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28 MARCH 2011
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The eagerly anticipated St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London has opened following an extensive renovation. The original building – The Midland Grand Hotel – was designed and built by Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and opened on 5 May 1873. The historic hotel has now been lovingly restored ready for the official unveiling on 5 May 2011, 138 years to the day after the original tape cutting. Once the home of steam trains from an earlier era St Pancras now hosts Eurostar.
The £150m renovation of the 245-room property consists of the historic St Pancras Chambers that houses 38 elegant and spacious Victorian bedroom suites, and Barlow House, the newly created 120,000sq ft extension that features original artwork and contemporary design.
The hotel is also home to a 500 capacity event hall, a private club, a gentleman’s grooming salon and luxury spa, which includes a swimming pool and six treatment rooms. Occupying the original entrance hall and coffee room, the Gilbert Scott restaurant is to be run by one of Britain’s most celebrated chefs, Marcus Wareing.
Guests can continue to re-live the glamour of the Victorian era at The Booking Office bar and restaurant – recreated in the original ticket office. www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/lonpr-st-pancras
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