Thistle Euston– friendly and fit-for-purposeThe Thistle Euston is a hotel that would meet all the requirements of organisers looking for a quality hotel with a good number of rooms, easy accessibility from within the UK and from abroad and good service with the minimum of fuss.
A stay at the Thistle Euston left ITCM with a sense that everything was designed to be functional and fit for purpose.
It is located at 43 Cardington Street, which runs alongside the west side of Euston Station. This gives guests immediate access to main line trains and the London Tube and puts them in easy reach of the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras. It is outside the London Congestion Area and has parking for 20 cars.
The hotel has recently benefited from a multi-million refurbishment and it is symbolic of the hotel’s approach that one of the additions is a large, clear illuminated sign bearing the name of the hotel that can be seen from afar - further evidence of the hotel’s emphasis on functionality.
There are many examples. There had been a gift shop, but the new investment transformed that into a Costa Coffee-branded refreshment area that is permanently open to delegates from the neighbouring meeting rooms.
There is the Brasserie & Bar 43, offering bonhomie and TV sports in the evenings, as well as snacks. However, occupants of the 40 Executive Rooms in the hotel are issued with a card that allows them to take breakfast in the Lounge 43 in comfortable, quiet surroundings with their own full buffet.
BT Openzone Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, including the 360 guestrooms. There are six meeting rooms with natural light, the Winchester able to seat 90 people. The Day Delegate Rate can be as low as £29, but is typically from £45 to £55 per head, whilst rack rates for the rooms are below £150.
ITCM’s enduring impression was of a staff dedicated to being friendly and going out of their way to please hotel guests.