St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London is a sparkling gem in the capital, standing as an architectural feat in the local area. A luxury five-star hotel with distinctive character, it offers a truly unique place to stay, meet, eat and relax.
The 245 room hotel incorporates 38 historical Chambers suites and the exclusive Chambers Club. There is a range of dining options including the Booking Office bar and restaurant, Hansom Lounge, MI + ME and The Gilbert Scott restaurant, managed by renowned British Chef, Marcus Wareing. The hotel also boasts a Spa and 10 unique meeting and event spaces. Combining stunning architecture and an exceptional level of service, the hotel offers an experience like no other.
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The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
You’ve checked in, dropped your luggage in your room and sat down… Even if you have only just arrived, you can probably tell that this is no ordinary hotel. The architecture, the decoration, the mixture of classical and contemporary – the chances are it is like no other hotel you have ever entered, or will ever enter.
The story of how it came into existence is just as extraordinary. It is the tale of a true renaissance; of a national treasure that was almost reduced to rubble but that is today, once again, the pride of London.
It begins in the 1860s, when the thriving Midland Railway, which connected the industrial heartlands of the East Midlands and Yorkshire with London, took the decision to construct its own line into the capital, rather than share tracks with other companies. It chose the unprepossessing district of St Pancras, on the northern side of New Road (later Euston Road) as the site for its new terminus.
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The hotel's story is one of true renaissance, having found its life at first as the Midland Grand Hotel, and later been reborn.
Since the opening of St Pancras station in 1868, the hotel has always occupied a special part of railway history. The hotel first opened in 1876 as a grand and innovative hotel ahead of its time.
After its closure in 1935, British Rail moved into the building. It was granted Grade I listing in status in 1967.
It failed its fire certificate in 1985 and a "Package of Safety" works began in 1990. By 1997, the restoration of the Chambers Wing was complete.
Planning permission was permitted and restoration to bring the hotel back to life started in 2005 with St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London as we know it today opening again in 2011.
The hotel was designed by George Gilbert Scott, an eminent ecclesiastical architect whose cathedral-like vision still resonates throughout the hotel interiors.
It is most commonly hailed as Gothic Revival in style, but Scott brings a sizeable slice of the Midlands to London with the use of Midlands stone, instantly linking the hotel forever with its romantic railway history.
Designed and built in an era of gas lighting, building was flooded with as much natural daylight as possible. This has resulted in the impressive floor-to-ceiling windows and wonderfully arched stairwalls.
During its renovation, expert craftsmen and painters were employed to bring together a kaleidoscope of colours, patterns and periods to create exact replicas of original features.
It features fleur-de-lis patterning and the panels of the 7 virtues.
The hotel's architect George Gilbert Scott’s ecclesiastical background is apparent across the vaulted ceiling, eclipsing the three stories of balustrading, in wrought iron which contain original gas fittings.
Painted with stars as well as the Virtues and heraldic arms of the Midland Railway, Scott marries cathedral-like awe with the innovation of industry.
There still remain the exotic remains of the Ishlac, the Islamic wooden “veil” behind which Turkish coffee was sipped in the stone stairwell below.
Rumour has it that the width of the staircase, as well as the corridors, were of such enormity so as to permit two ladies in bustles to pass.
38 luxurious Suites each individually decorated make up the Chambers Wing.
Towering ceilings, marble fireplaces and bathrooms and authentic period features make each Chambers Suite completely unique.
Every individual Suite has a character all of its own which resonates throughout. Each has an individual style and atmosphere of its own.
The integration of all the latest must-have technologies gives guests all the convenience of modern day amenities without compromising on the historic settings.
With a Chambers Suite, guests are granted access to the exclusive Chambers Club, use of our Butler Services and can use our Eurostar VIP Service.
What was once the entrance half of the Midland Grand Hotel is now the Chambers Club.
An exclusive section of the hotel open to Chambers Suites guests and VIPs only, it offers an indulgent experience of hospitality.
Step down a curving staircase or through the Booking Office to find the private Chambers Club which provides breakfast, light afternoon snacks and evening drinks in an atmospheric setting.
It’s your very own luxurious home-from-home, with complementary Wi-Fi throughout, boasting an array of quiet corners for you to retreat to.
A Victorian-inspired oasis of calm offering beauty and therapy rituals from all over the globe, it’s one of London’s best-kept secrets.
A subterranean sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the St Pancras Spa boasts period features such as great brick archways and soaring floor-to-ceiling windows.
It stands where the former steam kitchens were once located making for a very unique spa relaxation experience.
Six treatment rooms including a couple’s suite feature king size heated beds and a personal spa butler for every guest as well as a traditional sauna, therapeutic steam room and relaxation lounge.