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Today the city is a joy to explore, thanks to its cluster of magnificent museums, pockets of peaceful parkland, elegant boutiques and happening bistronomic scene – and that's before you've even thought about sampling the bubbles at the revered champagne houses. When you're booking hotels in Reims, France, our choices include hotels in Reims city centre, charming hotels near champagne caves, and budget accommodation in Reims hotels. Whatever your reason for visiting Reims, our hotels are all welcoming gateways to the city and its sights.
Things to do in Reims
Life in Reims ebbs and flows around the soaring Cathédrale Notre-Dame, the ultimate in statue-encrusted, flighty Gothic extravagance and the venue for the crowning of a long succession of French kings. With its glorious interior of sky-high vaulted ceilings and glittering stained-glass windows – look out for Marc Chagall's contributions in the apse – this is the best place to start a walk around Reims's old-world Centre-Ville district. With medieval origins and a neoclassical facelift, the neighbouring Palais du Tau was the site of decadent coronation banquets and now exhibits ecclesiastical treasures from the cathedral. Opposite the Palais du Tau and housed in a grand 18th-century villa, the superb collections at the Musée des Beaux-Artsare under wraps until 2025 for refurbishment. From there it's an easy step to the cobbled Place Royale, with its grand arcaded buildings around a bronze statue of King Louis XV, and on to spectacular Reims monuments like the Gallo-Roman Cryptoportique, once a subterranean storage facility and now doubling as an al fresco dining terrace and concert venue, and the Porte de Mars, a huge, carved triumphal arch celebrating peace in the Roman Empire erected in the 3rd century AD. South of Centre-Ville stands the second of Reims's great churches, Saint-Remi Basilica, with a Romanesque nave and a museum of Roman relics in its tranquil cloisters. Another Reims landmark is the Villa Demoiselle, a fantasy of art nouveau and art deco architecture, while among the city's ever-growing number of museums, one of the best Reims exhibitions is found at the Musée Automobile Reims-Champagne, which traces the French automotive industry through displays of rare vintage cars and classic motorbikes.
Reims and Champagne
Above all else, Reims is famous for its champagne production – a tradition that stretches back to the time of the 9th-century Emperor Charlemagne. Thanks to the undulating landscapes, chalky soil and cool, dry climate surrounding the city, conditions are ideal for growing the Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Meunier grapes that are the only ones allowed in champagne production. Several of the world's most prestigious Grand Marque champagne houses,including Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin and Krug, have their gilded premises in Reims, with many open for tastings and tours of their wine caves tucked into the labyrinth of cavernous crayères (chalk cellars) beneath the city streets. Take a jacket as temperatures underground are cool.
Reims Vineyard Trips
Épernay, 35 minutes south of Reims, is another hallowed HQ of champagne; from here the champagne-producing region spans villages including Hautvillers, where Dom Pérignon, the Benedictine monk regarded as the grandfather of the champagne world, is buried. The rolling vineyards of the region, dotted with Romanesque churches, châteaux and war memorials, are united on the Route Touristique du Champagne, which also wends its way through plateau land in Reims Mountain Regional Nature Park, home of several more champagne vineyards.
Best Reims Restaurants
Of course, all the best Reims eateries serve champagne, whether you're booked into Michelin-star restaurants in Reims or sleek bistros serving oysters and steak tartare on pedestrianised Place Drouet-d'Erlon – a favourite nighttime haunt where local crowds gather around the Subé Fountain to enjoy a glass of fizz or two. For an insight into the daily gastronomic life of Reims, head for the beautifully restored Halles du Boulingrin food hall, where fragrant stalls are piled high with artisan breads, Langres cheeses and Reims hams spiced up with nutmeg and shallots – perfect for a picnic in fountain-filled Les Hautes Promenades park nearby, overlooked by the monumental Porte de Mars. Source other local specialities like pink-tinged biscuits roses – best tasted dipped in champagne – and Bouchons de Champagne chocolates, shaped like a champagne cork and filled with liqueur, from top-quality delicatessens along rue du Mars, or from confectioner Magasin Fossier, a Reims institution since 1756.
Best Reims Hotels
Our portfolio offers some of the best places to stay in Reims, France, including family hotels in Reims with bed and breakfast deals, as well as spa hotels in Reims city centre, ideal for a cosy couples' break. If you're flying in for conferences at Reims Exhibition Centre, try our hotels with coworking spaces near leafy Parc du Champagne. We can also recommend our well-priced hotels with bars in Épernay and Châlons-en-Champagne if you prefer to stay outside the city.
Getting to Reims
Arriving in Reims is a breeze, thanks to its central position in northern France. The nearest international airport is Paris Charles de Gaulle, and from there you can catch high-speed TGV trains to Gare de Reims railway station in central Reims – average journey time is an hour and a half. Direct train services from Paris Gare de l'Est take an hour. TGV, Ouigo and TER rail services also stop at Champagne-Ardenne TGV station, five kilometres south of Reims, with a tram service into Centre-Ville if you're staying in Reims city-centre hotels. If you're travelling by car, the A4, A26 and A34 tolled autoroutes all link with the city, and we have several Reims hotels near the motorway, as well as Reims hotels with parking. Much the best way to see the sights of Centre-Ville is on foot, but options to travel further afield in the city include trams and buses.
When to Visit Reims
Most people choose a lovely weekend in Reims between spring and autumn, as it can get cold and wet over the winter months, but be prepared for rain at any time of year. You can visit Reims champagne houses any time of year too, or book a last-minute hotel in Reims during autumn to witness the annual champagne vendange (bringing in the grapes), and some vineyards will allow visitors to participate in the harvest.