Bang in the centre of the old city with two floors of parking ( 30 odd spots) this is a modern clean and functional place to stay. The normal rooms are smallish but there is a comfy lounge chair, an excellent bed, fridge and a desk and a nice clean bathroom. Our AC had a problem so we were shifted to one of their larger rooms ( junior Suite?) which also had a sofa cum bed, a small terrace and bathroom in two parts, the wc as one and the basin bathing in the other.
But the piece de resistance of this place is the terrace restaurant Il Duomo and the bar. What a view….especially as the sunsets and the light on the cathedral start to show. If that was not enough the food was very good. Small Italian menu was excellent and we slowly ate and drank our way through all the courses over almost two and a half hours. Excellent evening.
Staff were very helpful, even though a couple were not very good at English. But they did say, speak slowly and we will understand.
Breakfast ends at 10 but seems to run out before that…for tourists after a trying day the early morning is a stretch! Walk down the road to a patisserie and indulge.
Location is amazing, 100 metros down the road is the pedestrian street full of restaurants and bar. The cathedral is close by as other the other historical buildings and the main shopping street.
If you walk further down the road towards Hotel d'Ville there are really good restaurants, we did two Michelin ones…Eveil des Sens, where chef Nicolas Lefèvre runs a classy place with a menu that changes everyday; he was very nice too, came out an met all the guests; had a lovely rabbit and lamb….the other is the more traditional rich French cooking of yesteryear, Le Pre Champenois, where we got away with a more causal jeans and shirt, and then indulged in two soufflés, warm terrine and an excellent quenelle.
Reims is great for visiting a couple of the Champagne houses, we did two, Mumm and Veuve Cliquot. We also drove round the countryside, the champagne trail is marked and is worth following for lovely views.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Completely refurbished in 2013, the hotel Holiday Inn Reims Center combines the sophistication and comfort of a hotel.Ideally located in the heart of Reims, near the Place Drouet d’Erlon, you may walk to the main monument of the city : The Cathedral. When thinking of the new design of the Holiday Inn Reims Centre, the architect got inspiration from this majestic edifice. Its symbol, the rose window, is spread throughout the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Garden Court Reims City Hotel Reims
- Holiday Inn Reims
- Reims Holiday Inn