Sleepover at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
To talk about the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, I have to first tell you a bit about its fascinating history. This is a very quick Claire summary, so forgive me if I miss the smaller details! Originally opened in 1873 as the Midland Grand, it was the place to be seen in London. The architecture and Victorian Gothic design was all the rage and the hotel was a thriving scene of champagne parties and ball gowns. By the 1920's however, rival hotels had surpassed the Midland Grand and the hotel was seen to be "behind the times" (there was only five bathrooms within the entire hotel that all the guests had to share!), ultimately leading to the hotel's closure. Years went past and the building was left abandoned. At one point, the building was to be demolished for being outdated, but was successfully secured as a Grade I listed building to prevent that from happening. Still, it was left alone until 2002, when property developers stepped in to restore the building and hotel to its former glory. In 2011, the hotel re-opened as the St Pancras Renaissance with much of its original work still very much in place.
As part of a December treat for mum, I organised a trip into London. We checked into the hotel early afternoon, dropping off our bags before braving the shops and Christmas madness outside. Dinner at Frenchie in Covent Garden was followed by an evening performance of the wonderful Les Mis in the West End. After such a long day, the hotel was a welcome retreat to come back to. We stayed in one of the hotels Junior Chamber Suites which are slightly bigger than your standard London hotel room complete with a marble bathroom, giant king size bed and complimentary REN skincare products, as well as access to the Chambers Club where you can get free breakfast and nibbles all day long.
The hotel itself is as grand as you expect and completely magical. The corridors lead you to the most magnificent Grand Staircase, making you believe you're really inside Hogwarts. It is by far the most impressive hotel I've ever stayed in. It was busy but never chaotic, haunting without being spooky, classic but with the right amount of contemporary.
A magical stay in such a magical place.
Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR