Novotel London St Pancras
100-110 Euston Road, London, England, NW1 2AJ
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, No fuss
Expert review of Novotel London St Pancras
Rising 16 floors above the ceaseless traffic of Euston Road, this is an efficiently-managed 312-room hotel with high standards. While the neutral decor and corporate atmosphere is not for everyone, there are two redeeming factors that make me happy to recommend it. Firstly, the hotel is right on the doorstep of Euston and King's Cross stations and one of the best places to stay if you are passing through this transient neighbourhood. Secondly, the views over north London are terrific, particularly at night.
This is a part of London where the streets are an endless tide of comings and goings, but the neighbourhood is gradually gaining character as King's Cross is developed. The Shaw Theatre and British Library are just outside the front door, and it's easy to whizz off to any part of town by taxi or public transport.
My advice is to request a room as high as you can and on the north side of the building. This way you can enjoy lordly views of north London that stretch all the way from the arch soaring over Wembley Stadium to the Eurostar trains snaking in from Paris and Brussels. Most of the rooms are classed as Superior (standard) and come with beige walls, pale wood furniture, somewhat soft beds and amenities that include a safe, iron, hairdryer and kettle. Executive rooms come with a larger king-size bed, coffee machine and complimentary internet access.
As the hotel has 16 meeting rooms and functions as a conference centre, the lobby is often busy and a popular spot for a quick appointment before catching that train. Sometimes it is flooded with people, but the staff work fast to accommodate them. When you use the lifts, wait for the central one as this has windows offering panoramic views over the streets below.
Adjacent to the lobby, the Mirrors restaurant offers a tempting menu of dishes ranging from duck foie gras terrine to seared scallops with chorizo. If it's a foul night and you want to stay in, it will do the job. Breakfast is also served here but best avoided as the space gets congested and you may have to queue for a seat. Either order it in your room the night before (mine was delivered on time and correctly), or there are countless places outside where you can grab a coffee and croissant.
There is a large, unstaffed gym on the fifth floor with good natural light, plus a sauna and steam room.
Fast - this is a busy hotel that is often full and the staff are on the ball. The lifts zoom up and down with an impressive speed and there is an express check-out option if you are running late.
Business travellers in the week, leisure and mature travellers at weekends.
The earlier you book the better your chance of a getting a low rate. Breakfast costs £14.95 for Continental, £17.95 for cooked, excluding service.
More information on Novotel London St Pancras:
- Price from:
- 100-110 Euston Road, London, England, NW1 2AJ
- Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service
- King's Cross