New year, and first trip in mid-January 2022! To counter the new restrictions imposed by France, I took the opportunity to combine my trip with a trip to Belgium to enter France without quarantine. And in addition, my friends offer me to join them in Spain for the weekend, to spice up this trip with some relaxation … Banco!
Here I am again on the road with a combination of Eurostar-Iberia and British Airways, with Marriott in the middle and some good restaurants!
Here is the route followed:
Ground course and location
I arrive at St. Pancras about 1h15 before the departure of my train to Brussels. Due to current restrictions in France, only one train per day operates to Paris, all others operate to Lille-Europe, Brussels-Midi, Rotterdam Central and Amsterdam Central.
My train is bound for Amsterdam, and will stop at Lille-Europe before reaching Brussels.
Not having the “Carte Blanche” yet, I have to use the non-priority lanes, fortunately deserted this day.
After presenting my Belgian Passenger Locator Form and my negative test, I proceed to the security formalities, which are a bit long this day because of the many disabled passengers blocking the security checks.
The immigration control is very fast, the security too…
The Business Premier loungeis located after these border controls, on the far right of the terminal.
My eligibility (established through my American Express Platinum card) is verified and I am invited to enter.
The lounge is all in length, on two floors, and occupies the entire lengthof the Eurostar terminal.
Designed for heavy traffic, it remains pleasant in times of pandemicto maintain the prescribed social distancing.
The design, although elegant, based on dark leathers and stained wood, would deserve a refresh to bring it into the 2020s.
I sit in one of the Club seats and wait 45 minutes for the boarding to start.
Although the pandemic is still a reality, the food service offer is gradually returning to normal in this lounge, with the return of fresh pastries, albeit packed in individual containers.
A very pleasant lounge for short waits, but which would deserve a little refreshing.