I will preface this review by saying it depends on what sort of accommodation experience you are seeking, as to whether or not Clos Raymi fits the bill.
For us, (three couples staying for 5 nights) it was a very poor fit!
Clos Raymi is (or was) something of an institution in Epernay. Unfortunately our group of six felt it was well past its prime.
The property is a beautiful 3 storey house just off Avenue de La Champagne, so is well situated, with a lovely large garden, terrace and ample secure parking.
If you have a car, eat breakfast in - house, tour the region all day and then return to change before heading out to dinner, then Clos Raymi will probably suit you.
If however, you would like to enjoy a champagne in the salon, or eat freshly acquired produce out on the terrace, or even acquire an ice bucket and glasses for a quiet champagne in the garden.... well move on ! Clos Raymi is not for you.
The rooms are best described as "shabby -chic " or somewhat tired, but there are plenty of towels and good quality bedding. The bathrooms are clean and spacious, cupboard space is adequate but you will have to ask for coat hangers. Wi-Fi was consistently inconsistent and could only be obtained with any degree of certainty in some rather unusual locations around the house, which made for some entertaining conversations with other bemused guests.
We were instructed not to eat (anything) in our rooms or the salon or the dining room (note that only half of the tables had been set for the following days breakfast). Very odd.
The tables and chairs on the terrace were filthy. When we asked the owner (Madam Woda) if we could eat there, she passed me a cleaning cloth for the table. Seriously.
At no stage were we offered any cutlery or plates or chopping boards, not even a knife to cut the cheese! We found this behaviour extraordinarily inhospitable.
When I brought a box of tissues down from our room to act as napkins, I was sternly reprimanded (we were being watched very closely from a kitchen window) and informed the tissue box was strictly for the bathroom.
However, one day we did eventually manage to procure (amidst much sighing and raising of the eyebrows) an ice bucket and ice for a bottle of champagne (we eventually bought our own glasses once we realised none would be made available).
I am loathe to criticise any establishment or owner, but It has to be said that we were not made to feel welcome. Quite the opposite in fact. With just a small change in attitude Clos Raymi could be a wonderful place to stay.
Note there are no tea / coffee making facilities at your disposal and the house kitchen is strictly off limits. Sirens and spotlights will be activated should you attempt to test this rule.
The rates are not cheap, and you can do far better in Epernay (Hotel Jean Moet, Parva Domus, Hotel Eugene to name a few).
If you do decide to stay at Clos Raymi, for heavens sake, don't let that damn cat out! You will be smote from above (that's after chasing the creature throughout the house, climbing out onto a second floor ledge at midnight and dragging the thing back inside.... all without making a sound lest the dreaded owner catch you at it).
We now laugh at the ridiculousness of one bizarre situation after another at Clos Raymi, but recommend the place? Most definitely not. You will find charm and hospitality in so many other establishments in Epernay and nearby.
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- Also Known As:
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