La Briqueterie – Vinay is a bit of a curate’s egg and was somewhat disappointing.
The hotel is pricey but the evening meal dinner in the grand dining room was excellent French “Fine dining”. Service in the restaurant was very good discreet but efficient. The wine list was extensive and well chosen from both the classic French vineyards but also further afield. Breakfast was reasonable but not brilliant and definitely not up to the standard of the evening meal. We sat in the outside area but the garden furniture was noticeably rusty and in need of urgent replacement.
The quality of the hotel team was good. However, we stayed on Saturday night and the place was very, very busy and the team in the bar could not cope with the demand. This resulted in long delays and a certain lack of an explanation of what was going on, or indeed what was not going on. Afternoon tea a few hours before had been entirely different in the quite, spacious and well appointed bar area.
The bedroom was good but in a “Fluffy” sought of a way. I have stayed in bigger and better rooms at this top end of the market. It was as clean as a whistle.
The hotel is located between two relative noise roads about 15 minutes drive from Épernay and about 40 minutes drive from Reims and the E46 motorway to Calais. The hotel consist of a number of similar interconnect buildings in a sought of European north German rustic style surrounded by dense trees and overgrown bushes and shrubby. The complex is well looked after but it is neither good looking nor ugly. The garden was well cared for but then again not that extensive. OK for a quick stroll but you will be back where you started in a few minutes. You can easily walk along the country roads into the vineyards in the surrounding hills.
In summary a good four star but not quite a five star.
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- Also Known As:
- La Briqueterie Hotel Epernay
- La Briqueterie Épernay
- La Briqueterie Hotel Épernay