The next time you and your friends decide to take the Eurostar to Paris for a few days, start the journey early with an evening at the Saint Pancras Renaissance. Located right atop the historic St. Pancras Station, this world famous hotel still echoes with the footsteps of past travelers, making it just the place to prepare for your adventure. The light-filled reception area evokes the old grandeur of train travel, with huge glass ceiling panels casting multicolored hues across the concourse–once a queue of taxis for arriving passengers. Check in and head to your ornate Chambers suite. This was your idea, so claim your bed first, put down your bags, and get ready to explore the hotel. A recent renovation has the place looking as good as it did when it first opened back in 1873 as the Midland Grand Hotel. Have your camera ready as you tour the place, because the hotel brims photo ops, with bright wallpapers in Victorian prints and ornate architectural details lurking in every pilaster, balustrade, and wrought iron railing. Your first stop is the Booking Office. Once the ticket office, it’s now a chic little cocktail lounge and restaurant that’s dwarfed by vaulted ceilings with rose windows, each distinguished by small handcrafted details. When you’ve wrapped up your traditional Victorian era meals–heaps of haddock, meat pies, and a proper pint or two–head back to your suite, stoke the fire, and unwind in true continental fashion ahead of your great rail journey. Relaxing among the finery with your friends, you’ll realize that you’re already well on your way.