If I have a secret geek side, it has to be my love of trains in particular the golden age, art deco train travel. One of my top travel bucket list items is to travel on the Orient Express, ever since I read the magnificent Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. So imagine my delight when I found out the Golden Era of train travel had been recreated in a 5* hotel setting in central London! I was sure thus place would tick many of my ten things that makes a hotel luxurious – it was a place I just had to stay!
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Check In at the Great Northern Hotel
Ok, I’ll admit it … getting into this hotel flummoxed me a bit! Attached to Kings Cross Train Station but the entrance is just outside and takes a little spotting. But once you are through the doors, you are transported! Check in is at a trendy podium with laptop and the friendly staff escort you to the room.
Room amenities and style
If there is one era of style I love it has to be art deco and the rooms are full of beautiful art deco touches. From the beautiful green colour scheme to the art deco mirror and light fittings, you are transported to the golden era of train travel. Some of the rooms are a little on the small side, but hey this is London and you are staying in a train style inspired hotel what more do you expect.
One of my favourite things about the rooms is the view of the beautiful new glass ceiling at Kings Cross Station. I loved sitting at the window admiring this architectural fete!
Facilities at the Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross
To keep with the train theme, there are limited coffee and tea in the room. However every room has access to an end of corridor pantry. The pantry has a large Nespresso machine and a variety of tea but on top of that has fruit and sweet treats from lemon sherbets to Victoria Sponge Cake. I must admit it was hard not to indulge every time I went in there.
Plum and Split Milk Restaurant at Great Northern Hotel
For me any great hotel needs a great restaurant. Great Northern Hotel has this in Plum and Split Milk. Open to residents and outsiders for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The eggs benedict is a particularly favourite of mine on the menu.
Overall, I love this hotel. The art deco charm wins me over at every stay plus its central location at Kings Cross Station means that it is great for travellers for both business and pleasure. Next time you are travelling through Kings Cross, I recommend making this your go-to London destination
Have you been to the Great Northern Hotel? What did you think
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