Eurostar welcomes development of landmark hotel at St Pancras International station

18 May 2006

Eurostar welcomes development of landmark hotel at St Pancras International station
--Famous Grade 1 Gothic-style building will front high speed rail gateway to continental Europe--Renaissance St Pancras Hotel will help put Eurostar's future international station on the map--Eurostar will work alongside St Pancras Renaissance Hotel to offer travellers world-class service
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger train service that links the UK with the Continent, has welcomed the announcement of plans to restore one of London's most famous and much loved landmarks into a five-star hotel.
The historic red-brick building fronts St Pancras International station, which will become the high speed rail gateway to Continental Europe when Eurostar moves from Waterloo International in autumn 2007.
Eurostar will operate within the wonderfully restored Victorian grand station alongside the new hotel, providing even faster and more convenient rail journeys to France and Belgium, with London - Paris down to 2hrs 15mins and London - Brussels in just 1hr 51mins.
Business and leisure travellers will benefit from modern facilities that are part of a total regeneration of the King's Cross St Pancras area, just ten minutes from the City and West End of London.
Simon Montague, Director of Communications, Eurostar said: "We are delighted that the fantastic landmark which fronts our future international station is planned to be a flagship, five-star hotel from 2009. St Pancras will become the UK's gateway to the Continent in autumn 2007, and we look forward to operating within a truly European destination station."
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Editors Notes:
1. Eurostar is the fast train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps.
2. The completion of the UK high-speed line in 2007 and move to St Pancras International will enable Eurostar to reduce journey times by at least 20 minutes compared with London Waterloo. London - Paris will become 2hrs 15mins, London - Brussels will be 1hr 51mins and London - Lille 1hr 20mins.
3. Eurostar has won the title of "World's Leading Rail Service" for the last eight years at the World Travel Awards.
4. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two entirely different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
5. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com, call 08705 186 186 or contact your travel agent.
For more information:
Eurostar Press Office, +44 (0) 20 7922 4494, press.office@eurostar.co.uk