Gorgeous, unique, utterly charming, & a bit stinky
Posted Aug 16, 2014
This hotel is a unique experience. Rooms are in an old château built next to the crumbling remains of an even older château. We arrived at sunset while peach-colored rabbits nibbled on the lawn. A very charming gentleman who spoke perfect English showed us our room, a huge junior suite with a view of the ruins.
We dined in the hotel restaurant, a lovely room with a view of the countryside. Sunset that night, at about 9:30, was a spectacular sight. Dinner was not so spectacular, though. The hotel permits children in the dining room, and unfortunately, one group included a screaming infant and two ambulatory children whose parents let them leave their seats and run between the tables. We were shocked not only by the rude parents, but that the hotel allowed this behavior, since the restaurant takes itself very seriously and is rather pricey. But, after dinner, we walked through the ruins by moonlight, and that made up for the obnoxious children.
The hotel staff is lovely and accommodating. They met our every requirement cheerfully, exceeding our expectations. When we asked for help to rectify a problem with a Reims restaurant bill, the handsome young man at the front desk took over and took care of it.
The stinky - there is a faint scent throughout the hotel of faulty plumbing. It is an ancient building and it doesn't have modern pipes. If plumbing is what you want, stay at a hotel in the airport. But if you're looking for a uniquely charming experience, come here!