Novotel London St Pancras

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Address: 100-110 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AJ, England

Star rating:
4 star hotel

3.8

A large, well-run, high-rise hotel set between two major railway stations.

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.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
3.5
90%
Leisure facilities
3
90%
Service
3.7
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
3.8
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Eating and drinking

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.

Leisure facilities

There is a large, unstaffed gym on the fifth floor with good natural light, plus a sauna and steam room.

Service

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.

Who stays there

Business travellers in the week, leisure and mature travellers at weekends.

Price advice

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.

Amenities

  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Good view from upper floors
  • Close to two main railway stations
  • Bland decor
  • In a busy area
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