N1C 4TB Travel Guide
Having shown you an aerial view of London's Great Northern Hotel and its integration in the redesign of King’s Cross Station, we ventured over earlier this week to find out how four years of renovation had spruced up this once-derelict 1854 hotel. Not surprisingly, its location at the intersection of six London underground (metro) lines, national, and international railway stations, means there is a hive of activity around the hotel.
Once you step through the doors and move up from the buzzy downstairs bar to the guest floors and one of its 91 rooms, all of that fades away, to be replaced by unexpected silence and lots of that new hotel smell we love so much. Three available room categories include entry-level Couchettes, top-floor Wainscots, and larger Cubitts. We could happily spend time in any of them, but to us the choice for one over the other is best based on your reason for staying and your color preference. Read on to find out why.
The last few years has seen a major transformation of London’s King’s Cross neigborhood, an area dominated by the railway station of the same name and its international sibling, St. Pancras. The latter saw the opening of the much-hyped Renaissance hotel (Spice Girls reunion and all), and next month King’s Cross will see its own classic hotel revival with the reopening of the Great Northern Hotel.
Originally opened in 1854, the curve-shaped hotel (to the left in the above picture) is fully integrated in the spectacular redesign of the station’s Western Concourse, which soars like an inverse steel waterfall overhead. Inside, you’ll find just over ninety rooms over six floors, as well as a restaurant, bar, and take-away bakery.