Last year, Steve and I stayed at the InterContinental London – The O2. This year we wanted to try something else, but preferably with lounge access and a swimming pool. So we booked a night at Crowne Plaza London Kings Cross.
At walking distance from St Pancras International, it’s ideally located for a short stay in London. You lose less time in the Tube on departure day.
From the outside the Crowne Plaza is nothing special, but that is not really important. What matters is the inside.
Checking in was smooth. We dropped our bags early and returned in the afternoon and got our key cards.
We booked a two-bed Club Room, which would grant us lounge access. It turned out to be one double bed, but we didn’t like making a fuss as it had been a long day and it really wasn’t a dealbreaker.
The room is not immense but spacious. It has a double bed, a sofa and a desk. Many power outlets – both UK type and continental European – and USB ports. The light switches were complicated and oddly there were no coffee and tea making facilities.
The bathroom was nice, well lid and functional. The shower was a bit complicated, as in many hotels.
White is main colour in the club lounge. Comfortable seats, some newspapers and magazine, a computer and a television. And most importantly: food and drinks.
We enjoyed the lounge between 5PM and 7PM. The offering was more than decent: there were fried calamari, chicken wings, toasts with fish mousse, ribs, quiche, tabouleh, grapes, cheese, fruit and brownies. There was wine, beer, water and soft drinks. Also gin and other spirits. Obviously there’s tea and coffee.
A nice offering but maybe not to replace a meal. You could though. The lounge had a nice atmosphere. Which was helped by the well behaved patrons. That is not always the case.
The gym and the pool
If we understood well, the gym and/or pool were extras. £3,50 or £4 if I understood the receptionist well. We didn’t try the gym because we didn’t bring gym clothes.
We wanted to have a swim but the pool was closed. “A child had an accident”, we were told. Not sure if the child slipped and fell or had an accident of the brown and gooey kind…
Funnily, the Crowne Plaza hosts a Belgian restaurant called Belgo. The menu offered some Belgian classics, burgers (a must in hotel restaurants) and other dishes to cater a global clientele.
Belgo isn’t overpriced a a decent restaurant.
Breakfast is served at Belgo and Bloom bar. We were seated in the Bloom area, which turned out to be way more quieter. Yes, you have to walk further for the buffet, but quite is good. Also: a table was laid out with juices, coffee and tea, cereals and pastries so for those items you didn’t have to go too far.
The breakfast offering was standard ‘plus’. Items for an English breakfast, but also cold meats, cheese, salmon, pastries, bread, yoghurts and jams… a decent offering.
We did enjoy our stay at Crowne Plaza London Kings Cross. Compared to the InterContinental it is a step down and that is what Crowne Plaza is. So no nasty surprises. Great value for money.
I will consider staying again at Crowne Plaza London Kings Cross. Have you stayed there? How did you experience your stay?