
- Impressive selection of top-notch wines and a 200-plus whiskey menu
What To Know
- The restaurant is closed for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays
- 24-hour room service
- WiFi is free
- A DJ spins tunes on Friday night in the lobby
- Eurostar trains to France and Belgium depart from nearby St. Pancras station
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
This contemporary crash pad manages to seamlessly cater to a corporate crowd without sacrificing the kind of stylish aesthetic hip weekenders expect. Funky light fixtures made from bowler hats and high-back armchairs in deep red and mustard sit next to a library-style business lounge in the vast open-plan lobby-cum-restaurant-cum-bar. Slate-gray walls, dark wood floors, graphic print wallpaper, mirrored columns and arty lighting create a buzzy vibe on check-in. Take a ride in the great glass elevator for a glimpse of the London skyline, or head to the upper corridors to peer over the red brick British Library, just next door.
Bed and Bath
There’s plenty of slate gray kicking around in the 312 guestrooms, but it’s broken up with pops of color (teal, mustard or fire-engine-red, depending on the room type). Plush striped carpets, scatter cushions and leather-look wall panels add warmth, and creature comforts include extra-wide platform beds with memory foam pillows, tea- and coffeemaking facilities (Nespresso machines come standard in the Deluxe Rooms) and a handy array of electrical sockets on either side of the bed. Arty photos depicting East London scenes dot the bedroom walls, and the corridors showcase impressive shots of British musicians including Morrissey and the Cure. The sleek bathrooms feature chunky slate-effect tiling, square rain showers and Roger & Gallet bath products.
The sprawling open-plan ground floor is divided into a series of zones in which to wine, dine, lounge and work. Breakfast and lunch are served from an open kitchen surrounded by gray leather booths. Chandeliers resembling giant dandelions dangle from the high ceiling and are reflected in the mirrored columns that divide the tables. In the evening the space transforms into the Golden Arrow restaurant (named for a luxe Pullman train), where you can tuck into a largely Anglo-French menu (moules marinière with Scottish mussels, Cornish chicken marinated in garlic) and meat dishes cooked over charcoal in a Josper oven. The restaurant’s centerpiece is a nifty cylindrical wine contraption that dispenses top-notch wines by the glass, and the sleek bar serves an impressive selection of more than 200 whiskeys. There’s a small fitness center with a sauna on the fifth floor.
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
Stayed here for two nights. Room was nice and the breakfast was great. Great position for Eurostar as its walking distance to the station. We needed to catch an early train to Paris and this location was ideal and were able to have an early breakfast at 7am. We used hop on hop off buses to explore London.
We recently stayed at The Pullman and I can’t say enough good things about the service at this hotel. We were greeted genuinely at the front desk and after going through the check in process were offered an upgraded room type. Then as our check in was somewhat early, they graciously stored our bags while we went our sightseeing for the day. (this was a seamless process). Upon our return we retrieved our bags and went to our room. Very clean, tidy and spacious. We needed some help with our adapters and called the front desk and someone was sent up immediately to assist us. Thanks for a wonderful stay Pullman.
Back to the Pullman after some time away and it's still my favourite hotel in London. Aside from the incredibly convenient location, it's a hotel where everything has been considered from a guest's practical perspective. Instead of wasting time on fripperies, the hotel spends time getting the details right on aspects that matter to travellers.
Guests are greeted every time you enter/leave; welcoming lobby and bar that you actually want to spend time relaxing in; options for earlier/later check in/out; spacious 24/7 gym (possibly the best hotel gym I've been to in London); great room service and bar menu; and well designed rooms, even at entry level, with blackout curtains, soundproof windows and superking beds in the second cheapest room category, and the top suite being like a mini-apartment.
Even little details show thought, such as the double high backed chairs placed next to the lift/floor to ceiling windows, so you can sit and enjoy the fabulous view, especially from the higher floors. They even have resident bees!
All this with consistently sensible prices. It really does feel like a home from home and I always look forward to going back and spending time there - feels so relaxing and much more than just a hotel.