St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
What We Love
- Vintage cocktails at the Booking Office Bar
- Proximity to Kings Cross Station, a hub of public transport in London
- The tiled subterranean pool — a rarity in a London hotel
- Private dining at the chefs' table in the Gilbert Scott available by appointment
What To Know
- Chambers Rooms include access to the Chambers Club for breakfast, snacks, and more
- Barlow Rooms are in the new wing of the hotel and lack the high ceilings and historic details of Chambers Club Rooms
- Appointments are required at the St. Pancras Spa
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
London’s other historic hotels pale in comparison to the restored St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. With 245 rooms, including 38 suites, the St. Pancras is the newest offering to the Kings Cross neighborhood and the only five-star hotel linked to the immensely convenient St. Pancras International train station. Beyond all the leisure activities and services, the in-house spa and men’s barber shop, the hotel doubles as a historical tour destination and portal into London’s architecture and history.
In the Area
You’ll be centrally located in London, steps from British Library and minutes from Cartwright Gardens as well as King’s College London and the London Zoo. If you want to get out of the central London bubble, hop on a Santander bike from one of the many bike stations and drop it back at another stand in the city. You can spend a day exploring the famous Camden market in North London, then catch a performance at the unique arts space at the Roundhouse Theatre. Since much of the development for the 2012 Olympics has been concentrated in London’s East End, that borough has become one of the most transformed areas of the city. Join the city’s cool kids with a picnic in Victoria Park or London Fields, or hunt for vintage finds on Brick Lane.
How to Get There
This review is a bit late. I would like to say how fantastic our bartender Aaron was. His service was tremendous, made me and my wife very happy especially the birthday girl. she was very happy with the service. I would like to thank everyone else as well, as the night was amazing.
My wife and I stayed for three nights as part of a work trip. On arrival, the grandeur of the building, and the interesting space created as the lobby were very interesting to us (both Architects), however that enthusiasm was quickly tempered once we arrived in our room in the "Barlow wing". These are the 'newer' rooms and most certainly not the ones all over their Instagram profile and other information sources. The room had to have been one of the blandest and most 'beige' rooms we've ever stayed in - perhaps because we didn't select this hotel ourselves - or perhaps it actually was pretty boring. It's been described elsewhere as "restrained" and "pared back". Tiny window with no real view too made the room feel gloomy. Temperature control was "interesting" (buttons to raise/lower the temperature by a number of degrees - but we only ever saw the result change by perhaps 1 degree being a little too warm for us). The bathroom, in a hotel charging 500 pounds a night (we asked for a possible extra nights stay) shouldn't have a plastic raised shower base in a new building, and should have better ventilation. Overall - underwhelmed by the accommodation. I believe that there are other (more expensive) parts of the hotel with suites, etc. that are much grander in their accommodations.
However, the service and hospitality was generally pretty good, the breakfast spread was excellent (I could drink that grapefruit juice all day) and when my wife fell ill, the cup of tea delivered to the room was a godsend. The location was great too. We saw hundreds of people getting on and off the Eurostar, and we used the Tube Station regularly and could almost get to where we needed without going outside.
Perhaps it was the stress of my wife not being well (we were only 3 days into our 11 day trip when we decided to leave the St. Pancras and fly all the way back to Australia) but I can't help but think that there are better options in London.
This hotel is outstanding….their terrific team, large rooms and consistently responsive service made for a lovely stay. I was actually under the weather while I was there and their genuine caring response was wonderful when not feeling well thousands of miles away from home. They made sure I was comfortable and checked in on me regularly.
You can be confident you will experience a warm welcome and good service!
We just checked into the Barlow Wing and sadly it’s just not what’s shown on the website or certainly not the impression I got . This wing of the hotel is really no different than any nondescript run of the mill cookie cutter chain hotel room.
We found out you have to book the suites in the Chambers wing to get the grander that’s portrayed on the website and this beautiful buildings exterior.
When I inquired I was told that they would check and call me back. At 6:50pm that night I received a call - but, of course, by that time we were unpacked and settled and we elected it wasn’t worth the trouble of the move. I will say the call was handled well and the staff did express concern and a desire to resolve the disappointment (for an additional to the room rate).
Also to note the in-room WiFi didn’t work at all the 2nd day / WIFi did work in the lobby but didn’t in our room anyway.
The breakfast was very nice and the F&B staff there were great.
The bar is great and the drinks are very well prepared.
Despite all the positives the perceived room difference to the website just left a bit of a sour taste with us.
Amazing, treated like royalty from the minute we got out of our cab. Staff friendly attentive and oh so helpful. Early check in awesome with room upgraded, both great value. Bed extremely comfy great location loads of shopping and restaurants on the doorstep. What more could you need. This was the perfect place to stay to end our UK holiday and celebrate the 60th birthday in style. Thanks for genuinely looking after us.