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EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The great new Eurostar lounge in Paris

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Anika was in Paris on Friday for a private view of the brand new Eurostar lounge at Gare du Nord.

It seems that it could, potentially, be the smartest railway lounge in the world.  It opens to the public today (Saturday).

We will have a full review on Monday.  In the meantime, here is a 77 second video tour we made:

And here is Anika with Raymond Blanc, who has overseen the creation of a signature gin for the new lounge!

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More on Monday.

(PS.  If you are a regular Eurostar passenger to Paris, remember that American Express Platinum gets you into the Eurostar lounges in London, Paris and Brussels.  You can’t bring a guest but, of course, you can issue your partner a free supplementary Amex Platinum of their own.)


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How to earn Club Eurostar points from UK credit cards (November 2020)

Club Eurostar does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Club Eurostar points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cardsThese are:

Membership Rewards points convert at 15:1 into Club Eurostar points which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, so you will get the equivalent of 1 Club Eurostar point for every £15 you spend.

American Express Platinum comes with a great Eurostar benefit – lounge access!  You can enter any Eurostar lounge, irrespective of your ticket type, simply by showing The Platinum Card at the desk.  No guests are allowed but you can get entry for your partner by issuing them with a free supplementary Amex Platinum card on your account.

Comments (38)

  • Chris says:

    I have been in the lounge this morning – very very impressive. I liked to old lounge, but this is a real step up in gear.

    Nice coffee, simple but effective breakfast selection. Good range of Newspapers and Magazines on display.

    Lounge was quiet (as to be expected at 630am on a Saturday morning).

    Currently on the 713am train to London and looking forward to getting home!

  • Leo says:

    Interesting indeed. But would be even more interested in the BA Gatwick lounge opening.

  • @mkcol says:

    Looks stunning!
    Hopefully they’ll move those large jugs of juice from the top shelf, that’s an accident waiting to happen.

  • Domi says:

    With the new lounge location; is there no more direct access to the trains?

  • the real harry1 says:

    the idea of a signature gin is frankly ridiculous – sack the marketing bod behind that particular initiative! half-assed idea

    what a waste of energy & focus

    people just want the regular premium gins

    • Rob says:

      BA just got one for The Concorde Room ….

    • Leo says:

      Signature “artisan” gins are all the rage.

      • Rob says:

        I think avocado and mango is still seen as exotic in Harry’s neck of the woods 🙂

        • the real harry1 says:

          got an avocado bathroom suite last year, yeah baby

          • Rob says:

            My parents had one of those!

          • the real harry1 says:

            seriously, artisan gins are going to do precisely zero positive impact for your lounge – so why bother?

            you think that I might slightly prefer it (to the bench) if you have an artisan gin?

            or get in there by chance & think I stumbled on something excellent?

            adds nothing – Leo says they are all the rage but I think he’s talking about gastropubs & restaurants ie retail – nobody sane (in a lounge) is going to pay much of a premium for or ascribe value to artisan gins, they’re simply not better than a decent gin such as Plymouth gin or basic Beefeater/ Gordon’s.

            More to the point: a Eurostar gin is clearly a vanity project and vanity projects always mean rubbish work and sack/ retarget the instigator if you’re his boss.

          • Rob says:

            I reckon you would be MORE interested in a lounge. It is an environment where you can try drinks without having to commit to buying a bottle.

            You are a bit off on the gin market though. Doubt there is a single bottle of Beefeater in any house inside Zone 1!

            If you don’t think premium drinks make an impact on a lounge, look back at the critical comments on the Dubai Concorde Room when I showed a photo of the drinks cabinet.

    • Gin and Tonic Please says:

      Completely disagree. I’ve tried that gin (it’s been there a while now) and really liked it. And as you can tell by my handle, I’m quite a gin fan… it’s made by he guys at Silent Pool, and you can buy it here, if you’re interested:

      https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/31824/toujours-21-gin

  • Lady London says:

    Long overdue. Waiting for Eurostar in Paris has been horrible.

    I will be particularly interested in what other ways than Amex there are to access this. I’ve gone Priority Pass with an excellent deal which has once again lessened what I look to British Airways for and I’m not planning to sign up to Amex in the near future. But I would be very interested in accessing this lounge.

    I wonder will the rules for accessing the lounge in Brussels, Paris and London be the same? or whether some memberships will work in one lounge but not in the others.

  • TGLoyalty says:

    Looks good unfortunately or fortunately depending on which way I look at it I’ll probably never use it.

    Just me that thinks the refrigerator set up looks a bit naff and juices in jugs that high up is asking for trouble!