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Oh-so-hip hotel set in London townhouse
There's no mistaking the vibe of this hotel from the first -- a flamboyantly jazzy mural splashed across the townhouse facade screams urban cool. The theme continues inside where a smart lobby area blends bold contemporary graphics with wood paneled gentleman-chic. Tall velvet banquettes and retro-style wingback armchairs provide seating for a clientele of young professional urbanites with an eye for the super-trendy, and city-breakers looking for somewhere to crash with a bit more edge than your average hotel.
Set in rejuvenated King's Cross transport hub
Situated opposite King's Cross-St. Pancras tube/Eurostar station, one of London's busiest transport hubs, the Megaro Hotel is excellently positioned for getting around the capital and beyond. A massive urban renewal project has transformed what once was a scruffy and seedy neighborhood into a genuinely vibrant and interesting area, however it still suffers from a lot of noise and traffic. There are plenty of casual, grab-and-go places to eat in the vicinity, and pretty Argyle Square Gardens is just a one-minute walk away.
Smart, chic rooms with super-fast Wi-Fi and satellite TV
The hotel's 49 rooms are decked out with smart-yet-cozy, contemporary, colorful decor. In-room technology includes super-fast, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Polished wood furnishings and brightly colored industrial lamps complement handcrafted beds topped with down bedding and modern patchwork blankets. Modern bathrooms are finished in glass and wood, and provide heated towel rails, rainforest showerheads, and hairdryers. Apartments are also available in a separate building, and include lounge areas and kitchens. All rooms have espresso machines with Illy coffee.
Modern European restaurant and bespoke late-night cocktails
There's not a huge amount on offer in respects to hotel services, however the Margaro Hotel is attached to the similarly-styled Karpo Restaurant, offering excellent, modern British and European fare. The restaurant feels funky and eclectic, with colorful modern artwork and minimalist wood furnishings. Downstairs is the Megaro Bar, a cool and moody basement bar serving drinks -- including intricate, bespoke cocktails made with everything from Matcha Green Tea to Colombian aged gin -- and snacks until late. A meeting room seating up to 12, and featuring sleek furniture and plasma TVs, is also available.
If it's youthful, up-to-the-minute style you're after -- think modern prints and neon plastic chairs paired with polished wood -- the Megaro Hotel could be just the ticket. Bordering on self-consciously hip, this boutique hotel puts a major emphasis on style, whilst still providing homey touches in the guest rooms. The location is super-convenient for getting around the capital -- the King's Cross-St. Pancras tube/Eurostar station is across the street -- though might be a bit hectic for some. Check that the ongoing issue with the air-conditioning has been resolved, or you may want to check out the equally funky citizenM Bankside hotel.