Our CEO Carolyn Pearson spends most of her life on the road, so she knows a thing or two about luxury hotels. She recently reviewed London’s Great Northern Hotel, this is what she had to say.
As a regular commuter between Leeds and London, it’s a wonderful treat to be able to fall off my train and literally into a plush leather bed just a few seconds walk from Kings Cross and St Pancras train stations.
The five-star Great Northern hotel first opened its doors in 1854 as the world’s first great railway hotel. The hotel oozes style and luxury in equal measure with gorgeous spaces to eat, drink, relax and forget that you’re right in the heart of London.
I stayed in one of the Cubitt rooms, named after the original Victorian architect Lewis Cubitt who crafted the hotel as it stands today. The Cubitt rooms are large, light, airy, silent sanctuaries within which to retreat after a hectic day of meetings. The cosy beds are adorned with the highest quality linen, which I guarantee you will find very difficult to vacate. An essential for me is total darkness and the blinds and curtains ensured that I could sleep soundly without being disturbed by cracks of light. Guests can choose from a large walk-in shower or a deep roll-topped bath. As a female traveller I really appreciated the top quality hair-dryer, plug sockets placed thoughtfully next to the mirrors – which were super well-lit and of course a great range of luxury toiletries from New York brand Malin+Goetz as well as the fluffy robes and slippers which come as standard. Free WiFi and films are included.
A unique feature of the hotel is the pantry at the end of each corridor where guest can ‘raid the biscuit tin or sweetie jars’, help themselves to cake and choose from a selection of teas and coffees along with a fridge stocked with plenty of fresh milk.
Breakfast at the hotel is a la Carte and served in the beautiful Plum and Spilt Milk restaurant. Diners can choose from a wide-range of delicious dishes and of course numerous healthy (and some rather naughty) options. I opted for the crushed avocado on granary toast with sundried tomato, feta cheese, hazelnut dukkah and a perfectly poached egg.
I also took dinner at the restaurant, where in the evening the lights are dimmed, casting a romantic hue across the space. Don’t be shy if you’re a solo-diner. The staff were super-friendly, giving me a choice of where to sit (I picked a spacious booth) and the team were extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the food on offer. I wanted something light so started with handpicked Devon crab with (more) avocado, tomato confit in a delicious tomato gazpacho. For main I ordered the pan-fried seabass with cherry tomato confit, globe artichokes, basil and tapenade leaving space for a rather unusual, but equally delicious dessert of chilled coconut and cardamom rice pudding with strawberries and pistachio. The whole dinner, food and experience was absolutely divine and I might selfishly add, I enjoyed it even more by taking my time and eating alone with no distractions.
I rarely review the more public spaces but as a regular client of the Anthracite Martini lounge I may regret telling you that it’s one of my favourite and secret places for a peaceful meeting pre or post train journey. We recently hosted an intimate get-together in this stunning venue which again takes on a completely different feel when the lights are dimmed and the candles come out. It’s a place that wows and the detail is awe-inspiring, if you’re the kind of person who can get excited just by a fancy piece of glassware, this is definitely the place for you.
All in all, the Great Northern Hotel has so much to offer as a business or leisure hotel that each time I visit I always see it in a new light and I always come away feeling a little more zen.
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