Stepping off the main boulevard and walking down the passageway to the hotel, it suddenly opens out into a pretty courtyard. The hotel has an interesting, quirky décor - slightly shabby, but clean.
The parking is nearby in an underground car park. This should not prove a problem for ordinary size cars, but if you have a longer vehicle, the spiral turns are very tight and it is not easy. The hotel has a special rate arrangement, and you pay a reduced rate at reception upon checking out. This is just over eight euros.
Given that the courtyard area is so nice for an evening drink, it is a shame that the bar is so basic. There was no red wine (in France!!) and the desk porter who was doubling as barman had never heard of a spritzer. The Italian white wine on offer was less than special.
Breakfast was good - charge of 10 euros each. A minor niggle in the rooms was the plug mechanism which so often does not work. A workman had extracted the plug so that the hand basin was usable but somehow had left some damage underneath the basin which resulted in a wet floor! There was no extractor fan in the shower room. Free WiFi was available.
However, overall it was an enjoyable overnight stay and very convenient for the centre of Rheims. Lots of cafes and eating places nearby.
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- Also Known As:
- Crystal Hotel Reims