Kings Cross is an area of London that has seen a lot of investment over the past two or three decades, transforming it from a district with a sleazy reputation to one that is broadly smart. Critics may say it has lost some character in the process…
As you’d expect from a busy part of a global city there is no shortage of hotels of all shapes and sizes to serve two major railway hubs, Kings Cross and St Pancras International, plus the British Library.
Crowne Plaza is one of IHG’s slightly upscale brands, sitting somewhere between Holiday Inn and InterContinental in the brand listing. The Kings Cross branch is actually a good 15 minutes’ walk away from the railway stations or less than five minutes in a taxi.
The reception area is quite bland and austere but the staff were friendly enough. I was told I had been given an upgraded room on a high floor, though I struggled to see how it was different to what I had originally booked.
In the room was a king-size double bed, a small sofa and table, a work desk and chair with some sockets which were oddly placed but included USB ports, small fridge (always a welcome amenity), tea/coffee making kit and a flat screen TV. In the wardrobe were an iron and in-room safe.
Despite the high floor, it was hardly a room with a view – and nor was it quiet – because of the major building works taking place immediately next door.
Overall, it’s a Crowne Plaza. It’s nice enough. Just don’t imagine it’s right next door to Kings Cross station.