Family & Life, Interiors

Review: IBIS London Euston St Pancras – it’s surprising!

Posted February 21, 2014 by Bethanie Lunn

While experiencing the buzz of London Fashion Week recently, I stayed over in a hotel. Doing this or staying with friends is the option for many of us that don’t live in the Big Smoke.

The hotel I stayed in isn’t one I’d normally consider however. With a penchant for glossy foyers, first class service and rooms that are so beautifully styled, they make me dream about living there, I was dubious to try this out. This discovery though, may pleasantly surprise you as much as it did me…

I stayed at Ibis London Euston St Pancras.

The Skinny


Ibis London Euston St Pancras is an economy London hotel close to Euston Station in central London. There’s a short cut just past platforms 15+ in the station, walk past all of the shops and the hotel sits practically outside.


Staying here places you very close to the British Library, the Eurostar terminal and the West End and Somerset House are minutes away on the tube.


You also have the nearby bars, restaurants and shops to visit so its quite the happening area.

First Impressions

As I walked into the reception I was warmly greeted and loved the digital show on the back wall which made it look instantly current. Gazing into the distance, I could see the inviting bar lounge and restaurant.  I must admit, I was quite gob-smacked at how modern and youthful both the crowd and setting were.

The Rooms
Though a stones throw from Euston station, you don’t hear any of the noise once inside thanks to soundproof rooms.  Black out curtains, new larger beds and the new Sweet Bed by Ibis bed and bedding add extra comfort.  

The rooms are bare bones but I had a great nights sleep plus I had everything I needed in one space, from tea and coffee making facilities to a large TV and access to scrummy food.  I only wanted a pit stop and got much more than I expected.


The Food


They don’t offer room service but you can use the bar and restaraunt to order food and drink and if you like, take it up to your room.  For an economy hotel, I was impressed with the lounge and bar area and indeed the menu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Hot and cold meals are avaialble from the bar on a 24/7 basis and the restaurant is open 6.30pm to 10.30pm, perfect for those after work drinks.

Choose from snacks and small plates such as Salt and Pepper Squid with chilli mayonnaise, £4.95 to salads and hearty sanwhices such as the Dutch Tosti, £4.50.  This little gem combines toasted ham and cheese served with tomato and basil pastinos.  I know, right!

Main courses range from the simple stuffed crust pizzas to posh bangers and mash, lamb burgers and the more exotic Thai Stuffed Bananna Leaf, £10.95; a green chicken curry served with rice. Desserts are just as appealing.

Breakfast


Served from 4am to 12 noon, the hours cater for everyone from busy career folk with early starts to couples enjoying a lie-in.

Arranged in a buffet-style – you can help yourself and that I did!


With a week of fashion shows lined up, I tucked into an English Breakfast (the sausages are amazing), with an apple and muffin for the road.
The coffee was great, set me up for the day and since there is so much choice, you cant fail to be satisfied. Vegetarians, the health conscious and the picky are all catered for.


Summary

Sorry IBIS but I wasn’t expecting to be so pleased with my stay!  You hear ‘economy’ and you think ‘basic’, you think you’ll get an economy service to go with it and that cut backs will be made on important things such as the comfort of your bed or the food.
I am thoroughly pleased to say this wasn’t the case at all.
If you want to be in the thick of it, are looking to be well fed and watered and have a good nights sleep at the end of it – without the frills- but all for a bargain price – this is for you.
3 CARDINGTON STREET NW1 2LW – LONDON.
T: +44 (0)207 3877 77

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