The Great Northern Hotel opened its doors in 1854 to the patrons of the Great Northern Railway Company. The hotel was designed by Lewis Cubitt and was one of the earliest purpose-built railway hotels in the country. Embracing a revolutionary new age of steam the hotel was a glamorous and stylish destination. Its fire-resistant construction was pioneering, with thick walls dividing every room and corridors constructed of brick arches. The curved south west front reflects the original alignment of Old St Pancras Road.
The hotel had some 100 bedrooms and a hydraulic lift was added in the 1880s. Originally the hotel looked across a large expanse of garden to the station. Over the years the garden was annexed by station buildings and became “Station Place”.
… and now
The hotel, which lay derelict for 12 years, but has been brought back to life with a £40 million facelift. It is now the luxury boutique Great Northern Hotel. Many of the original features have been retained and the redesign reflects all the style and class of this iconic building’s past. The hotel looks out over the spectacular new western concourse at King’s Cross Station which follows the curved line of the hotel.