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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London to Grand Open in May 2011

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The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London is scheduled to officially open in Londons Kings Cross on 5 May 2011, following a 150 million renovation by Manhattan Loft Corporation in conjunction with London & Continental Railways.

The original hotel - The Midland Grand Hotel - was designed and built by renowned Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and opened on 5th of May 1873. The historic building has now been restored to re-open exactly 138 years after the original and once again become one of Londons most iconic hotels.

The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London exemplifies High Victorian Gothic architecture in its most dramatic sense, the stunning red-brick building having being saved from demolition in the sixties by a protest led by former Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman.

Many of the original areas of the hotel, considered of particular historical importance, have been carefully restored including the famous staircase, revered as one of the most majestic in England, with windows measuring over 50 feet and crowned by an elaborate vaulted ceiling that has been featured in many films including Batman.

The 245-room St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London will consist of two parts, the historic St Pancras Chambers which will house 38 Victorian bedroom suites, and Barlow House, the newly created 120,000 square foot extension featuring guestrooms boasting original artwork and contemporary design.

 Guests will be able to relive the glamour of the Victorian era at either The Booking Office Bar & Restaurant - re-created in the original ticket office - or the celebrity chef restaurant and bar occupying the original entrance hall.

The hotel will also house a 350 capacity ballroom, private club, barbers shop and luxury spa.

The opening of the hotel will mark the completion of the regeneration of St Pancras International Station, now the home of the Eurostar.

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