London is synonymous with opulence. More and more exclusive developments are being built to house anonymous millionaires, and tucked away in quiet, unassuming streets you’ll find exclusive clubs and societies that seem a world away. Sometimes you just can’t help but wonder what goes on behind all those closed doors, out of sight and out of mind. Well, today I want to give you a little insight into the places that are a little more exclusive than most!
St. Pancras Renaissance – Victorian luxury in the heart of London
Housed in King’s Cross St. Pancras, one of London’s most iconic and romantic landmarks, the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel is a swanky number all right – it offers unmatched 5 star luxury right in the heart of the capital and boasts a range of suites the likes of which you’ve never seen before. It’s picked up a whole host of awards and accolades over the years, including the Sunday Times Readers’ Awards and the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and it even featured on Condé Nast’s Gold List and Hot List. With a track record as good as that you know that a stay here is something you’ll never forget!
Of course King’s Cross St. Pancras is one of London’s major railway and underground hubs, so after a while commuters will stop paying attention to the grand building and the intricate architecture, but I’m sure that once you learn what’s actually stashed away inside you’ll learn to appreciate it all over again!
St. Pancras Renaissance: The iconic building at night time – the building first opened its doors in 1873 and has since been used for all sorts of purposes…including that Spice Girls music video!
St. Pancras Renaissance: The Booking Office is one of the hotels’ bars and restaurants – I think all the original features are a great nod to the glory days of travel!
St. Pancras Renaissance: There’s no doubt about it – the architecture is mind-blowing! The Grand Staircase will make you feel like you’ve wandered into some fairy tale palace…
St. Pancras Renaissance: Probably the most exclusive part of the hotel – the Chambers Club. Located in the former entrance hall, it’s open only to guests staying at the suites. There’s a strict dress code and the privileged guests receive complimentary drinks, snacks and canapés… Not bad!
St. Pancras Renaissance: There are 4 bars and restaurants, all of which are suitably grand and inviting.
St. Pancras Renaissance: The spa is located underground in the former kitchens, with plenty of lavish treatments on offer. The walls feature gorgeous Victorian tiling which really makes the pool stand out.
St. Pancras Renaissance: There are also numerous spaces that can be hired out for events or meetings – this is the Ladies’ Smoking Room, which also has an outdoor terrace overlooking London.
St. Pancras Renaissance: The hotel is split into two wings – the Barlow and the Chambers. Regular rooms are in the Barlow, but the Chambers Wing is where you’ll find the luxurious suites such as this, the Gilbert Scott Suite!
St. Pancras Renaissance: The Haywood Suite in particular highlights how the building’s original features are combined with more modern furnishings.
St. Pancras Renaissance: However the Royal Suite is the one that really steals the show. It’s probably one of the biggest suites I’ve ever come across at a whopping 248m² and room for 8 people! It has a walk-in wardrobe, 3 bedrooms, a dining area, 4 bathrooms plus a butler, VIP Eurostar transfer, chauffeur-driven airport transfers… goodness, the list just goes on and on! It’s crazy!
Booking with St. Pancras Renaissance
St. Pancras Renaissance sure is classy, and I’m sure some of you may be curious to try it out for yourselves. However I think it’s also well worth checking it out if you’re planning a trip to Europe via the Eurostar – after all, the trains will be right on your doorstep, so all you’ll have to do is just roll out of bed. Give yourself an extra night and stay the night before your train departs so you can begin your holiday well-rested! Trivago can get you some awesome deals – just be sure to keep checking to find the best prices! You’ll be amazed at the size of the reductions on offer.
Getting to St. Pancras Renaissance
Luckily this hotel is easy for us all to get to thanks to its fantastic, central location that’s well connected by public transport. There are plenty of trains that go to London from all over the country, and you could even book domestic flights from other major UK airports such as Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast. Guests at the upper-end suites can get a chauffeur-driven transfer to and from the airport – just discuss it with the hotel in advance. In addition there is a VIP escort service from the hotel to the Eurostar terminal when travelling onward.
So, there you have it! Did you ever think all this luxury was tucked away at what seems like a normal London train station? I’m sure next time you stop by during your travels you’ll look at King’s Cross St. Pancras in a totally new light…I know for a fact that I do! Have you already stayed here before or combined a night here with an onward trip to Europe? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!