Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa

A contemporary retreat in Champagne's rolling hills
VERIFIED LUXURY

Throughout France, nearly every wine region boasts a destination spa hotel, but Champagne — the place where kings came to get coronated for nearly 1,000 years — only just received its first with the addition of Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, located on the edge of Épernay. Architect Giovanni Pace (known for his work with Moët & Chandon) transformed the 19th-century post-trading station were kings and Napoleon once stopped into Champagne’s most talked-about wine country retreat.

Designed to place the Marne Valley and its rolling vines on prime display, the hotel features a combination of local quartz stone and glass for a look that’s modern — yet not imposing — and guarantees all 47 rooms open up to vineyard views. Perched on a hill, the four-level property — held up by 300 concrete pillars — took nearly four years to renovate before opening its doors in 2018. Located 30 minutes by train from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, this welcome new addition to the traditionally classic Champagne region feels removed enough from the main cities, yet is just a quick drive to the capital, Épernay, and landmark limestone Gothic cathedral in Reims.

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Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The Josephine Suite— named after the empress — is the luxury hotel’s top-selling accommodation, thanks to its corner location and balcony that runs the length of the living room and shows off stunning vineyard shots.
  • Chef Jean-Denis Rieubland (formerly of Le Negresco’s heralded eatery) helms Royal Champagne’s two restaurants, elegant à la carte bistro Le Bellevue and the gastronomic Le Royal, which offers one nightly seating for up to 40 people. The bar, Abysse, features five different selections of champagne by the glass that change monthly and a wide cocktail and spirits selection.
  • Royal Champagne’s cellar features more than 400 different champagnes and 1,000 wines from big-name brands and producers, as well as rare and exclusive bottles from small-batch vignerons. Enlist the help of the champagne concierge, who can guide you through a curated tasting or set up a visit to champagne houses not normally open to the public.
  • Special or additional turndown service includes a sleep-enhancing set of essential oil sprays and melatonin-based drops from French beauty brand AIME. On the bedside table, a meditation box (available for purchase at the lobby boutique) plays a series of guided meditation recordings.
  • The 16,000-square-foot spa is top in the region and features treatments by French favorite Biologique Recherche and KOS Paris, as well as two heated pools (the indoor one is year-round and the outdoor option is open spring through fall) overlooking the vines, Jacuzzis, a steam room and sauna, a nail and beauty salon, and a yoga studio. Private and group personal training classes are available on request.

Things to Know

  • Guest room minibars — which are refilled daily — are stocked with complimentary soft drinks and can be customized to your preferences.
  • The pet-friendly hotel personalizes the stay for your animal with embroidered mats, as well as bowls, a room service menu of dry food and freshly prepped hot plates, and services like dog walking.
  • Take an electric bike for a spin through the surrounding vineyards and villages like Hautvillers. The hotel’s concierge can also arrange a number of experiences, from mountain biking and horseback riding to hot air balloon rides over the Montagne de Reims and landmark Champagne villages of Bouzy and Ambonnay.
  • The hotel’s owners also acquired Champagne Leclerc Briant, which you can sample at Royal Champagne or at the source with a tasting and guided tour of the cellars in nearby Épernay, a 10-minute drive away.
  • The Champagne hotel features its own helipad for those who would like to fly via helicopter from Paris.

Amenities
24-hour room service
Bar
Fitness classes
Gym
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Restaurants
Spa
Getting There
9 rue de la République, Hameau de Bellevue, 51160 Champillon, France
TEL33-3-26-52-87-11
NEARBY AIRPORT(S)
CDG (1 h 30 min-1 h 50 min)   ORY (1 h 30 min-2 h)   BVA (2 h 30 min)  
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