The Standard King’s Cross

In this series, we count down our ten favourite hotels in London. This week, Olivia Buckley runs the rule over the fabulous Standard in King’s Cross

The Standard’s first foray into the London hospitality sector may be dazzlingly ambitious, but it is also flawlessly executed.

The location is perfect, obviously: the hotel is opposite the Eurostar Terminal and minutes away from London’s hot new shopping destination – Coal Drops Yard.

The interiors are gorgeously on trend too: there’s a playful seventies vibe throughout which perfectly complements the Standard’s fun take on hospitality.

Library Lounge at The Standard King's Cross

The venue’s restaurants are also surprisingly good. Isla offers up a delicious range of coastally inspired British cuisine while 10th floor Decimo leans towards a Spanish/Mexican fusion to complement the breathtaking views.

It’s the gorgeous rooms that seal the deal, however. Unlike other hotels in this category, the Standard offers visitors real choice with 11 different types of room to choose from. These range from a cosy single (below) which can be rented for a couple of hundred pounds (check details at the time of booking) right up to the deluxe Suite Terrace.

The Cosy Core at the Standard, King's Cross

In between are a range of sizes and price points including the spacious King and Queen size and the quite frankly palatial King of Kings.

Not surprisingly, however, it’s the Suite Terrace (below) that emerges as the star. It’ll set you back £800 a night low season (and up to £1000 a night at peak times) however, at that price point, visitors do have access to their very own outdoor space.

A rarity in London, The Standard’s terraces are to die for, with nearly as much space outside as in (68 square meters inside to 62-64 square meters outside). And with breathtaking views of London and an up close and personal view of one of London’s most iconic buildings – the Gothic Revival Marvel that is the Renaissance hotel – these rooms actually provide value for money.

The Suite Terrace at the Standard, King's Cross

The Standard’s top tier of accommodation comes with a range of other extras, too, including a Peloton bike, and, a tad amusingly perhaps, a complimentary ‘sneaker’ cleaning service. 

Service at the Standard is consistently excellent. As you’d expect from a hotel in this star/price range, nothing is ever too much trouble, however what really appeals is the genuineness of the greeting and the charm and warmth that The Standard team put into every interaction. 

King’s Cross’s The Standard is undoubtedly one of London’s best hotels. The American chain have a reputation for being quirky and individual, but there is so much more about the group’s first London outpost to enjoy. The food, drink, interiors, rooms and location are all top notch and with a team who are absolutely dedicated to making each guest’s stay a delight, we can wholeheartedly recommend these guys to anyone who is thinking of visiting the city.


-London's Best Hotels-
What: hotel
Notable for: funky, retro vibe
Where: King's Cross