It isn’t the most glamourous of locations, situated between Euston Station and St Pancras International, but stepping off the chaos of Euston Road and into the quiet calm of the Pullman London St Pancras is like entering another world.
The Pullman oozes sophistication and style without ever tipping over to the pretentious. Those people who dread the dark and dingy check-in experience, queuing at peak times because there is only one desk, will revel in the open, clean, bright space in front of them, with a whole bank of desks to choose from. Any queries can be answered by the helpful Welcomers, who, much like the unmistakable Pullman signature scent of white patchouli, are always there without ever being intrusive.
The décor is much the same, a nod of the head towards quirkiness, from the bowler hats acting as lampshades, through to the self-service wine carousel and a wall of whiskeys.
The clientele is varied, a mixture of hotel guests and professionals holding meetings, having lunches or making use of the Connectivity Lounge. Being located on the doorstep of the British Library and the Shaw Theatre means that the hotel is an excellent base to begin any London adventure.
The Shaw Theatre is available as a meeting space for those looking for something a little bit special for their event. If you were looking for a space to launch your next product or inspire at your next AGM, what better arena to do it in than by treading the boards in a theatre named after distinguished playwright George Bernard Shaw?
The privatised entrance to the Shaw Theatre means that your group can arrive for their meeting and benefit from a completely separate entrance to the main hotel. There is a counter available for privatised registration, meaning that your delegates can arrive and be swept straight through to the meeting rooms, making them feel as if the hotel is exclusively theirs.
Luckily today’s meeting goers don’t have to face the hardships afforded to Shaw’s eponymous hero, Joan of Arc, and will benefit from complimentary Wi-Fi and interactive smartboards which are offered as standard in the hugely flexible meeting space. The Pullman would be a perfect location for sales conferences which tend to be in need of various breakout spaces, for regional or brand-led teams, as well as needing a large space for a plenary sessions.
But the Pullman hasn’t stopped there. Not content with offering state of the art technology in their meeting rooms at a time when some large chains are still insistent on charging for Wi-Fi, they have gone one step further, utilising the talents of the designer Mathieu Lehanneur to create The Business Playground. Being showcased at the Pullman London St Pancras, Pullman Paris Montparnasse and Pullman Tour Eiffel, this is the perfect combination of meeting room meeting creativity. Perfect for high level board meetings, The Business Playground can offer up to 12 people the opportunity to unleash a hidden flash of inspiration whether that’s sat at the poker table, taking a break under the canopy and listening to the bird song, or playing with the items in the curiosity boxes. It is a welcome and innovative concept, setting the hotel apart from the others and fitting in with the ethos of offering just that little bit extra than your normal four-star hotel.
On top of style and sophistication, the Pullman London St Pancras are also committed to sustainable development, participating in Accor’s Planet 21 program and achieving Planet 21 Gold status. Any event agency who has responded to an RFP in the last 12 months will have been asked questions about sustainability, it is an issue which isn’t going away any time soon and it’s good to know that there are hotels out there who are beginning to take the subject seriously.
Clients are always going to be after something specific when it comes to their venue requirements and as much as one client might be looking for traditional glamour, another might be looking for high-class sophistication. If you’re looking for a four-star offering with a five-star feel then the Pullman London St Pancras might just be the hotel for you.