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“Attractive hotel with pool in pretty area of Champagne”

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Hotel Castel Jeanson
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 October 2009

This hotel opened only about five years ago in a fairly historic building in Ay, a small town in the champagne reagion near Epernay.
We had a small, not very light room on the second floor - but it was the only one left so we took it. It was at least clean and well-appointed with an excellent bathroom.
The public areas of the hotel are really very appealing: a pleasant lounge with complimentary tea, coffee and madeleines...very temps perdue-ish plus a pleasant breakfast room, lovely court and a small but stylish swimming pool.
The breakfasts are very good for a French hotel with boil-your-own eggs, lots of fruit and yoghurts plus the obligatory baked goods.
No restaurant but there is the very good "Old Well" nearby - can't recall the French name - but definitely worth booking.
The hotel family also produce champagne and we were offered a tasting which is a nice extra.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2009

We escaped the Best Western in Epernay and stayed here. It's hard to believe they're both 3 star hotels. The Best Western should be 2 stars and the Castel Jeanson, 4 stars. Wonderful service, beautifully appointed rooms, indoor parking -- we could not have been more pleased. It is a bit pricey, but we thought it was worth it. Don't expect it to be out in the country (somehow, the picture gave me that impression), but it is in a quiet part of Ay, a suburb of Epernay.

Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2009

We have stayed here on many occasions and always enjoyed our stay. Great place to explore Champagne area from.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank CRAJ
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Reviewed 27 July 2009

We booked into this perfectly pleasant hotel in Ay after reading reviews on TA. Discussed booking the recommended local restaurant (Les Vieux Puits) with the helpful hotel staff on the phone who told us that there was no need to book. On checking in we were told that the restaurant was closed ('it always is on Wednesdays and Thursdays'). After a couple of discussions with uninterested reception staff the owner of the hotel kindly offered us a cab ride to Dizy 'on the house'.

Moral of the story........go eat at the 'Grains d'Argent' in Dizy which is great and also has very nice rooms (which are better value that Castel Jeanson).

Stayed: July 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 15 June 2009

If you would like to stay in a quiet village, this is the perfect spot. The town of Aÿ is just 5 minutes outside of the touristy town of Epernay and has narrow streets and little traffic.
The Castel Jeanson is nestle at the top of the village with vineyards just behind it.

The cheerful staff greeted us with extreme courtesy. When we asked about making reservations in town, they promptly called the restaurant for us and made the reservation. (The restaurant "Le vieux Puits" is absolutely divine!)

The hotel is very clean and bright. There is an elevator (although we never used it). We stayed on the second floor in a superior room which was a bit sparse but clean and efficient. The room had airconditioning, a flat screen TV and electric shutter on the windows, and it was VERY quiet - we never heard any noise from our neighbors. Being on the 2nd floor, the windows were high up so our view was just the rooftops. I would suggest you ask for a first floor room for a better view. The bathroom was very large and fully equipped for a person with physical disabilities (not too many of those around when needed). There are champagne flutes and a small mini bar in the room if you want to bring up a bottle of champagne or something else refreshing. There is also a small safe and the hotel has their own locked indoor parking just a few feet from the hotel - a plus for security.

The hotel has a charming corner with stained glass windows. You can also walk out to a lovely wonderful courtyard where you will find the pool and a few tables to relax with a nice glass of champagne.

The buffet breakfast for 12€ is very nice and offers a wide variety: eggs, pastries, cheese, yogurt, coldcuts and fresh fruit. They also put free coffee and tea in the library during the day.

The hotel also offers free WiFi but not all rooms have good reception. We could only get a connection in the lobby due to poor reception in our room.

We would definitely stay at this hotel again as the location was ideal for visiting the Champagne region.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2008

We stayed here on our way down to the french alps. The hotel was very clean and is located on a quiet street in Ay. The hotel is a few km from Epernay, which is about a 12 euro taxi ride but its worth it in order to stay in such a nice and quiet location.

The hotel has its own under cover parking area which is just across the road and accessed by a code pad and automatic door.

All the staff we met were friendly.

The hotel has a nice lounge area, which had coffee and cakes in the afternoon as well as a photo album showing the recent restoration work.

All in all a very nice place to stay for visiting the champagne region.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2008

This hotel is actually in Ay, just over the river from Epernay, but nevertheless a short drive. We chose this hotel for a one-night stop over on our drive between Zurich and the UK.

It is a beautifully converted champagne house, with an attractive courtyard, small swimming pool and efficient and friendly staff (Nadine in particular). There is a locked garage where you can park your car. We booked a family suite - good size, clean with a lovely, new bath and shower room. For some strange reason, the TV image was back to front so reading the subtitles on Sky News was a challenge. However we did very little TV viewing so this wasn't a problem.

We stayed on a Wednesday night at the very end of July, which presumably is a very quiet time, in advance of the September grape harvest. Several restaurants were either closed for holiday or had restricted opening hours, including La Cave a Champagne in Epernay. We couldn't get into the nearby restaurant in Ay so ended up driving into Epernay which is bigger so had more choice. The hotel found us a table at La Table Kobus, 3, Rue Dr Rousseau. We had a great dinner and the restaurant weren't too sniffy about providing a bowl of frites and bread for our two small children. It is not ideal for small children unless they are adventurous eaters! It was very pleasant to sit in a small French restaurant without the traditional cigarette smoke.
The hotel also recommended visiting the Mercier Champagne House (again in Epernay, on the main Avenue de Champagne which had a glass lift underground and a small underground train...this held the attention of our 6 and 4 year old.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel Castel Jeanson

Address: 24 rue Jeanson, 51160 Ay, France
Region: France > Grand Est > Marne > Ay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ay
Price Range: £111 - £196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Castel Jeanson 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opened since 2004, the hotel Castel Jeanson welcomes you in an old house, which belonged to regional famous families. You can have peaceful times in the drawing room and lounge, with stained glasses light, and taste a glass of champagne.The private park of Vicomte de bona Dona is ideally located for a quiet walk.A previous pressingroom of 70 m2 is ideally located for a successful organisation of events , seminars or conferences ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Castel Jeanson Épernay
Castel Jeanson Hotel Épernay

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