I have traveled on the Eurostar several times and accessed their lounges, however, I never considered reviewing them until last week. Also, on the day of my visit the Eurostar Business Premier Lounge in Paris Gare du Nord was relatively quiet.
Eurostar Business Premier Lounge Paris Gare du Nord – Review
What is it like?
The Eurostar Business Premier Lounge is located after security, to the left and up one level. It is not clearly signposted. The first thing you see when you come up the lift or stairs is the reception desk with racks of French and English magazines on either side.
As you walk further inside the lounge you have another selection of newspapers, again in both languages.
The main lounge looks like a typical Parisian apartment with high ceiling and cornice. I have to say, it looks grand with a modern and somewhat “homely” feeling. The marble fireplace, the painting above it and flower pots accentuate that feeling.
In the middle of the room, you have 2 drinks, a snacks section, and another lounge section at the back. Along the left-hand side of the lounge, you have working areas and booths. Each of the booths have their own design and cosy atmosphere. You also have bar tables where you can work. All the seating areas have charging pods for phones and sockets, so you can work or just relax.
What’s on offer?
As mentioned above, there is a big selection of magazines and newspapers available to travellers. You can get anything from Marie Claire, Grazia, Elle, Citizen etc.…
There isn’t any hot food available, I believe this is due to the fact that the lounge is catered for people travelling on business class, therefore food is served on the flights. You have the usual snacks: olives, nuts, crisps, salty biscuits, fruits, cakes and chocolates. Over on the drinks section which is self-service, you have cans of soft drinks, juices, beers and wines. There is even a cocktail bar manned by a staff member.
How does it compare to the lounges in London and Brussels?
The Eurostar Business Premier Lounge Paris Gare du Nord is the best of the three lounges in my opinion. It is bigger, more modern and comfortable than the others. In contrast, the lounge in London is a long and narrow, and although it is on 2 floors, people tend to gather around the food and drinks section creating a “mass”. The layout is less favourable since there is just one area you can get your drinks.
Is the Eurostar Business Premier Lounge worth it?
I would say absolutely. Accessing the lounge will give you a calm and relaxing space before boarding your train. In summary, you have access to an array of drinks and magazines that you can read before boarding your train. Alternatively, you can work and take opportunity of the good WIFI. The Eurostar offers WIFI on board but the connection isn’ that great. Overall, my experience in the lounge was excellent, I was welcomed straight from the reception desk. The staff inside the lounge were polite and helpful. I even found one member of the team guarding my handbag as I had inadvertently left it open while getting some snacks. This shows how aware and professional they are.
Access to the Business Premier Lounge is possible if you qualify for one of the following :
- Hold a Business Premier ticket
- Carte Blanche club member
- Hold an American Express Platinum card
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