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Eurostar Economy Premier Review - London to Paris (PAR)

Eurostar Economy Premier Review - London to Paris (PAR)

A journey on the Eurostar is always glamorous and tantalizing - especially in Premier! Don't let the name fool you: It's mainly called "Economy Premier" to get around corporate booking policies.  These first class cars are filled with an interesting collection of socialites, businessmen, and what looks like international spies (decked out in Prada and matching Omega watches....)

If you book in advance, the supplement over coach is minimal - but the difference in experience is significant.  Here's a review of my latest experience:

Locomotive - Eurostar PremierPhoto:  Calvin Wood 

Locomotive - Eurostar PremierPhoto:  Calvin Wood 

Seating

Quatro Seating with Table - Eurostar Premier    Photo:  Calvin Wood

Quatro Seating with Table - Eurostar Premier    Photo:  Calvin Wood

Premier's seating has the feel of a turbo-charged, high-end, sports car.  I loved their look and design.  Moreover - I appreciated the extra roominess between rows.  It gave the cabin a spacious, relaxed atmosphere (something that is hard to find in coach!).

I had three options when I reserved:  to sit alone, with a partner, or in a group of four (with a table in between you). The solo seat was sublime--- grab them while they last!

Duo Seating - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Duo Seating - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Solo Seating - Eurostar Premier  Photo:  Calvin Wood

Solo Seating - Eurostar Premier  Photo:  Calvin Wood

Several amenities were desinged into my seat including: a personal table, a drink holder, and charging ports (UK and European options).  To be honest the trip was so fast I didn't really need electrical outlets - but it was nice to top up.

Table - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Table - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Outlets on Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Outlets on Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Drink Holder - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Drink Holder - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Food & Beverage

Chilled Snack - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Chilled Snack - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

A light (chilled) snack was included in Economy Premier  (if one goes 'full-on' business, they are entitled to a warm entrée as well).  On my trip  – they had a scrumptious curried salmon.  Wine was included and the dessert was a tasty banana cake.

The portions were not huge – but that's ok.   I certainly didn't want to over-eat on my way to the foodie capital of the world!  

Dessert & Coffee - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Dessert & Coffee - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Wifi

Wifi - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Wifi - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

I was surprised with how well the wifi worked on this train – you can tell the service is geared towards business people, as the connectivity was excellent.  It was free – and fast. It linked to an on-board entertainment system that had numerous movies – and a voyage tracking system that allowed travelers to monitor the train's light speed progress between capitals.

Track Your Progress - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Track Your Progress - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Verdict

Champagne Treats - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Champagne Treats - Eurostar Premier   Photo:  Calvin Wood

This is hands-down the best way to travel between London and Paris.  Forget about flying -- which would take longer.  I barely finished eating before it was time to disembark at Le Gare du Nord in the center of Paris.

If you are looking for some glam and intrigue on your next trip - the Eurostar is they way to go.

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