REVIEW: The Megaro Hotel, Kings Cross
WHAT? If you’ve walked past the rainbow-splashed building opposite King’s Cross station without a moment’s thought, we implore you to stop and take notice. The kaleidoscopic, just-taken-two-tabs-of-acid design denotes a hotel, bar and restaurant trying to do things differently – and in style. The Megaro comprises double rooms, family suites and apartments that are well thought out, and really spacious – something you see rarely in London’s busiest areas.
WHERE? Directly opposite King’s Cross and St. Pancras transport links, it’s on Euston Road – an unbeatable location for anyone travelling by Eurostar or stopping off on business. KX is connected to almost every underground line, too – so it’s super easy to buzz about the city. But we recommend carving out as much time as possible for relaxing in the hotel – there’s plenty to see and do.
First up, The Megaro Eatery (formerly known as Karpo). Just along from the cosy bar next to reception, it offers bottomless bubbles (10am-3pm), sweet little pancake stacks, steaks cooked on the Josper grill and healthy salads – a great spot to refuel. It’s a practical choice too, being within stumbling distance of the tube, should you overdo the fizz on a Saturday afternoon and not have the pleasure of taking a room upstairs, as we were lucky enough to do.
Crushed hass avocado & poached eggs on toast were delicious, as was the full English plate, piled high with Cumberland sausage, scrambled eggs, bacon, beans, tomato, mushroom & black pudding. You can try something a little different with a Classic French breakfast, featuring Toulouse sausage, scrambled eggs, brie and sauteed new potatoes with bacon & peas, or the Italian version with Parma ham, burrata, poached eggs, cannellini bean stew & homemade focaccia.
Elsewhere on the menu you’ll see the likes of Eggs Royale, served with Severn and Wye salmon, and corn-fed chicken ‘Paillard’, served with chips & young leaf salad.
Stumble upstairs to take a blurry look at yourself, and you’ll find hugely spacious rooms with modern bathrooms. We were among the first to sleep in one of three newly installed, indie-rock inspired corner suites overlooking bustling King’s Cross from huge windows, decked out in Diesel furniture and tongue-in-cheek, flashy slogans.
Our favourite elements? There’s barely any traffic noise (a feat in itself given the location) and the Aerobull bluetooth speaker by Jarre Technologies, AKA the dog perched underneath the Smart TV (complete with iPhone docking, extremely loud speakers and a remote control in the shape of a bone).
The beds are huge and immensely comfortable, there’s plenty of storage space and if you throw open the curtains, you’ll find a rather angry gnome sitting on the windowsill, flipping the bird at passers-by. Full of surprises, it’s a pleasure to explore the room and check out its unusual design features, harking back to the days of Brit Pop and the unabashed, stylised indie extravagance of Oasis, The Libertines and so on.
Designed by British artist Henry Chebaane, each of the three suites is unique, its personality denoted by names like ‘Toffee Techno’ and ‘Scarlet Punk’, but all feature a modern bathroom full of Orla Keily products and a power shower. Soon to come is a Doc Martens room, inspired by gig culture and of course, the iconic shoes. A black and bright yellow colour palette will transport guests to the 1960s, with abstract soft furnishings reminiscent of a Vivienne Westwood fashion show.
ANYTHING ELSE? Dog-friendly rooms are available and there’s free Wi-Fi. The hotel is offering special deals for Mother’s Day and the London marathon in standard rooms, and you’ll find free popcorn and brownies in the reception area. Don’t skip a trip to Megaro Bar, littered with old film kit and doused in sexy lighting (there’s a short cocktail list, and an honesty bar for after hours). If you’re feeling angelic, Regent’s canal is a few minute’s walk – the perfect setting for a brisk run, if only to alleviate guilt over the debauchery guaranteed to take place in this wickedly naughty hotel.
DETAILS: 020 7843 2222/ MiniMix@hotelmegaro.co.uk / Belgrove St, King’s Cross, London, WC1H 8AG
Amy was a guest of The Megaro Hotel