The author, who stayed in both hotels last week, notes that the St Pancras main building may be glorious but that all but 38 of the hotel rooms are in a modern extension at the back of the hotel called Barlow House, and are merely “fine, but you could be in a Marriott anywhere.” Oops! Something the Mail neglected to mention. And, looking at the hotel website, it looks like the nice rooms start from a whopping £550 a night. He continues:
The 38 rooms in the original building have the drama — arched windows, sky-high ceilings, original fireplaces — but rather bland decor. With Euston Road out front, Eurostar platforms at the back and the Thameslink line rumbling below, noise is an issue, too. A good night’s sleep is pretty fundamental, and mine wasn’t particularly great.
Like us, Sunday Times man liked the “jaw-dropping” bar and its £7.50 cocktails, as well as the underground spa, but noticed that the vibe is “starting slow” (yeah, that’s one way of putting it).
Incidentally, when it came to the W, he rated the soundproofing top notch - “Wardour Street looked like a silent movie” – and seemed to like those fugly rooms:
hey’re a hoot. Nothing’s where you expect it to be. The loo’s in a cupboard. The shower’s in another cupboard. The sink’s in the middle of the room. The vibrator’s in the minibar. There’s lots of glass, white plastic and satin-effect curtains: Hugh Hefner meets The Jetsons. It’s genuinely original and efficient… and the bed is blissful.
His verdict? It’s an interesting one: the W won over St P, because of the rooms. Guess either the shower curtains and gold throws look less tacky in real life, or someone really liked his Tenga Egg in the minibar. Or, you know, the bed-soundproofing combo really is that good. Our take on it? Until we have enough money to afford a room in the original building and bring ear plugs, we'll probably spend our St Pancras money at the bar.
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