Crowne Plaza hotel, Kings Cross

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.

The bathroom had a walk-in shower, almost in wet room style, plus the usual hotel toiletries.

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.

3 Responses

  1. Hello, thank you for the great article about the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kings Cross. I really appreciate your honesty when you are pointing out the not-so-great aspects of the hotel. Looks like there is an opportunity for some improvements – bland reception area, etc. The name is definitely misleading, as I would imagine it to be quite a luxurious hotel. But not according to your description of it. Thank you very much for sharing.

  2. I always love these kinds of reviews with personal experience.

     Kings Plaza is good as per this review. 

    It houses required amenities, inside the room. Having a refrigerator helps a lot. You can save your extra food.

    Well, construction-related noise is hard to avoid in major cities.

    Would you have asked for a room in advance, I am not sure if you would be able to get a room with a view!

    The major convenience is it is close enough to the station to walk.

    It is good that they have this accommodation in a very busy city.

  3. Thank you for this
    hotel review and the very descriptive picture. The rooms seem to be equipped
    with all the latest modern necessities. It is good to know that it has the
    facilities to connect your computers and cell phones. Does the hotel offer any
    other amenities such as restaurants or delis. Does the hotels also provide Gyms
    pool or spa facilities. Also is there any onsite shopping. I think this hotel
    could be a great resource with visiting London

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