Travelling back through France from Switzerland, we decided to break our journey in Reims. Turning off the motorway in the pouring rain, we spotted the Hotel Porte Mars. There was a restaurant right across the road so we decided to stop. We haven't stayed in France for many years, having encountered rather rude and unfriendly attitudes previously. Our whole experience of Reims this time blew those old experiences out of the water. The young man at the counter spoke excellent English but was also happy to let us practice our rusty French on him. A double room and a twin room were available at very reasonable rates. The restaurant across the road was closed that day but we were directed to several others in the near vicinity. The hotel is a fairly old building; the rooms were somewhat odd shapes, with a toilet in a small room at one side of the main bedroom and the washbasin and shower at the other side but everything was spotlessly clean, the beds were comfortable and the towels were fluffy - what more could we need? It was close to the railway station, tramlines and main road, but two layers of double glazing left the room silent. If staying for more than a night, there was information on what to see and do in Reims, including info about the Champagne House next door. We ate at l'Editio restaurant in town where the friendly concierge said he liked to eat - and thanked him later as we thoroughly enjoyed it - then went to a local brew-pub for some excellent beers, followed by a visit to the Cathedral to see a light show also recommended by the hotel. Breakfast next morning was varied and enjoyable. For an unplanned choice for a one night stop, we could have done a lot worse - I actually doubt we could have done any better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel is ideally located.A five minute walk from the station, access to motorways, the central square and commercial.A quarter of an hour of the Cathedral,Ten minutes from the Congress,The Hotel Porte Mars offers 24 rooms, fully renovated and perfect tranquility.Each room offers all the comfort you need for your living room (WC, Bathroom, Minibar, WiFi access, Canal +, Telephone and Hair Dryer). ... more less
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