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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

hotels

Chateau Les Crayères

Chateau Les Crayères is an incredibly stylish French palace set amongst beautifully manicured gardens. Combining tradition, elegance and comfort, it is luxurious gourmet retreat where guests can relax in sumptuous rooms, savour the outstanding in-house cuisine and enjoy a wine list boasting over 300 different Champagnes. This is an exceptional property with just 20 rooms and suites (some with views of the Reims Cathedral) and despite its opulence, comfort remains a top priority.

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 View Map ... 64, boulevard Henry-Vasnier, Reims, France
Hotel de la Paix

De la Paix is a contemporary retro-style hotel conveniently situated in Reims’ historic centre. Expect spacious rooms decorated with trendy furnishings from wall to wall, and amenities including an indoor pool, hammam and jacuzzi. The central garden provides a charming retreat after a day of Champagne tasting. There is also a funky cocktail lounge and a quality brasserie to complete the package.

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 View Map ... 9, rue Buirette, Reims, France
L’Assiette Champenoise

Just a short 4 km drive west of Reims and close to the Champagne vineyards, L’Assiette is a gem worth discovering. Set in stunning manicured grounds, this exquisite chateau has superb facilities and a refined sense of luxury. Guests are also treated to outstanding local cuisine at its delightful Michelin-starred restaurant.

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 View Map ... 40 av paul vaillant-couturier, Tinqueux , Reims, France

what we think

Few other words are so synonymous with celebration and merriment. The city of Reims is mostly about the “bubbly” and tours of the century-old chalk underground cellars of the champagne houses are a must for the hedonist traveller. They range in style from old-world charm to the Disneyland-esque experience of dodgem cars taking visitors on a ride through ancient subterranean cellars. Satisfied your quench for thirst at the champagne houses? There are many other sparkling experiences in this region including the 13th century stained-glass cathedral in Reims and inspiring drives through the Epernay countryside. The French region that gives us the world’s most imitated and luxurious bubbly is about 2 hours’ drive east of Paris, and it makes a fascinating detour for the hedonist traveller