The Standard brand knows how to inject ample amounts of sexy into hotel stays and its London branch takes things up a gear.
The 266-room hotel, slap bang by St Pancras International and housed in a striking 1974 brutalist building, boasts several bathtub terrace suites and if you’re looking for a room with a view, these are the ones to book.
I checked into the hotel on a Wednesday and as soon as I stepped into the place, I was immediately struck by the warm and inviting atmosphere, with low lighting and a sumptuous cocktail of deep colours running throughout.
I was directed to room number 804 by a friendly receptionist. One thing at the Standard is that the staff are the kind of people you’d love to befriend, with a funky sense of style and a good dose of joie de vivre.
After zooming up the futuristic lift I made my way to the room. The terrace suite has to be up there with one of the most spacious capital city rooms I’ve stayed into date.
The room has an open plan feel, with a large dressing/closet area, a main bedroom area with a huge bed, a dining space, a slick little bar and a door leading out to the terrace.
The piece de resistance of the terrace is an outdoor tub complete with nightlights, and there is also an outdoor dining space, with both offering superb views over the capital, with St Pancras International, the London Eye, MI6 and the BT Tower among the highlights.
Other perks of the room include a well-lit shower room, own-brand amenities, raincoats you can borrow in the closet, a portable Bluetooth speaker you can take outside and quite unusual fluffy pink dressing gowns that a friend of mine once joked that they reminded him of fallopian tubes… you’ll have to make your own verdict.
Once settled in I made my way to the ground floor for dinner. The Standard London is home to several drinking and dining spots, including The Library Lounge, Double Standard. Isla, and Decimo, headed up by Michelin-starred chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias.
I settled into a corner table in the buzzy Double Standard restaurant, which like the rest of the hotel, has a sultry sixties vibe mixed with a dash of California swagger and futuristic cool.
Mo, our super friendly waiter for the evening, came over and set us up with a couple of expertly poured vodka martinis to start. Despite it being packed out, the service was swift and efficient.
The food menu at features a mouth-watering mix of hearty American-inspired nibbles and we opted for a mixed feast of Padron peppers, fried chicken bites, moules frites and a generously portioned superfood salad topped with avocado.
Seduced by the convivial atmosphere we ordered a couple more drinks and settled into our moreish selection of morsels.
Post-dinner, if you can, be sure to make a booking for a couple more drinks on the rooftop – floor 10.
If it’s warm enough, The Standard London is home to a sprawling open-air roof decked out with Astroturf or if it’s a bit nippy, Decimo the restaurant has a deliciously chic and cosy bar space looking out over the parapets of St Pancras hotel with floor-to-ceiling windows making the most of the prime views.
There are lots of nooks and crannies in the bar, allowing for an intimate drink or two. The martinis at this sky-high spot are top-notch or there’s a nicely curated cocktail menu if you’re looking for a different kind of tipple.
The thing is with the Standard’s terrace suite is that you won’t want to stay out too long as the thought of a hot soak in the bath kept playing on my mind.
After polishing off our drinks and soaking up the views, we returned for a delicious bath with more views and some chilled Ruinart champagne from the minibar.
The next morning, I had to leave early, but my friend had the chance to lay in and gave the Standard fry-up top marks. The perfect hangover cure…
So, if you’re looking for a hotel in London offering an easy-to-reach location, sex appeal, friendly service and Instagrammable views, then the Standard, for me, ranks as number one.