Best Location for London Hotel

I'm scheduling a solo trip to Ireland (Cork and Dublin), London and Paris for spring. For London I was considering a stay at St. Pancras Renassince Hotel for five nights as will be arriving from Ireland via train and leaving for Paris via the Eurostar. Will this location serve me well in visiting the sights? Am I weighing the convenience of Euston and St. Pancras stations too heavily? Thanks for any information you can provide.

Posted by Claudia
Land of La
2011 posts

Arriving from Ireland by train? Trust there's a ferry involved. Try using Google Maps satellite view. Type in St. Pancras International Train Station London. When the image comes up you'll see a number of red circles with white centers with a thick dark blue line running thru it. Those are underground stations. By using the tube in London you can see the sights without too much muss and fuss. Might want to grab a copy of Rick's Britain and Ireland guide. Would be very useful to you in planning your Spring jaunt. Is Aldo's off of E. Cliff still in operation?

Posted by Mike
Santa Cruz, CA
3 posts

Thanks for the information. Taking the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead in an attempt to take in some of the countryside since time is not an issue. Aldo's still humming though I haven't been there in some time. Prefer a root beer at the Crow's Nest right across the harbor entrance. http://www.aldos-cruz.com/

Posted by Philip
London, United Kingdom
1698 posts

St Pancras isn't that close to other named sites but it has more tube lines than any other place in London, and a wide range of buses, so you'll be able to get to other places pretty easily. One quick warning: the Renaissance St Pancras Hotel is NOT in the famous Victorian Gothic station building apart from the reception hall and the restaurants, the old part got mostly turned into flats. The rooms are in a new build wing along the west side of the station and I've seen people complaining online about disappointing lack of character.

Posted by Marco
Oxford, United Kingdom
780 posts

They are marketing the 'Chambers' part to some extent separately now - with an even greater premium price than at opening. People at the very top end of the Marriott loyalty scheme are reported as still getting upgrades where available though. The rooms can apparently be a bit noisy, although I have no personal experience. As to location, if you have large amounts of luggage you have minimised transfers.

Posted by Claudia
Land of La
2011 posts

The old Aldo's originally stood where the Crow's Nest stands now. In answer to the question about weighing the convenience of Euston and St. Pancras it really is all up to you. For a first time visit I'd stay closer to central London and then tube to Euston to take the Eurostar but that's just me. How much luggage will you have? Fairly easy to use the tube with a roll on but there are stairs, escalators and in peak travel times tons of commuters going to and from work. I've done it more than once without too much hassle. Also prefer an apartment when staying in London although I did love places I've stayed in that I found on the airbnb website. Ireland is breath taking. London, always fascinating. Have a great sojourn.

Posted by Swan
Napa, CA
2858 posts

I've stayed at a St Pancras area hotel a few times for one night before taking the Eurostar to Paris. The area is not very attractive or close to things, so I wouldn't stay for a whole London visit. It's fine for one night if you are jet-lagged and just want to wander around then get some rest. St Pancras station is full of shops and places to eat. Boots (the chemist) is there as are a number of other places for convenience shopping. I always buy food for the train there.

Posted by Mike
Santa Cruz, CA
3 posts

Thank you all for the valuable information. This board is a real find and from the information you've provided I will be considering alternatives to my current plans.