It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Best Western Hotel de la Paix, Reims, France

We stayed at the lovely Best Western de la Paix in Reims.  We found it on and it had some great reviews.  It's only a 3* hotel, but we've stayed in 5* hotels that weren't this nice.

The hotel seems to have been gutted and recently totally refurbished.  Everything was clean and new and smelt lovely.  The hotel is located in the centre of town and you couldn't find a more central spot.

Rooms were getting scarce when we got around to booking, so Privilege Rooms were the only ones available to us.  We booked using a hotel broker online and got three nights for €400, which is pretty great for a hotel in the centre of a popular town in the middle of summer.

Our room was large with a queen-sized bed, opening windows (oh yes), large bathroom with opening window, fabulous automatic black out curtains, desk and chair, and an opaque curtain separating the living and sleeping areas (the curtain could be pulled right back if you didn't want to push past it all the time).

There's an indoor pool with large sliding doors to an outdoor lounging area, and a brilliant champagne and cocktail bar - very trendy.  We were told that the restaurant was good, but theres no shortage of restaurants and cafes in Reims, so we ate out except for breakfast.

Breakfast was good and had a decent selection.  The coffee machines were new and the coffee was okay.  There was a small warm food selection, but mostly cold European breakfast with ham, cheese, fruit, yoghurt and scrumptious baguettes.  We also ate breakfast out one morning and it was lovely to sit in a local cafe in the sun and just enjoy the atmosphere of this lovely town.

The hotel is quiet, newly refurbished, well priced and in the middle of town - what else could you need?  There's a Mono prix supermarket in the arcade across the road (it's not terribly well marked, but it's in the basement and it's good).  There's also car parking under the hotel for €11/night - you need to ring and book one of these because there aren't many, and the car park is TIGHT so be careful if you've got a big car.

Best Western Hotel de la Paix
9 rue Buirette
Reims  France  51100
Phone:- +33 (0)3 26 40 04 08

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