Towards the end of August, I celebrated my 21st birthday in London. Whilst I stayed in London, I booked myself into the best "budget" hotel I've stayed in to date - Premier Inn London St. Pancras. I'll get to why I say "budget" later.
After finishing the long 3-and-a-half hour journey from Newcastle to Kings Cross, it was good to get off the train and out into the hustle and bustle of Kings Cross Square and Euston Road. A short 6 minute walk from Kings Cross was the Premier Inn - opposite the British Library and sandwiched between a pub named after another north London train station - The Euston Flyer - and a Pret a Manger. Ideal!
Checking into the Hotel
I've stayed in another Premier Inn located in London Stratford on top of the Westfield Shopping Centre but Premier Inn St Pancras had a different feel to it. Going up in the lift to the first floor, I didn't know what to expect of the less than one year old hotel. We walked into reception to realise that it was just after the check in time of 2pm and we were the first to arrive. The staff were simply amazing and so accommodating (no pun intended) in sorting our rooms out. I had booked two double rooms - which were upgraded to family rooms - with an interconnecting door in between. When I arrived, the rooms weren't quite ready but were offered tea & coffee to relax with in the hotel bar until they were ready to check me in. After 25 minutes, they gave me room keys and told us to come back and see them if we needed anything. The room keys were cards which you used as an Oyster card to operate the lift and open your bedroom door and electricity. I could scan them on the door and lift pads just like an Oyster, so I didn't need to take them out of my wallet, unlike other room keys I've used in the past.
The Hotel Room
Upon entering the room, it was far from budget and much better than the previous London Premier Inn I've stayed in. The room was massive with large ceiling to almost floor level windows facing out to The British Library, a king size bed, 40" (estimated guess) Samsung TV mounted to the wall and a unit consisting of a kettle with tea and coffee making facilities and a wardrobe. The bathroom had a large bath, sink and toilet with the shower located over the bath. The shower was probably the best part of the entire room was the water was always hot and extremely powerful.
Dining at the Thyme Restaurant
All Premier Inn hotels have some sort of restaurant either inside or attached to the premises so it wasn't unsurprising to see a Thyme Restaurant to the left of the check in desk next to the hotel bar. I dined there the first night, costing £22.99 for two courses - a main with either a starter or dessert - and a pint of a selection of lagers or a glass of house wine and a coupon for free breakfast the following morning. You can upgrade for an extra £2 to include the third course.
The service was swift despite our waiter, Roberto, saying that the restaurant was busy although it was 8pm and there were some older couples and a younger family dining at the same time. Drinks were served about 5 minutes before our starters with mains appearing about 15 minutes afterwards. Roberto handed us the dessert menus for us to choose, along with a summer promotion they were running. Mine along with my friends dishes are below.
- Duck Parcels to start
- Famous Full House 8oz Burger
- Chocolate Fondant with vanilla ice cream and sharp raspberries
- Duck Parcels to start
- Gammon Steak with Chips
- Trifle Sundae
As we dined in the Thyme Restaurant on Thursday, we enjoyed a free breakfast the following morning as part of the meal deal which was a buffet style help yourself selection consisting of typical English Breakfast items in addition to continental breakfast options and cereals which seemed to be really popular. As Costa Coffee is owned by the same company that owns Premier Inn, it was included for free. After enjoying a truly delicious breakfast and 2 cups of coffee each, I worked out that we had drunk £8 of coffee between us, making the breakfast less than £1 should we have paid full price for it.
All good things must come to an end and on Saturday morning, we decided to check out of the Premier Inn early before heading off to explore the nearby Covent Garden and London Transport Museum.
We asked the checkin assistants if we could leave our bags at the hotel in their secure storage room - which is free and they have more than the small room on the landing - before catching our train back to Newcastle. All the bags were tagged up and I was given tokens to collect them later in the day.
Absolutely. After staying at the Premier Inn London St Pancras for just a couple of nights, I feel as though I could stay there an entire month without feeling bored. The staff were so friendly and helpful, the food was incredible and the distance between London Kings Cross, St Pancras International is a 6 whilst Euston is a little further, past another Premier Inn, an estimated 12 minute walk.
- Request a room on the British Library side of the hotel - it faces the busy Euston Road but is soundproofed and gives you the view of the busy London scape underneath.
- Make sure you're at the right hotel - Premier Inn London St Pancras and London Euston are so close to each other. St Pancras is located at the Kings Cross end of Euston Road, directly opposite the British Library whereas Premier Inn London Euston is located opposite the Unison building
- At least dine once at the Thyme Restaurant - its such an unforgettable experience!
Disclosure: This review was a personal review with no financial contributions from Premier Inn or any related companies. Stayed two (2) nights between August 20th - 22nd. This review consists of direct personal experiences.
Premier Inn, 88 Euston Road, London, NW1 2RA.