Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pulling power – the Pullman Hotel comes to London

There are few opening night’s which have impressed on the scale that the Pullman London did, as it threw open it’s contemporary glass doors last week to showcase a truly magnificent space. 

Pullman is the upscale international hotel brand of Accor – the world’s leading hotel operator, with 3500 hotels in 92 countries; however St Pancras is Pullman’s first UK location. Just a stone’s throw from St Pancras and King’s Cross stations, the site of the hotel started life as a Camden Council Building, housing the purpose-built Shaw theatre - named after Bernard Shaw. And staying true to its theatrical roots, the Pullman really is an exquisite work of art. The lobby is a vast space, with reception desks to the left and a comfortable lounge and connectivity work space to the left. 

The ground floor is also home to the stunning Golden Arrow restaurant (named after the famous first class Pullman train service) and boasts a modern European menu, a wine library and the most beautiful dandelion style light fittings we’ve ever seen! There’s also an open kitchen including the unique Josper grill hybrid oven – famed for being the hottest in door burning grill available. There’s also a beautiful bar area where you can sit at the high stools and admire the 200 strong whisky collection, while cocktails include timeless classics and the more avant-garde Pullman collection. 

On the night we visited, the Nobel Suite on the lower floor had been transformed into a unique and stylish wonderland in which to sup champers and sample the finest of shell fish, sea food and sumptuous deserts; while dancing along to a brilliant set from Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay. On any other day, this vibrant and flexible 350sqm space is perfect for meetings, events and exhibitions, whist the Shaw Theatre also still remains, with seating for 446 (which all come with a writing tablet) along with private entrance and foyer. 

In addition, the Pullman is home to the business playground - an interior boardroom brimming with bespoke designs and ideas. The conference table can be transformed into a poker table, while the private discussions area is furnished as a bubble-like expanse. 

With creativity at the forefront of this contemporary state of the art hotel, the Pullman Artnight opening showcased 2 very special rooms which have been transformed into ‘art rooms’ by French photographer Carole Bellaiche and are now available for overnight stays. A stunning collection of intimate portraits adorn the walls, showing lovers on the brink of intimacy and adding a captivating quality to what would otherwise be another bedroom in a hotel… In total, there are actually 312 hotel rooms ranging from superior to deluxe – all fantastically modern in design, complete with tranquil rain shower, free high speed wifi and plush Pullman beds. The central glass lift up to the higher floors is also equally impressive, giving beautiful views of the Capital. 

With an artistic edge, a cosmopolitan vibe and facilities which would impressively accommodate those travelling for business or pleasure, the ‘art-centric’ Pullman London has high designs which live up to expectation on every level, providing some real competition on the London hotel scene. 


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