I remember writing about the opening of this hotel two years ago. Then things went quiet and now we hear all of a sudden it’s opening and what’s more it’s happening next month! The hotel in question is the Great Northern Hotel, London’s first railway hotel which opened back in 1845 and will now re-open in April 2013. The hotel been closed for a total of 12 years but now after a £40 million refurb it’s ready to welcome guests once more.
The hotel is located in a Grade II listed building situated between Kings Cross and St Pancras stations which means it’s the perfect choice for business travellers with some of the best transport links in the city. It looks like the St Pancras Renaissance might have some serious competition on its hands. The interiors have been restored to the hotel’s former glory and the decor is set to evoke the romance of train travel from a bygone era.
There will be 91 rooms with three different types including the interesting sounding Couchettes (picture below) which are designed to resemble train sleeper compartments, a restaurant named Plum + Spilt Milk and a bar which opens directly onto the western concourse of King’s Cross Station.
Room rates start at £250, which may sound steep but includes complimentary access to a pantry with home cooked snack and drinks, a library of films, audio books, playlists, magazines, USB printers, newspapers and the all important free Wi-Fi.
Photo credits: Great Northern Hotel.