I just returned home from a trip to London, where I stayed at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. This incredible property, originally designed by English architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and opened in 1873, adjoins the St. Pancras train station. I adore seeing hotels around the world, taking in the design and finding inspiration in the most unexpected places. This gloriously Gothic hotel did not disappoint. It has undergone a massive restoration project and finally threw open its doors for a grand opening party this past Thursday. I was lucky enough to be there to partake in the festivities. Here's a sneak peek into the hotel. I will be writing more about the room interiors, so stay tuned! For now, take a virtual tour through the halls of this 138-year-old property The exterior of the building is imposing and impressive. It's no surprise that scenes from the last Harry Potter movie were filmed here. It's deliciously Gothic. The corridors of the hotel are stunning. Every square inch of this hotel is meticulously designed and restored to reflect the original and authentic look and feel of when the hotel first opened 138 years ago. The Grand Staircase is the real showstopper at this hotel. Snaking up, up, up from both left and right, it's a spectacular sight to behold. The first-floor corridor is delightfully romantic. The handpainted murals and ceiling artwork have been carefully restored to their original splendour. The train station's booking office has been transformed into the Booking Office Bar & Restaurant. St. Pancras trains still pull up just outside the restaurant with a muffled rumble. There's a lingering reminiscence for the days when train travel was glamorous - and the revitalization of this hotel has brought that glamour back.