Staying in Champagne

Reims and Epernay are both charming cities each offering distinct advantages for tourists planning to stay overnight. Let's look at the benefits of choosing each city as your base:

Staying in Reims

Les Grandes Marques
Founded by the Gauls, Reims became a major city during the Roman period. Today, Reims is the headquarters for some of most world famous champagne brands Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, Pommery, Taittinger, and Krug. Their Champagnes ages in a maze of chalk caves and tunnels under Reims, which you can visit on a Cellar Tour and discover the history of the brand, and a step by step guide to Champagne production from pressing, fermentation, blending, bottling, remuage, disgorgement, corking and labelling to the final glass of champagne served at the end of the tour.

Reims UNESCO Cathedral
The UNESCO Cathedral in Reims is one of France's great masterpieces of Gothic art and a highlight worth a visit. It became the cathedral of Coronations for French kings in memory of the baptism of Clovis by Saint Remi on Christmas Day 498.

Cultural and Historical Richness:
Reims, the larger of the two cities, is steeped in French history. In addition to the cathedral you can visit the Palais du Tau and the Saint-Remi Basilica offer more insights into the rich cultural tapestry of the area.

Diverse Dining and Shopping Options:
Reims boasts a vibrant culinary scene, from traditional French bistros to fine dining restaurants. There are also numerous cafes and patisseries where visitors can indulge in local specialties. For shopping enthusiasts, Reims offers a variety of boutiques, markets, and shops that cater to most tastes and budget.

Accessibility and Transportation:
As a larger city, Reims is well-connected by public transportation, including fast trains to and from Paris and other major cities. This makes it an excellent choice for travelers looking to explore beyond the Champagne region during their stay.

Variety of Accommodations:
Reims offers a range of accommodations, from luxury hotels and boutique guesthouses to budget-friendly hostels. This variety ensures that all types of travelers can find something that suits their needs.

Les Crayeres - 5 Star Luxury
Highlights: Classic French luxury, On site 2 star Michelin restaurant, Excellent brasserie, 10 minutes walk to Pommery. Houses, 5 minute taxi ride into the centre town.

L’Assiette Champenoise - 5 Star in Tinqueux
Highlights: Contemporary luxury, On site 3 star Michelin restaurant, Indoor pool

Best Western de la Paix - 4 Star
Highlights: City center close to restaurants, Cathedral and museums, Indoor pool, has some design style, On site restaurant

B&B La Demeure des Sacres - Upmarket
Highlights: Spa/Sauna, Garden, Convenient to restaurants, Cathedral and museums

Staying in Epernay

Heart of Champagne Production:
Epernay, dates back to the end of the first Iron Age and is renowned as the capital of Champagne, famous for the Avenue de Champagne and about 110 kms of underground cellars owned by Moët & Chandon, Perrier Joue, Pol Roger Mercier, and de Castellane.

Smaller, More Intimate Setting:
Épernay offers a more intimate atmosphere compared to the bustling city vibe of Reims. Its smaller scale makes it easy to explore on foot, creating a cozy, welcoming experience that’s perfect for those looking to unwind.

Focus on Champagne:
For those primarily interested in champagne, Épernay provides a more focused experience. The city breathes champagne, with its many cellars and close ties to the industry, offering deeper insights and perhaps more specialized knowledge during tours and tastings.

Close to Epernay is the premier cru village of Hautvillers, with its narrow streets, and sweeping views of the Marne Valley. The village was built around the 7th century Abbey Saint Pierre, home to legendary cellar master Dom Perignon in 1668.

Villa Eugene
Outdoor Pool, Louis XVI-style decor, Fireplace Le 25bis by Leclerc Briant On site tasting of Biodynamic producer Leclerc Briant, Next door Moet, Tasteful decor.

Le Theatre
Founded by Chef Vercouteren from Belgium in 1996. He is a demanding chef in the kitchen having earned a Michelin star at a nearby hotel prior to setting up his restaurant. He serves seasonal fresh local food. Large range of small producer champagnes.

La Table Kobus
Founded by Mrs Kobus at the beginning of the 20th Century, La Table Kobus is THE bistro-chic of Epernay. Inspired by the best bistros of Paris, the restaurant offers affordable innovative and delicious home made meals and satisfies even the most demanding"gourmets"


Both Reims and Épernay offer unique experiences for overnight stays in the Champagne region. If you prefer a city rich in history and culture with more amenities and a bigger urban buzz, Reims is an excellent choice. Conversely, if your visit focuses more on an immersive champagne experience in a picturesque, tranquil setting, then Épernay will be your ideal match. Each city offers its own charm and a rich array of experiences, ensuring a memorable stay regardless of your choice.

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