A reborn London rail hotel
The St. Pancras Renaissance is easily one of London’s most recognizable hotels. The massive Gothic red brick façade with signature soaring spires was originally opened in 1873 as the Midland Grand Hotel, and was built alongside the St. Pancras train station. The hotel closed its doors in 1935 and sat vacant until a £200 million renovation saw the property modernized and reopened in 2011. Many of the historic features of the hotel were retained or reimagined, with the booking office converted into an expansive bar and restaurant and the carriage arrivals bay transformed into a lobby area complete with a soaring atrium ceiling. The hotel is made up of two sections: the Barlow House, which is a modern addition featuring 207 rooms, and the Chambers, which includes 38 rooms in the original section of the building. The Chambers section features the hotel’s many elaborate suites, such as the Grand Staircase suite and the Royal Suite. The hotel is still connected to St. Pancras train station—simply stroll through the Booking Office restaurant to access the Eurostar platform. In addition to several bars and restaurants, the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel also features a full service spa, indoor pool, fitness center and a dazzling amount of Victorian handiwork throughout.