April 03, 2013, 12:05 pm -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- London's first railway hotel, the Great Northern Hotel, is set to reopen as a boutique 91-room property in April 2013, following a 12-year closure and a £40 million restoration programme. The newly refurbished hotel is the first of several exciting new hotel openings expected in 2013. These include the Shangri-La, London Edition and the Nobu Hotel, all of which will join the list of hotels already available in London, from luxury five-star hotels to a wide choice of cheap London hotels, adding to the recently opened hotels launched for last year's Olympics.
Located next door to the newly restored Kings Cross station, the Great Northern Hotel, originally designed by Lewis Cubitt and first opened in 1854, adjoins the station's new western concourse, opened in March last year as the most spectacular part of a £550 million five-year programme to restore and improve the station.
The King's Cross area has undergone a major transformation in the last few years with the opening of the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Now King's Cross gets its own historic hotel with the reopening of the Great Northern Hotel.
Further improvements in the area include the creation of the Central Saint Martins College campus in the restored Granary Building, new neighbouring restaurants – Caravan, King's Cross Filling Station and, opening in June, Bruno Loubet's Grain Store – and a new 7,000 metre square public square which will be revealed in August 2013 with the final phase of the project due to end in late 2013.
Further new hotels opening in London in 2013 include the first luxury Shangri-La hotel in London, opening on the upper floors of the Shard this summer; the London Edition, a £33 million makeover of the former Berners Hotel in Fitzrovia, by Marriott International and legendary American hotelier Ian Schrager; the former fire station in Marylebone which is being turned into a boutique hotel by New York-based real-estate developer Andre Balazs; and Willow Street Hotel in Shoreditch, the first European hotel by master sushi chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, beautifully conceived by the internationally acclaimed designer Ron Arad.
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