BTA Take The Eurostar To Amsterdam

Fam Trip
Julie Cooper

For our final planning trip to the Netherlands ahead of our conference in Noordwijk, Eurostar kindly invited us to try their direct service from St Pancras International into Amsterdam Central Station.  

The train was scheduled to depart at 0816 so we met our host, Thierry, by the ticket desk at 0715. There were no queues at the electronic gates enabling us to clear immigration and security in a matter of minutes before heading to the Business Premier Lounge.

 We took the lift to the first floor which opened up to a long spacious area and we soon found a group of comfortable seats to relax in before we boarded the train.  Refreshments and fresh pastries were available although we did not take advantage of the wine & beer on offer at that time of the morning!  There were plenty of magazines available to take on board, power points to charge your devices and attentive service from the staff if there was anything else you needed.

All too soon, it was time to make the short walk to take our seats in Business Premier.  We were welcomed by a friendly attendant and shown to our seats.  Once on our way, we were served coffee, juice and pastries and asked to choose from Raymond Blanc's breakfast menu which was absolutely delicious and set us up for the day.  The journey sped by and we were soon arriving in Brussels, saying goodbye to the crew who had looked after so well and meeting the new personnel who took the time to introduce themselves and ensure we had everything we needed. Refreshments and snacks were offered again and this time we indulged in a glass of champagne as it would have been rude not to!

We arrived into Amsterdam Central Station well-fed, refreshed and ready to continue to the Grand Hotel Huis Ter Duin.  It was a very easy, relaxed journey which gave us an opportunity to work as well as enjoy top class food and drink provided, making this a travel option we would highly recommend when travelling to the Netherlands.

Our thanks to Thierry and Eurostar for giving us the opportunity to sample this excellent service.