To be perfectly honest, SQ’s announcement of devaluation last year was the cause of this trip. The things I do, hah.
So with the intent of “faster redeem” before the devaluation dateline in 2022, plus sage advice from fellow peeps, it was decided that I will do Singapore-London + Paris-Singapore on Business, with Eurostar covering the transit between the 2 cities. With immediate availability found for May 2023, the redemption was ticketed and ready to go.
But a potential work trip came along which would have clashed, and the commencement of Bonvoy’s double elite nights promotion spurred me enough to scout for availability to change up the trip.
And with that, I was ready to go on a ‘whirlwind’ 8-night tour of two cities in one sitting.Read more: [Trip Report] The FOMO Trip
But before that, of course once again, a little too much planning on what I can possibly cover (and earn!) during the next 9days.
Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) – SilverKris Lounge (Business)
Strangely enough, after the revamp, I’ve been to The Private Room, SilverKris First Class Lounge, and Krisflyer Elite Gold Lounge, but not here. This will finish my SilverKris lounge collection at Changi ~
Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) – Star Alliance Lounge
Looks decent on pics but not too sure about the crowd situation so lets see if I can grasp a proper visit.
SQ322 Singapore (SIN) to London (LHR) – A380-900 Business
I tried this for the first time on the JFK-FRA route a couple months back – it was a night flight and I remembered stepping off clearly lacking of rest for some reason. I am crossing fingers that I will fare better on this red eye flight. #firstworldproblem.
SQ335 – Paris (CDG) to Singapore (SIN) – Boeing 777-300ER (Business)
I last took this almost 3 years ago and I really liked it despite the fact that you have to get up from the seat and manually flip it into bed mode. Excited to try this again, especially seeing that there are new seat positions to try heh.
Hotels for this trip was shortlisted based on my usual criteria of decently modern rooms with club lounge access where I can settle breakfast + dinner instead of foraging for dinner after dark, plus decent access to local transportation. An added criteria this time was easy access to a Big Bus Tour stop because I find them tremendously useful for a solo traveller in a new city. Hotels in both cities are crazy expensive so bye bye money.
London Marriott Hotel Park Lane (website)
Picked this one as I really liked the aesthetics of the room, with the rest of the property looking fairly nice too. I am also landing at 6am so I am hoping a nicer property will accord more flexibility for a super early check in. Let’s see?
St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel (website)
Of course I didn’t need to that close to the Eurostar station but this popped up being such an iconic hotel – plus their Chambers Club is only accessible to Titaniums and above. So….yup.
Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador (website)
Fully renovated with a club lounge – enough said. This is going to be one of the smallest hotel rooms (based on lead-in room category) so crossing fingers they will at least give me an Executive Room.
TRAIN – EUROSTAR
This will be a first for me – so exciting! Choosing the train route is one thing – but choosing the cabin type is another. At the recommendation of some very bad-influence friends, I decided to YOLO and picked their highest (and priciest) tier – Business Premier (website). The cost of the ticket will cover a three-course meal served with champagne (menu can be seen up to a few dyas prior to depart), designed with Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc OBE, and will give me a chance to review the Business Premier Lounge at St. Pancras.
My final itenary:
- Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge – Business
- SQ322 Singapore (SIN) to London (LHR) – A380-800 Business
- London Marriott Park Lane
- St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London
- Eurostar London to Paris – Business Premier
- Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel
- SQ335 – Paris (CDG) to Singapore (SIN) – Boeing 777-300ER
Off we go again! YAY.
[Stay tuned on Instagram @satukosongtravelblog for live updates as the full reviews will take some time]