St Pancras is a gorgeous London building that hosts a hotel (St. Pancras Renaissance, which is a Marriott property), residences, and a major train station (this is the home of the Eurostar, for example). The hotel consists of two separate wings: the modern Barlow wing and the opulent Chambers wing. The Chambers Club is a lounge within the Chambers wing.
Access: Platinum, but not Gold
All guests staying in the Chambers wing get free access to the Chambers Club. Of those staying in the Barlow wing, only Marriott Platinum elite guests get access. Those familiar with Marriott’s program may notice that something isn’t right about that… Marriott Gold elites are supposed to get free lounge access, but the St. Pancras hotel gives them free breakfast at the hotel restaurant instead. They seem to get away with this by naming the Chambers Club a club rather than a lounge.
If you’re planning a stay at the St. Pancras Renaissance, I highly recommend ensuring that you have access to the Chambers Club during your stay. There are two ways I know of to do so:
- Pay extra to stay in the Chambers Wing
- Get Platinum status before your stay (see: Marriott SPG 4 New Shortcuts to Platinum Elite Status)
The Chambers is a gorgeous and spacious area in the Chambers Wing. Chambers staff are almost always present and eager to help you with anything you need (drinks, concierge services, etc.).
- Daily Hours: 6:30am to 11:30pm
- Breakfast Monday to Friday: 6:30am to 10:30am
- Breakfast Saturdays & Sundays: 6:30am to 12:00pm
- Afternoon Tea: 2:30pm to 5:00pm
- Pre-Dinner Canapes: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
- Complementary wine & beer: 3:00pm to 10:00pm daily.
- A-la-carte menu for dining-in (charged to room): 11:00am to 10:00pm
A full breakfast buffet is available each morning. The buffet includes a wide variety of breads, meats, fish, granola, oatmeal, juices, fruit, etc. There are always a couple of hot items available too (usually eggs, sausage, and mushrooms), but you can also freely order from the restaurant menu. Club staff visit each table to check on your needs, refill your coffee, take breakfast orders, and to help you with your plans for the day.
The St. Pancras tea service is awesome. If you’re looking for something sweet, they seriously have you covered. Or, if you haven’t yet adapted to the local time zone and you’re ready for lunch or dinner, the little tea sandwiches are terrific (I especially liked the round ones for some reason). And yes, the tea was great too (don’t forget to let it steep for a few minutes!).
The canapes food selection was hit or miss. Often the hot options consisted only of battered and fried chicken or battered and fried mushrooms. Once or twice I found options that I liked better and which could serve as dinner in a pinch. Desserts were usually delicious and/or beautiful. I wish they would serve the desserts later in the evening though.
Beer & Wine
I’m far (very far) from being a wine connoisseur, but I enjoyed every wine I tried (sorry, I don’t remember which they were). I also liked the beer, but I’ve forgotten which beer I tried too!
And, I’ll leave you with a few more photos…
And, more tea service photos…