London & Paris: December 29th

After a great night’s sleep for everyone, we had a nice breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Breakfast for two was complimentary for us as Platinum guests at the hotel and this was a great amenity. We were able to share our breakfasts with George, thanks to the very generous buffet offered by the hotel. The buffet offered pastries, breads, hot items (eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, cooked vegetables, etc.) and cold items (fruit, cheese, granola, salmon, etc.). We were also offered coffee, juice and waters. We also had the option to order items from a menu for a fee, but we stuck with the buffet since there were so many great options for us.

After finalizing our packing, we took a taxi to St Pancras station to catch a high-speed train to Paris.

tickets

It has been a while since we took the train in London and we were relieved to see a lot of security and bag screening this go round. The Pancras station is beautiful, spacious and well-organized.

train station

There are ample shopping opportunities there, including lots of choices for food, drinks and gifts. We purchased lunch once we got past security, then John and I took turns letting George explore the station.

j and G train station

We boarded the train without issue and thankfully the fourth seat in our suite was open and we used it to store our bags. We ate lunch on board and relaxed while George played with his toys.

j on train

We passed on the lunch provided on board (our lunch was more appealing), but we did partake in the coffee and tea service.The train service also provided us with complimentary water bottles and warm milk for George’s bottle. I should also note that the train was very clean (including the bathrooms!) and quiet. We had a very enjoyable experience aboard the Eurostar and we are glad that we took the train instead of flying to Paris.

on train

We arrived in Paris in just under two hours and a driver was waiting to take us to the hotel (the concierge at our hotel in Paris arranged this for us). Since we had George and lots of luggage (including a car seat and stroller) we decided to arrange for car service in advance. Thank goodness we did – it was one less thing to worry about.

We arrived at the Prince de Galles Hotel after a 30-minute ride from the train station. The Hotel, a SPG Luxury Collection property, is near the Champs Élysées, Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triumph and is an Art Deco masterpiece. Check-in was seamless and to our surprise we were upgraded to the largest room in the hotel! I’ll do a full hotel review later, but this hotel really hits the mark on luxury and customer service. For example, we were surprised with champagne and chocolates in our room as a welcome gift. Talk about spoiled!

Welcome Gift

After unpacking our bags we went for a quick walk to orient ourselves with our surroundings. Then, we decided to order room service for dinner because, honestly, it was the quickest way to get everyone fed. This turned out to be a great decision because the food was amazing. In fact, it was the best hotel food we have ever had. Period.

dinner

After quick showers it was time for bed for everyone. The hotel prepared a crib for George and left these baby products in it as a small gift.

baby products

Isn’t that incredibly sweet?

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