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.