Three room categories start with the Couchettes, which ‘evoke romantic sleeper compartments of the past’. Based on the description that includes a snugly fitted double bed, we’d expect these to be big on charm but less so on space. Wainscots are in the eaves of the hotel on the top floor, with walnut wood paneling. Cubitts are the largest rooms, named after the hotel’s master builder, and offer king beds. All appear to be sporting large angled mirrors above the bed, which can be a little porntastic, but we’ll reserve judgement until we’ve seen them in person.
We like the sound of free WiFi, movie and music libraries, and a complimentary pantry on each floor with snacks, drinks, books, newspapers, and magazines.
GNH Bar is open from 7am and flows from breakfast past the other meals of the day to late night drinks. Restaurant Plum & Spilt Milk is named after the livery from the first dining cars on the Flying Scotsman (an historic train that has been running between London and Edinburgh since 1862) and serves British and European food. Kiosk is the ground-floor artisan bakery.
We’ll have more from inside the Great Northern Hotel for you soon. Room rates start at £160 ($242) for a Couchette early April.
[Photos: Great Northern Hotel]