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File this story under "Ouch": London's much vaunted and hyped St. Pancras Renaissance has received a less than stellar review by The Telegraph, whose reviewer describes rooms in the sprawling property as "bland" and "overpriced," with "lacklustre service" to match.
Among writer Fiona Duncan's main gripes: loud street traffic, curiously absent employees to answer questions, non-functioning internet, and no business centre for guests' use.
The first complaint comes as no surprise to those of us on the ground in London; anyone that's emerged above ground from King's Cross International Station, site of the Eurorail link and a major tube station, can attest to the constant swarm of travelers, buses, and horn honking taxi drivers around the area and the headache-inducing cacophony they produce.
Additionally, the noise complaint was brought up just after opening by The Daily Mail who mentioned that the "room shakes gently" when a train pulls out of the station. The non-functioning internet is new, however, and such a shame as it costs £6 an hour or £15 pounds for 24-hour access. Ugh.
The view from one of the 38 rooms in the St Pancras Renaissance’s original building
We may not have had the best reception, to put it mildly, when we hit up the
This weekend saw two new articles on the hotel pop up in the British press. The first, in the Mail, brought some stunning new photos and awesome new hotel geek factoids: like the fact that the lobby, which is described as being possibly the largest in Europe (might want to check on that, Renaissance folks), used to be a cab rank, or that the main staircase was built wide so that two women could pass in crinolines without brushing into each other.
One not so good thing: as a train pulls out of the station, “the room shakes, gently”. Uh oh.
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Is the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel open or what? Most signs point to yes, seeing as how glossy photos of the £150m renovation have been all over the press, and you can even book to stay there tonight. On the other hand, the security guard blocking our entrance to the hotel said no, the hotel is not open...to the public. Umm...whaaat?!
The St Pancras Renaissance is a towering Gothic landmark, formerly the Midland Grand Hotelthat sits at the prime location on top of/next to St Pancras International train station, where the Eurostar departs to points like Paris and Brussels. It opened on March 14, with new bookings from March 21, but apparently even on Sunday, March 27, the hotel still wasn't ready to be seen. Here's what went down...
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But just now when we took a look at the hotel website, our hearts sank to see it simply declaring a March opening. Going further, we found you can’t book rooms for March 14 anymore – the earliest available date is March 28. Bummer.