Originally the home of Mercier founder Eugene, this is a charming little hotel at the top end of the elegant Avenue de Champagne, a 25 minute walk (or alternatively a 7 euro taxi drive) from the centre of town. We booked a standard room for our son and a superior one for us, 100 euros difference in the price between the two. Our room was a large street facing one with a massive marble bathroom and huge claw foot bath, beautifully and tastefully furnished. Our son's was long and narrow, but to be honest was better situated at the back of the house overlooking the garden and with the added bonus of a decked balcony. He also had a decent sized bathroom with a walk in shower, something our room lacked. If returning would book the standard room and spend the 100 euros saved per night on champagne to take home!!
Lovely little champagne bar across the courtyard in what used to be the stables, great choice of champagnes to try, although the flat screen wall mounted tv blasting out rock music was somewhat incongruous and a little off putting. Baulked at 17 euros per person for breakfast and instead walked into town and had coffee and croissants for all three of us for 15 euros in total.
If you like a particular champagne you try in the bar, ask the hotel staff to make an appointment for you at the cave. We liked one priced at 38.50, and came home with 24 bottles purchased for 13.50!!! Bargain!
If doing a champagne tour choose carefully; Taittinger in Reims was a real let down at 16 euros each to stand in the cave for half an hour and hear about the methode champagne but nothing of the Taittinger history, Mercier in contrast (practically next door to the hotel ) was total theatre, even included a little underground train journey, and two coupes instead of one.
Nothing is too much trouble for the staff (few though there are, as per other reviews!) so do use them for hotel reservations and any other recommendations or help you need, they are friendly, helpful, polite and most importantly, efficient.
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- Also Known As:
- La Villa Eugene Hotel Epernay
- La Hotel Épernay
- La Hotel Eugene
- La Villa Eugene Epernay, France - Champagne-Ardenne