SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

September 16, 2011 14:15 ET

St. Pancras Renaissance Luxury Hotel in London Ranked No. 1 Among UK Hotels

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine Reveals Its Pick for Top 100 Hotels in the World

LONDON--(Marketwire - Sep 16, 2011) - Resurrected to its nineteenth century grandeur, and still boldly overlooking London's rail travelers, the magnificent St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel has been ranked No. 1 on the list of Top UK and Ireland hotels by The Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

It took a decade of restoration to uncover this Victorian masterpiece designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott that originally opened in 1873 to accommodate rail travelers through the St. Pancras Rail Station. Today, this luxury hotel in London is again welcoming rail travelers as the Eurostar zips in and out of the station and busy travelers again make their way through the once remarkable revolving doors.

In its review of these London luxury hotel accommodations, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, a monthly news stand title featuring the best writers, photography and practical, in-depth travel information, notes the decade long restoration "was worth it" and recommends travelers "book a Chambers Room from the original Victorian building."

Originally dubbed the Midland Grand Hotel, fascinating gold leaf murals of the hotel's former heyday were uncovered from behind peeling wallpaper during the restoration and fully refurbished along with its majestic grand staircase, Gothic Revival metal work, gold leaf ceilings and red facade.

The historic chamber rooms and suites afford travelers the spacious climate of yesteryear with high ceilings, ornate finishes and expansive windows leaving travelers in awe of this majestic structure and the fine craftsmanship responsible for its opulent existence. Revitalized with modern amenities, these boutique hotel suites in London offer high speed Internet access, International cable/satellite service and flat screen televisions. Marble bathrooms, 300-thread count Egyptian cotton linens and personal butler service are standard for Chambers guests along with unsurpassed hospitality at the Chambers Club lounge where special amenities, food and drink are available 24 hours a day for an exhilarating hotel experience.

As home to the St. Pancras Spa, the hotel offers guests the opportunity to obtain a ticket to tranquility with the sensual treatments and rituals from around the world provided by this world-class luxury spa in London. Fabulous dining options are also available and include The Gilbert Scott operated by the famed Marcus Wareing within the walls of the original hotel restaurant to create a sense of grandeur while offering a tantalizing menu of British classics from one of the country's most celebrated chefs. For added zest, the property's original Booking Office has been revitalized into a modern day bar and serves up an array of punches and mixed drinks recreated from lost recipes from the Victorian era via handmade copper punch bowls.

About the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel
The St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, once feared "too beautiful and too romantic to survive," by Sir John Betjeman, again shines majestically among hotels near St. Pancras Station in London hailing travelers as intended to the heart of England's capital city. Guests are pampered with 5-star luxuries, extravagant accommodations and exceptional service amidst an atmosphere that even their original predecessors could not imagine.

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