My wife, young daughter and I stopped here for one night on the way back from a week in Alsace and it's perfectly adequate as it does what it says on the tin.
Location: Very easy to reach straight of the A4. It's located behind the railway station so in a miserable run down area of town (tip: turn left then left again out of the hotel and go down rue de Courcelles and over the railway line which will take you directly to the main shopping/restaurant street - going the opposite way takes you through a lot of run down areas). The main shopping street in Reims is stuffed full of restaurants of all types. (Tip: there is alsoa boulangerie just 50m from the hotel door if you turn left and left again. There's also a 'Champion' supermarket about 100m along rue de Courcelles (going away from the railway) but it doesn't open until 9.00am.
Parking: There is an underground garage (quite a reasonable 5 Euros/night - ask at check-in)but you will need your room key to get in and out of the garage level.
Check-in: Very easy; were issued with room key card and a 'bleeper' to open the hotel garage door but it was a pain getting the suitcases from the car to the carpark lift through three setsof doors and needing the key card to open the last one before then getting the suitcases into the smallish lift and upto the rooms - so a second key card would be useful.
Rooms: The pictures on the website probably flatter the hotel as ours seemed smaller and darker than expected. The walls were also a rough whitewashed artex sort of texture and the fittings are what you might call 'French domestic' i.e. they look as if they've been bought in MFI and then just stood in place rather than being professionally fitted so in the bathroom for example there is a washbasin/cupboard which is a standalone piece of furniture and the bath is also standalone so you could see all the plumbing and wiring behind. The furniture was also very spares and cheap.
Having said that, it did have all that we needed (small but fully equipped kitchenette) and being a mini-suite it did allow us to put our daughter to bed and watch TV in separate room. It was also very clean and we were untroubled by any noise despite having the windows open (and yes, we could open the windows properly unlike in Marriotts where you are restricted to a 2-inch gap!) On the down side the corridors were less clean and looked quite 'lived-in'.
Reims: Seems to be undergoing a lot of urban renewal so is a bit of a pit at the moment. However the main shopping area is pretty much like most European high streets, packed full of chain stores but in this case, also a large number of restuarants to suit all tastes but be aware that most don't serve food before 7.00pm. The 'old town' doesn't seem very old, there's not a lot there and most of it is surrounded by building works so don't expect to stumble on a romantic little bistro anywhere!
All in all this was a reasonable little place; it did what it said and no more, no less.
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