Hotel in Detail:Grade II listed the Great Northern hotel is a luxury boutique hotel newly opened in April 2013. With hand-crafted furniture and elegant settings the hotel has a true air of luxury. The hotel is dominated by broad curved corridors and wrought iron staircases. In September 2015 became part of Starwood hotels Tribute Portfolio, a brand focussing on unique hotel in the best locations.
All guest rooms feature en suite walk-in shower room (or roll top bath) with bath products, robes, slippers and a hairdryer. The bedrooms have a 40-inch flat-screen TV with free movies, SKY sports channels and free audio library, ironing facilities, hand-crafted furniture, mini fridge containing free bottled water, Nespresso machine, snacks and a Hypnos bed with Egyptian cotton linen. Bedroom also feature extra high ceilings and complimentary wireless internet access and all are air-conditioned. The en suite facilities include either a walk-in shower or a roll-top bath. There is a complimentary guest pantry on each floor, which offers home-baked cakes, hot drinks, and daily newspapers.
On the first floor, guests can enjoy breakfast, brunch and all day dining with views of the King's Cross piazza and St Pancras International station.
GNH Bar: Is a glamorous cocktail bar featuring an Art Deco style with ambient lighting and soulful tunes. Serves fine breakfasts and light lunchtime bar bites.
Plum + Spilt Milk: Features handmade furniture. Take breakfast from seven. Serves classic lunches and dinner. Open till midnight. Floor-to-ceiling windows and hand-blown glass filaments. The menu is one of simple classics.
Kiosk: Open to the Western Concourse at King's Cross /St Pancras station. Serves hot roast meat sandwiches, freshly hand-carved turkey, pork or salt-beef stacked into artisan breads.
An airport shuttle is available at the hotel at a charge. 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi in all areas of the hotel. Luggage storage available. Hotel has a lift. Guests are not permitted to smoke in any area of the hotel. Dry cleaning available. There is a dedicated business centre.
Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Railway Station: London St Pancras (Intl) 123 yards (112 metres), Tube Station: King"s Cross St Pancras 0.1 miles (0.2 km), DLR Station: Tower Gateway 2.7 miles (4.3 km), Motorway: M1 Junction 1 5.3 miles (8.5 km). Great local rail links via 4 network rail (mainline overground) and 3 underground (tube) stations within a half mile (0.8 km) circle of the hotel.
Its hard to imagine a better location for commuters than the Great Northern Hotel which sits between Kings Cross and St Pancras International Station, a short walk from either. The stations offer much in the way of amenities which make up for the somewhat less appealing immediate vicinity. St Pancras is also the London terminal for the channel tunnel link. However many well known attractions and places of interest are within easy reach and London's west end is less than a mile to the south west. Its just a 300 yard walk to the British Museum while less than 1/3rd of a mile to the north east on New Wharf Road is the London Canal Museum. 1 mile to the north is Camden High Street and the famous Camden Market. Other nearby places of interest include the Foundling Museum (0.4 miles), Petrie Egyptian Archaeology Museum 0.6 miles, Dickens House (0.6 miles), Chapel Street Market (0.7 miles) and the Political Cartoon Museum (0.8 miles). There are several local theatres with the Courtyard Theatre, Workhouse Theatre and Place Theatre within a third of a mile.
Hotel is outside the congestion charging zone
Bedroom Numbers: 91/6 floors
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
This hotel has averaged a score of 4.4 out of 5 by 2191 past guests
>>>Booking.com (average customer rating 4.2 out of 5 from 692 reviews)
>>>Tripadvisor (ranked 322 of 1140 for Hotels in London and rated 4.5 out of 5 from 1499 reviews)
Parking:No parking available.
Internet:WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Pets:Pets are not allowed.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 88% by past guests. The London average is 79% and the average for 5 star hotels is 89%. Therefore although the hotel is above average for London as a whole this hotel is below average for its sector (star rating) .
Milesfaster ranking: 223rd from 865 London hotels, and 90th of 133 five star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: Another hotel that is much like the Great Northern Hotel and not too far away (0.1 miles, 0.2 km) would be the 5 star Renaissance St Pancras, where prices begin from around £329 and which has a 90% guest satisfaction rating. The Renaissance St Pancras also offers: free WiFi.Looking for lower base rates? Then another option might be the Ten Manchester Street Hotel. 1.5 miles from here (2.4 km), achieving a rating of 88% by its past clients where rates start from approximately £148 (theres free WiFi too).
Can we suggest something with a higher guest score? We suggest the 4 Star Montague On The Gardens Hotel seems like a possible option, it's only 0.8 miles (1.3 km) from here. The Montague On The Gardens Hotel has an extremely high guest rating of 98%, one of the best rated London hotels.
Local hotels analysed:The fifty hotels that are closest to this location (Cheney Road, N1 postcode) which we list extend for a 0.9 miles (1.4 km) radius. They are made up of 3 five star hotels (average rating 89%), 19 four star hotels (average rating 80%), 18 three star hotels (average rating 77%), 8 two star hotels (average rating 70%) and 2 one star hotels (average rating 61%). Top 5 star hotel is Kimpton Fitzroy London at 91%. Top rated of the local hotels is Montague On The Gardens Hotel (4 star) at 98%.
Base Rates: Base rates can indicate the lowest available rates for a particular hotel. This is a good general guide but as base rates do not account for special offers and one off deals they can only be a rough guide. The average base rate for all the areas hotels is £96 per night. From a low of £16 at Generator Hotel (2 Star, 74%) and the highest rates top out at £222 at Renaissance St Pancras (5 Star, 90%). The following are the averages for each star level: Five Star average: £136, Four Star average: £120, Three Star average: £87, Two Star average: £56 and One Star average: £53.
Our in-house ranking based on guest ratings but adjusted for influencing factors ranks Great Northern Hotel 12th of the 50 local hotels and 3rd (last) for the 3 five star hotels in the area. For base rates the hotel ranks 43rd of 50 (1st of 3 five star hotels.). Taking into consideration both rates and guest ratings we rank this hotel 11th of 32 of the local hotels in terms of value for money (Generator Hotel was top).
Comment: Originally opened on 17th May 1854 the Great Northern hotel is now the oldest purpose built hotel in London. The hotel was first designed by Lewis Cubitt but little remains of the original building other than the facade from those Victorian beginnings.
The hotel was closed in February 2001 (it was a Best Western Hotel at the time) to make way for the Channel Tunnel rail link infrastructure improvements to Kings Cross/St Pancras Station. The Great Northern Hotel Kings Cross was redeveloped at a cost of £40 million ppunds between 2009 and 2013 into a luxury boutique hotel. The hotel is owned under a 125 year lease by Robson Asset Management (RAM) while Kings Cross Central hold the freehold. Oxford Hotels were the development managers, working with MACE and GB Building Solutions ltd. The hotel had a totally new entrance.