The Great Northern Hotel, London

Located literally just outside St Pancras Station, one of London’s finest luxury hotels, The Great Northern Hotel!   Designed by Victorian master builder Lewis Cubitt, the world’s first railway hotel first opened its doors in 1854, and after a magnificent refurbishment, The Great Northern Hotel is one of the finest luxury boutique hotels in London.

We were luckily invited to stay during the first weekend of September. As we entered the hotel, we were greeted by two extremely helpful members of staff in an intimate and cosy reception. Once checked in, we were shown to the ‘Cubitt room’, having walked through wide, spectacular corridors with dark oak floors and soft cream long runner carpets cascading down the middle. Before entering our room, we were informed about our very own pantry…simply wow! Every floor in this hotel has a pantry with complimentary Tea Pig bags, Nespresso coffee, sweets and even homemade cakes. A lovely touch!

The Cubitt room, named after the hotel’s master builder, offered us a timeless elegance and grace, with a twist of modernity and touch of sensuality. The room itself is slightly on the small side but very fresh and clean, with beautiful, large windows, high ceilings and heavy cream curtains. Sleek glass doors to the bathroom offered little privacy, but very stylish. The lighting is very nice, easily controlled by dimmers, creating a soft romantic feel. This room really is the cut above with stunning views across the newly built Kings Cross square, super cool furniture, the most comfortable bed you’ll ever stay in, and a bathroom to die for (including a rainfall shower for two)!   Once we had settled in to our stylish room, we were offered one of the largest entertainment packages we have ever seen, including most of the latest movies out today… all complimentary of course! After watching a movie, and helping ourselves to the complimentary pantry and minibar, we decided to head down to one of hotel’s restaurants ‘Plum & Spilt Milk’…hoping we could still fit in some food.

The restaurant is gorgeously lit with flattering and artistic lighting. The furnishings are chic with cream leather booths, sleek black tabletops and customised glass lights hanging from the ceiling. Chef Mark Sargeant’s menus are all created using top quality British ingredients, cooked simply yet creatively. I started off with a rich starter of creamed smoked haddock and poached egg, quickly followed by 32 day-aged Angus sirloin with beef dripping chips! Honestly, this food is amazing. I started to think to myself, there is no way the desert can also be as good, let alone fit in my stomach. I was then put in my place as dessert was served… brioche with plum & spilt milk, and chocolate fondant with passionfruit. Cocktails flowed throughout the evening, and we were even offered personalised cocktails from barman Ashley, giving us that extra customer service experience.

I would also like to give Katie a special mention in this review; the best service ever received in a restaurant, and a pleasure to meet her.   A great modern idea within this hotel is the introduction of USB sockets plus Continental and UK plug sockets throughout. You can plug-in and charge literally anywhere within the hotel, a massive bonus for those on the move, or in need of a quick tweet before that dreaded battery dies!   All in all, this hotel really is the business: super food, awesome staff and one of those places you just want to return to again!

R & S x

http://www.gnhlondon.com

 

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