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L'Assiette Champenoise
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Tinqueux
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Albury, Australia
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“A special treat but so worth it”
Reviewed 26 August 2014

We stayed here for a night and eat in the restaurant ax well. It was the lady night of our summer holiday and we decided to splurge! Lovely hotel although the area around was but down at hell but as we were never going to venture out that was not an issue. The room was lovely, spacious with en suite. I did see a comment about the loo not having a washbasin but in French hotels the toilet is always separate and very rarely has a basin -the only thing is that generally the toilet is next to the bathroom but not this case but as we were a couple it was not an issue. Some of the staff, one Man in particular were less than welcoming, but most were fine and the restaurant staff were lovely and very welcoming. My French is not great and as soon as they hear me murdering their language they all break into English as did the restaurant staff here. Pool is good, but odd with pool towels as you have to use the ones from your bathroom and they replace them but if like us you want to swim before dressing for dinner and shower you have to use same ones. I ended up just using the robes for swimming and that was fine. Very pleasant garden but weather was against us and it was chilly despite being August. The breakfast was delicious, bit pricey but very good so I didn't mind. Nice touch as you leave they give you a couple of water bottles for the trip. We eat in the restaurant and the food is fantastic I am still salivating over my desert!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Ignore the daft complaints in some of the recent reviews; this is a wonderful restaurant in a delightful hotel.
Of course, it comes at a price but one worth saving up for and no more than a three Michelin star restaurant in, say, London, would cost, and considerably less than in Paris.
The hotel is something of an oasis in a pretty grotty area of Reims. But once inside the gates, everything is charm and comfort. Service in the hotel is always willing and friendly. The common rooms are decorated in that kind of modish kitsch that only seems to work in France. Think giant red flower pots and lots of glass and black. We had a traditional room which was large, smart, spotless and well appointed. It was quiet and had efficient blinds. OK, the wifi was a little intermittent, and I couldn't find the English news but if that is important, stay at home or work! Euros 195 was good value and compared favourably in cost to Les Crayeres (where we also ate but didn't stay). Friends had a Grande Chambre for another Euros 70 - giving them room to host a small dinner party had they wished. Peeks into other rooms being cleaned showed yet more expanses should you need to chair a delegation and have ample funds.
We went for the Heritage Menu. What the hell, if you're going to go for it, go the whole cochon. This proved to be a nine course marathon plus unsolicited birthday cake (we were celebrating) and the usual slew of tasty extras and pre freebies. Each course was a marvel of taste and culinary skill. Sauces are amazing - we could quite happily have eaten them on their own. Stand out dishes were the lobster, meltingly good, and an exquisite tomato creation accompanied by a glass of clear tomato essence. Carafes of tap water were brought without the slightest sneer, and while the least expensive wines were not exactly cheap, there was a decent range of Loires and Cote de Rhones at around Euros 50 to 60; those we tasted were excellent. If you want to flex your muscles (literally as well as figuratively) the mammoth tome of a wine encyclopaedia presents ample opportunity.
The young waiting staff performed with the precision of synchronised swimmers - but also with humour. Arnaud Lallement came round twice to show his face and say hello, a low key but nice finishing touch. He deserves his recent elevation to three stardom.
Breakfast was expensive (Euro 33) but delicious and all you could want to set you up for some champagne tasting.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

We stayed for one night in an ordinary room. The room was spacious, but very unpractical, as there were no washbasin at the toilet. The internet was slow and disconnecting all the time. I personal did not like the decoration, a bit to modern, and the terrace outside were really ugly, with everything in plastic. The breakfast for 33 euro did almost only offer sweet and unhealthy stuff, the boiled eggs were cold. I missed some homemade granola whit out sugar, more healthy bread etc.
Paying around 1.000 euro for one night in the Hotel and dinning in the restaurant was not good value for money.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

This hotel is really very nice, as is well documented the location leaves a lot to be desired. But the hotel has done it’s best to transport you from a ‘rundown suburb’ location, to something quite special the moment you turn into the gates of the Hotel.

The room is pleasant and whilst the bathroom fitting are (like me) showing their age, they serve their purpose adequately.

The attention to detail in this hotel is stunning. From the tempting sweet cake/marshmallow (calling it a cake doesn’t do it justice) on arrival to the ‘turn-down’ bathroom refresh whilst your eating.

But the star of the show is the main event - DINNER! The restaurant is beautiful the level of service faultless and the food is absolutely stunning – eye wateringly expensive, but still stunning!

What can I say, if you want to treat yourself and you’re near Reims you won’t go far wrong with L’Assiette Champenoise. Just forget the price for one night, immerse yourself in their wonderful restaurant and be transported to another culinary planet!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

We had a junior suite for a night to go with the dinner. A spacious modern affair with second stores views to green gardens lush trees and outdoor decking. Oddly the toilet is the opposite end of the suite but does not come with own sink. Everything else in the room was spacious, luxurious and beautiful

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

We booked this Hotel last year, as part of our Champagne Trip, where we pick up a few bottles to bring back home and learn more about Champagne.
The hotel boasts 5 stars, but I'm not convinced, as there is a 2-tier effect here. The main house seems to have executive rooms that are very high standard, but the ordinary rooms, like we had were only equal to a UK hotel of 4star really. The pool, which you would expect to be nicely tiled but was in fact a poorly installed liner, was in a room with a corrugated roof instead of something more elegant, which was disappointing. Our room had no rubber seal to the glazed part of the bath/shower so the bathroom was afloat after use. This was reported and corrected by the hotel. Plug sockets were lose and detached. Bed linen didn’t fit the bed properly. Room water was not replenished, nor were the bathroom items, and we were woken several nights by the smokers in the room next to us, lighting up at 12 midnight, 3 am and 6 am, as somehow, the smell of smoke was breaching into our room by the bed headboard. Must have been coming through cable ducts or something. Trouble is, this woke me as I could smell smoke. So not a good night’s sleep.
The hotel said there was nothing they could do about this.
The breakfast, cost 33 Euro, which is expensive for what it was, although the food is of good quality. Watch out for the runny middle in the omelette. However the staff seemed unhelpful when additional glasses were asked for water and orange juice, or extra cutlery was required.
The response of “It’s on the table” was unnecessarily unhelpful.
The Restaurant, is 3 Michelin star, but, (and this is where I have had much time for reflective thought), is obscenely expensive. My quandary is ‘When does food cease to become food and when does it become art?’ I do dine in good fine dining restaurants in London, some have a Michelin star, but at over £400 for two, to eat artwork, I don’t know, I think this is beyond me really. However to his credit, the chef is in attendance and is not just a cameo role like so many others.
The cars that arrived on Saturday night were the cars of the idle rich with too much money to spend. This seems to be the usual clientele and we were told that there is a waiting list for the restaurant locally.
Checking out was an experience too. The breakfast booked at 29 euro last year had become 33 euro, the rooms had also increased from that booked by 5 euro, and I had bought a round of drinks, 16 euro per small glass of champagne, and a small half glass (approx. a cupful) of cloudy blonde beer, so that was 2 champagnes and 2 beers came to over 50 euro. The other nights we dined and did drinks elsewhere, so the hotel decided to multiply my drinks round so that I was charged for the same each day, adding over 150 euro to my bill for phantom drinks that we did not have. The response of "Oh I thought you would have had the same every day" from the receptionist wasn't convincing. Shame they have to overcharge when they are obviously doing good business.
So watch your hotel bill carefully upon leaving.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

My wife and I were last here 12 years ago when we had one of the most memorable meals in a most charming quintessentially French restaurant… that has now been handed down to the 'new' generation. Good or bad? Both. The good is that the staff is pleasant, the service is outstanding - there are 7 sommeliers! - and the food is excellent. The pairing of wines and food - all suggestions of the sommelier who waited on us - were inspired. Parmesan and Krug? It works! The bad is that it's pricey - €433 for a meal for a 5-course meal for 2 and wine for 1 (1 glass per course) - that the decor that was once so chic and typical of place is now 'faux' and trendy - in the restaurant, you could be in Dubai, Hong Kong, New York… it's lost its charm* - and that piped pop (awful, tinny pop) is everywhere - who needs or wants it? The staff was good enough to turn it down, though. Breakfast was excellent - as it should be at €33/head - and the hotel room fine but one needs a car to go anywhere of interest from there. (* = in the men's loos, just by the urinals, there's a magnificent modern reclining armchair and a matching footstool… but who would want to recline with a good book there?!)

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: L'Assiette Champenoise
Address: 40 avenue Paul Vaillant Couturier, 51430 Tinqueux, Reims, France
Region: France > Grand Est > Marne > Reims > Tinqueux
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Tinqueux
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Hotel Class:5 star — L'Assiette Champenoise 5*
Number of rooms: 35
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