England will open the most beautiful hotel in the world
St Pancras Midland Grand is a historic London hotel, for many years considered one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, will open its doors to guests for the first time in the last 76 years. It has been renamed the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
Midland Grand, designed for 300 rooms, was built in 1873, next to London’s St Pancras station. At that time the hotel would be equipped with all technical innovations, including elevators and revolving doors. However, the rooms had no running water, and guests had to share bathrooms.
Because of the range of public nuisance the hotel was closed in 1935 and was used as office building. In 1966, the hotel and the station building was under threat of demolition. They managed to save fans of the Victorian era, has proven that the demolition of such architectural structures borders on a criminal offence.
In 2004 it was decided to refurbish the St Pancras Midland Grand. In the course of restoration works, costing $245 million in the building were discovered unique wall and ceiling paintings.
Much, including the original layout of the hotel, and was carefully preserved. For example, the magnificent stone staircase with giant Windows. Or women’s Smoking room – the first of its kind.
The Suite, named after the architect of the sir Gigagallerie Scott, was restored exactly as it was in the Victorian era. Alone Wallpaper took about $76 thousand.
However, there were changes. A new area of reception of guests is located in a former indoor courtyard, once parked taxi. And the room, which previously housed the British Railways ticket office, was converted into a restaurant and bar serving “Victorian” cocktails.
The hotel also has reduced the number of rooms is now 245. The price will range from $340 for a standard room to $5 thousand for the Suite of sir George. Although the hotel has started accepting guests, the official opening is scheduled for 5 may 2011, 138 years after the Midland Grand St Pancras was opened for the first time.