Kim Jones and family find a perfectly placed central London hotel that makes an early-morning train departure from St Pancras completely pain-free
Location, location, location… Sometimes it’s exactly where your hotel is situated that makes you fall in love it with it. And that was the case this summer when we tried out the newly launched direct Eurostar service from London St Pancras to Marseille, south of France.
The service departs at 7.19am. Early, yes, but not a problem if you live in London and can catch a cab to the station. But if you don’t, then you’re probably looking at an overnight stay in the Capital.
And that’s where the London Central King’s Cross Travelodge comes up trumps. Truly trumps. It’s located just a few hundred yards from St Pancras terminals meaning you can easily and painlessly walk your wheelie suitcases to the station. No cab required. And that’s why I fell in love with it.
The hotel itself is about the most unobtrusive Travelodge we’d seen. A red-bricked building on Gray’s Inn Road, it was previously a grand home, owned by the Willings family who made their name in advertising in the 1800s.
Our rooms were everything you’d expect from a Travelodge – clean and comfortable. And now with extra comfy large beds. And the staff here were more than helpful. When we told the receptionist that we needed breakfast at about 6am she made a note to ask the morning staff to open the restaurant early.
We enjoyed a buffet breakfast of cereal, toast, fruit and pastries the following morning in the pleasant restaurant on the first floor of the hotel. ( A peek out of the window here revealed the reassuring site of King’s Cross station within easy walking distance – pic below!)
Then it was a simple case of walking our cases the few hundred yards to St Pancras for check-in. Now, how easy was that?
On our return from France, out train arrived into St Pancras after 10.30 and so we’d booked into the same Travelodge. After over seven hours on a train it was a relief to know that our room was waiting just a short walk away. Location, location, location…
More information at www.travelodge.co.uk
pic credits: Alistair Heap, Travelodge