Staying at the Pullman St Pancras Hotel, London was a real treat for our family. We go to London fairly frequently and like to try new places.
The hotel is smack bang in the middle of London, next door to the British Library and 2 minutes from St Pancras and Kings Cross. Higher floors have a sweeping view across London with rooms on the road side looking onto the Shard and St Pauls Cathedral in the distance. Head for the 16th floor for the best views.
A converted high rise building with 16 floors, the hotel makes a great first impression with a very modern lobby, bar and restaurant area that invites you to linger. I particularly liked the unusual lighting. A traditional London vibe was given by the top hat lights around the lobby and over the bar, whilst large round lights like allium heads were impressive.
The layout of the room was great for a family. Rather than beds for 4 people in one room, the children had a sofa bed area on one side of the bathroom and we had a king size bed on the other. With the bathroom acting as a kind of divider the children’s sleeping area, although not a separate room, did feel a little apart. They had their own TV as well #popular!
The orange and grey decorated room had a view over London to Hampstead Heath. It was at the back of the hotel and was very quiet, however friends on the road side heard sirens in the night. The king size bed was very comfortable but the pillows were unfortunately very hard, all except one that was nabbed by my daughter! It was late when we went to bed and we didn’t bother calling housekeeping for different pillows but if staying more than one night we would have requested a swap.
We liked the little make up mirror in the bathroom that could be used anywhere in the room and we loved the shelf that went all along one wall, a great spot for putting all that travel paraphernalia. There were tea and coffee facilities, iron and ironing board, pleasant toiletries and complimentary mineral water.
The bathroom was classy in appearance with a great shower but the shower enclosure was open at one end. Whilst it looked fashionable, we ended up with a lot of water on the floor.
BAR AND RESTAURANT
The Whisky Bar is one of the most extensive collections in London so if you are a whisky fan you will be well catered for here. The cocktail menu is extensive and the strawberry mojito was delicious.
Breakfast is served till 11am on a Sunday and if you switch on the TV in the room it lets you know the wait time – great feature. Ours said 10-15 minutes but actually we didn’t have to wait for a table. There was an extensive buffet as you would expect in this sort of hotel, including some lovely rhubarb pastries which don’t often make it onto a he chocolate doughnuts were popular with the kids.
A hotel that feels like a treat, great views, a good room for families and a pleasure to stay in – just check your pillows before heading to bed!
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