Choosing a hotel in a city you’ve never been to can be a huge challenge. In planning my trip with my mom to London (part one of our adventure to come later this week), I spent countless hours on TripAdvisor and other sites mapping out where we were going, what we were doing, and ultimately, where the best price met everything.
A little north of most of the major London attractions, we settled on the Pullman London St. Pancras, a luxury hotel in the King’s Cross/Euston neighborhood. Since we needed easy access to the tube and train stations, this was the perfect location for us.
Upon walking in, we caught a whiff of a relaxing lavender smell that held strong during our entire stay. And after a day of traveling + no sleep on the plane, we were very happy to get to our hotel and find that all of the researching was paying off. After taking a quick look at the lobby, we knew we were going to enjoy our stay here!
Our room wasn’t quite ready for us so we explored the lobby + guest amenities (including a very homey work station/computer area), freshened up in the bathroom, checked our bags with the bellman and were off!
After a full day of exploring the city, we made it back to the hotel and couldn’t wait to relax in our room! The first thing we noticed upon walking in was that the lights wouldn’t stay on. It took us a couple minutes, but we discovered that our room key needed to be placed in a holder for the lights to remain switched on. It was a clever way to save power (lights off when nobody’s home), and also prevent you from forgetting where you left the key when heading out. Totally new concept to me, but after I got the hang of it, I loved it!
Next up, the heart of the room. I loved the modern look and the color scheme with lots of blues! The king-size bed was lower to the ground than I’m used to (I think it’s a European thing), but super comfortable! There were lights above each side of the bed as well, allowing for extra light, if needed. Both bedside tables also included outlets which was a big plus for me! I hate having to scour the area around the bed for an outlet within reach.
In addition to the bed, there was a small chaise where we stored our suitcases during our stay. Super handy so we weren’t tripping over them on the floor! The flat screen TV was also great for background noise while getting ready in the morning or watching a program before bed. There were a couple American shows I found (e.g. Big Bang Theory, Frasier), but I enjoyed watching some true British TV as well! The only downside was that there weren’t a ton of channels, but we weren’t in London to watch TV so overall, not a big deal.
The bathroom was SO sleek, and again, LOVE the blues! The shower was pretty awesome too, with a shower head (which you can see against the wall) and also an overhead fixture, allowing you to choose your preferred method of water in the shower (#fancy). Oddly, there was only glass on half of the shower, leaving the other half wide open (another European way of life).
A closer look at the toiletries provided (because I love this stuff). The hotel provided C.O. Bigelow Apothecary products which we were very pleased with! The grey box behind the shampoo, conditioner, etc. included some extras like q-tips and a shower cap, for good measure. We definitely appreciated the extras!
Last but not least, I leave you with pictures of the toilet area. Not too much of a difference from the U.S., but still, something to share! If you look closely you can see there’s no up/down flush handle though. Instead, there are buttons on the wall to flush.
Overall, we had a great stay at the Pullman London St. Pancras! It ended up being centrally located for our planned excursions and the service was impeccable. We called down twice – once for extra towels and another to borrow a travel adapter. I kid you not, someone was knocking on our door in under a minute in both instances. If you find yourself in London, this is a hotel I definitely recommend!
Have you visited London? Where’s your favorite place to stay?