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:
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!
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.
Food & Beverage
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!
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.
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.