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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - CHRIS­TINE McCABE

STAY at the grand, cathe­dral-like St Pan­cras Re­nais­sance Lon­don Ho­tel and leapfrog the queues for the cross-Chan­nel Eurostar to Paris. This his­toric rail­way ho­tel, a fan­ci­ful Sir Ge­orge Gil­bert Scottde­signed Vic­to­rian master­piece adorned with gar­goyles and curly cap­i­tals, ad­joins the ter­mi­nus at St Pan­cras Sta­tion. From the orig­i­nal Cham­bers build­ing, where gue­strooms fea­ture soar­ing ceil­ings and mar­ble fire­places, you can watch the trains glide into the glass-topped ter­mi­nus. Or, thanks to the ho­tel’s ex­press Eurostar check-in, be aboard in mo­ments. We are met in the lobby by Theodore from the concierge desk, who oblig­ingly pro­duces a news­pa­per, takes our lug­gage and whisks us di­rectly into the sta­tion. At check-in, he pops our suit­cases on the X-ray ma­chine, spir­its us ahead of the queues through pass­port con­trol and loads us and our be­long­ings aboard the Paris-bound train be­fore bid­ding From de­part­ing the lobby to claim­ing our seats has taken just 10 min­utes. More: mar­riott.com.

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