St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
An amazing Gothic fantasy, with premium facilities
The St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel is a monument to Victorian romanticism. British poet John Betjeman called this magnificent Gothic building "too beautiful and too romantic to survive" in a world of tower blocks of concrete. But survived it has! It has been superbly restored, and today the spectacular exteriors and interiors are as dazzling as they were in 1873, when it first opened, in an inauguration in the presence of Queen Victoria. It was designed as a hotel by Sir George Gilbert Scott to receive travellers from St. Pancras Station. At that time, it was named the Midland Grand Hotel, and it offered guests luxury and fantasy. It had "ascending rooms" (lifts) and revolving doors, both highly innovative at the time.
The boutique hotel has 245 bedrooms, all with high speed internet, flat screen TVs and in-room safe. There are 38 superb Victorian suites with many period features, notably the high ceilings and tall windows. The Presidential Suite has three bedrooms and a luxurious lounge area. Guests in the London boutique hotel suites have personalized butler service and private club access.
The restaurants and lounges at the St. Pancras Renaissance include The Gilbert Scott, with English cuisine by Marcus Wareing, one of Britain's most famous chefs. Open for lunch and dinner, it offers a sophisticated bar and restaurant experience, with a menu that features many classic British recipes. Bookings +44 020 7278 3888. See also www.thegilbertscott.co.uk
The Booking Office restaurant offers an unusual setting for a business breakfast, snacks, or classic English dining from an all day menu. It has a cathedral-like interior, with a 29 metre-long bar. It also serves a range of punches and cocktails, with many rare recipes from the Victorian age. It has an extension at platform level, for al fresco dining overlooking the Eurostar platforms. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Late Bar is open until 3 a.m. Bookings +44 020 7841 3540.
The St. Pancras Spa is in a class of its own, a luxurious and exclusive spa with six health and beauty rooms for a complete sensorial experience. Facilities include a heated indoor pool, and the St. Pancras Gym, a health club with cardiovascular equipment, weights, and a wellness system. Facilities include Pro 5 Air Power Plates, a Kinesis stand-alone multigym, and Swiss Balls.
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The St. Pancras Renaissance has comprehensive facilities for business and conference events, with rooms restored to Victorian splendour, fitted with the latest presentation technology. Events ranging from one-to-one meetings to interviews, board meetings, workshops, seminars, launches and receptions for up to 550 guests can be held.