Hotels near King’s Cross

by Melanie Waldman on January 13, 2011

by Melanie Waldman | January 13th, 2011  

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The north London neighborhood of King’s Cross, adjacent to Camden Town and Bloomsbury, is home to the British Library and St Pancras StationMost of its surrounding areas are popular with travelers on a budget, with the exception of Fitzrovia and Marylebone.

These two latter neighborhoods, in addition to Bloomsbury and Holborn, tend to appeal to more mature, sophisticated travelers; Marylebone also appeals to families who aren’t on a tight budget and looking for proximity to Regent’s Park and the Zoo, as well as several other attractions for children.

Euston Station is popular with backpackers and families on a budget, and Camden appeals largely to younger travelers looking for lively pubs and inexpensive meals. King’s Cross itself appeals to both budget travelers and those who are simply making London one stop amongst several on a European trip.

Here is a map of the King’s Cross area:

HOTEL PRICING KEY

£ 40-80
££ 80 – 200
£££ 200 – 350
££££ 350 – 600+
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BLOOMSBURY

EUSTON STATION

MARYLEBONE

RUSSELL SQUARE

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FITZROVIA

Between Marylebone and Bloomsbury in central London, Fitzrovia offers both an intellectual, residential vibe with leafy squares and an increasingly artsy, fashionable crowd. The character of the neighborhood varies widely between low-income and upscale, and offers little diversion besides the restaurants and bars in its hotels.

Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
££-£££
20-28 Bolsover Street, London, W1W 5NB
A brightly-trimmed and traditional Georgian hotel with 90 ensuite rooms, leather chairs, stained glass, oriental carpets and wood-paneled details throughout. On sunny days, you can sit outside in a private garden alcove. The period-furnished restaurant features a mix of European cuisines, and the cozy lounge bar serves cocktails and afternoon tea.


Charlotte Street Hotel
£££
15-17 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RJ
Elegant and tasteful, all double rooms and suites are outfitted with free wi-fi and iPod docking stations and have access to a well-stocked DVD library. There’s an onsite screening room and gym, and plush restaurant that serves modern British cuisine, cocktails, wines and a gorgeous array of afternoon teas.


Sanderson
£££-££££
50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG
Sleek and swanky, this hotel feels and looks like an art gallery, and attracts a young, hip and late-night partying crowd. Rooms range from a luxurious version of standard to a penthouse and apartment; one king room even features its own gym. The huge full-service spa has 14 treatment rooms and the gym’s equipment is state-of-the-art. Restaurant cuisine is French-Malaysian, and both gorgeous, design-y bars are generally hopping.


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HOTEL PRICING KEY

£ 40-80
££ 80 – 200
£££ 200 – 350
££££ 350 – 600+
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CAMDEN

Camden is both one of London’s most bustling commercial areas and its most peaceful. The farther north you go, the more heavily-touristed the area becomes, featuring a glut of kitschy clothing and souvenir shops, tchotchke stalls, theme restaurants and nightclubs. Towards the center, closest to King’s Cross and St Pancras Station, you’ll find whole blocks of lively bars and the youth-oriented Roundhouse Theater. At its southern edge, you’ll find Regent’s Park, quiet canals and the London Zoo.

Holiday Inn London – Camden Lock
££
30 Jamestown Road, London NW1 7BY
Right in the heart of Camden Town, several of this updated chain hotel’s 130 rooms features views over Camden Town’s famous locks and canals. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning, and the on-site restaurant features an ever-changing seasonal menu with buffet breakfasts and a modest cocktail lounge.


York & Albany
£££-££££
127-129 Parkway, London, NW1 7PS
The only hotel in celebrity chef-entrepreneur Gordon Ramsay’s extensive purview, this is one of London’s most charming places to stay. Overlooking beautiful Regent’s Park, there are only 10 unique rooms (standard through suites), furnished with period antiques and including a full English breakfast. The on-site English-country deli features oven-fired pizzas and custom picnic hampers.

HOLBORN

Home to some of London’s oldest buildings and monuments, this neighborhood encompasses the city’s historic centers of justice and journalism. Close to the West End and the British Museum, repeat visitors to London could spend hours/days here exploring unique attractions and wandering quiet back streets.

Grange Holborn
££-£££
50-60 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4AR
Right on a bustling city street, this modern hotel features 201 stylish, ensuite rooms, a full-service spa, and a fitness scenter with a beautiful indoor pool. There’s a huge European restaurant on-site, as well as a smaller Japanese sushi cafe and a bar/lounge that served cocktails and afternoon tea.


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HOTEL PRICING KEY

£ 40-80
££ 80 – 200
£££ 200 – 350
££££ 350 – 600+
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KING’S CROSS

Popular with young travelers on a budget and tourists who are making London one stop amongst many, King’s Cross is adjacent to Camden Town and Bloomsbury, and best known as home to the British Library and St Pancras Station. St Pancras, the ornate hub for the Eurostar and many UK-based trains, also houses a fancy mall with a wide variety of shops, several good restaurants and a popular champagne bar.

Arriva Hotel
£-££
47-55 Swinton Street, King’s Cross, London, WC1X 9NT
This hotel’s 75 ensuite guest rooms and bare-bones breakfast room aren’t exactly stunning, but instead, ideal for budget travelers (young people traveling in groups, small families, etc.). All room rates include continental breakfast.


Holiday Inn King’s Cross
££
1 King’s Cross Road, London, WC1X 9HX
Simply-furnished, comfortable rooms vary from standard twins to suites and family rooms that sleep 4. On-site fitness center features a small indoor pool and spa treatment room. There’s an all-day snack cafe and a bar, as well as an Indian restaurant.

Megaro Hotel
££
23-27 Euston Road, St. Pancras, London, NW1 25D
Rooms come in three sizes: superior, which are very small; executive, which is a great deal larger; and deluxe, which are about the same size as executive rooms, but also offer robes, slippers, and an arrival snack. The bar is bright and modern with a full array of wines, cocktails and beers, and the stylish wood-floored restaurant offers British/Italian cuisine.


Rough Luxe
£££
1 Birkenhead Street, London, WC1H 8BA
Simultaneously one of London’s most fabulous and funky boutique hotels, each of the 9 rooms has an entirely different design and artwork; most are small and have ensuite bathrooms. The dining room serves only one meal, an artisanal afternoon tea for £30.

St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel
£££
St Pancras Station, Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR
This opulent 5-star restored-Gothic hotel stands directly across from the St Pancras concourse and features a classic British restaurant, a unique bar with Victorian punch bowl offerings, a swimming pool and spa.
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