Agreeing with the previous review by Julie S - the location is ideal for exploring Reims - couldn't be more central. Our Privilege room on the fifth floor had a small balcony which overlooked the courtyard and afforded a half decent view of the top of the Cathedral towers from where I took some pictures of the statues with the zoom on my camera.
About the hotel there are some positives and negatives - I guess it boils down to personal preference - and our preference is for something a little less corporate in atmosphere. Well decorated if you like the modern stainless steel, glass and plastic type of décor in tones of soft truffle, brown, and raspberry with splashes citrus orange and green, and it is everywhere, in the reception, the bar, the restaurant and the bedroom. It just didn't seem like a place to enjoy a relaxed few days in and our impression was that it was geared more to the business market than the tourist.
The reception staff we came into contact with were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable - especially Betty and Carl (don't bother with the tourist office - Betty is a mine of information and can book you into the Vueve Cliquot tour in the blink of an eye - after the tourist office told us we wouldn't be able to get in for at least a couple of weeks).
Breakfast is served from 7a.m. until 10.00a.m. buffet style and it's ok but I found the "scrambled eggs" a rather dubious looking scrambled omelette reminiscent of some those omelettes produced in James Martin's Saturday Kitchen show. After that you cannot seem to get a coffee or snack in the hotel until 2p.m. when the bar opens. Room service is only available in the evenings from about 7p.m. to 11.30p.m.
The room was o.k. been in better, been in worse. Spacious, bed large (two singles linked) and afforded a decent night's sleep, soft pillows and nice bedding. One wardrobe with hanging space, shelves and safe but with one of my pet hates - hotel hangers that I do not want to steal so why have those impossible to move clips. Same in the bathroom (nice bath, good walk in shower, spotlessly clean) but another pet hate - locked in bath and shower gel dispensers. Why would we book in to hotels just to pinch the "complimentary" toiletries? Oh and instead of spoons with the tea and coffee mugs we had wooden stick stirrers! I don't want to pinch your spoons either I have my own. Did love the electric roll down black out blind though.
The courtyard seems to be the place most guests like to congregate and it is a pleasant place to have a late drink on a warm evening. However while we were there the weather was warm with intermittent showers but to continue enjoying our drink we raised the large umbrella - only to be ordered to put it down by the bar staff and told we must drink inside. Apparently brollies aren't there for the rain (they were wooden framed ones so I couldn't imagine this was a precaution in case of lightening).
Had a meal one evening during our three night stay in the Café de la Paix. Service was slow but friendly. Food ok, uninspiring, but nothing to write home about so I wont.
Reims is an easy city to walk around and has plenty of wheelchair friendly areas. The vast array of cafes and restaurants offer everything from most continents, Chinese, burgers, pasta, fish, taccos, kebabs etc but it is mostly average and hugely overpriced. L'aphrodite impressed us the most and certainly seemed to be one of the most popular.
For its location the de la Paix scores highly, but everything else is just a bit bland and soulless.
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- The BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel de la Paix is located in the heart of Reims, in an exceptional setting. A stone's throw away from the cathedral, our hotel is also situated near the conventioncentre and the highspeed train station.The hotel, which combines modernity and cultural heritage, has 165 comfortable, soundproof and air-conditioned rooms with free wifi. ... more less
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