The Best Hotels to Book in France's Champagne Region

Enjoy a view of the vineyards from your stylish suite at the Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa
Enjoy a view of the vineyards from your stylish suite at the Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa | Courtesy of Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa / Booking.com
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13 September 2021
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It gave everyone’s favourite celebratory tipple its name, but France’s Champagne region has more to offer than sparkling wine. The region’s majestic châteaux, rolling landscapes and grand hotels are worth raising a glass to as well.

It’s not all about the bubbly, you know. Yes, the main reason to go to Champagne is to hop from cellar to cellar and drink gallons of sparkling wine, expertly made here after it was cultivated by Benedictine monks as far back as 1513. But even if you don’t touch a drop of champers, the region is worth visiting thanks to its gorgeous landscapes and quality hotels – from fairy-tale châteaux to modern eco-conscious pods. Even better is that these hotels in France are bookable on Culture Trip.

Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa

A bedroom at the Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa with calm, floral wallpaper and a white double bed
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With lovely views to go with your several top-ups of bubbly, this stylish luxury hotel in the village of Champillon is certainly fit for a royal. Floral ombre wallpaper and linen as soft as a kitten’s belly mean that all the suites are lush. But for something truly special, set up camp in the aptly named Panoramic Suite, with a corner location that offers vistas over the vineyards. Or, for sipping champagne in the evening, there’s the Marie-Louise Suite with its own private terrace.

Villa Primerose

Exterior of the Villa Primerose, a tall, white and grand building
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Villa Primerose in Arcis-sur-Aube couldn’t be better for exploring the Champagne region if it was placed there by tourists themselves. Easily accessible from Paris, Reims, Troyes and Châlons-en-Champagne – and close to the area’s lakes, Champagne routes and factory outlets – the B&B helps to seriously cut down on travelling time. It’s an added bonus that the villa that gave the hotel its name is a striking building that dates back to 1890.

La Réserve de l’Aube

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Outside at La Réserve de l’Aube, an angular pod on a wooden terrace
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Unlike anything else you’ll experience in the region, La Réserve de l’Aube doesn’t have rooms but “zomes” – wooden cocoons in odd geometric shapes. Designed to connect with the Aube landscape, the pods – Walnut, Fig Tree and Cherry Tree – come with large triangular windows to allow light to stream in, and skylights in the bedroom and shower to gaze at the stars. Add a wooden deck that’s perfect for sundowners, and this is tailor-made for romantic getaways.

Château d'Étoges

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Exterior of the Château d'Étoges, a grand country house
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A 17th-century château straight out of a fairytale that’s even surrounded by a moat, Château d’Étoges doesn’t have to work too hard to impress, though the kitchen still does. Situated in the orangery with a terrace and a panoramic view over the château and its park, the gourmet eatery has earned Michelin recognition. You’ll order dishes like roasted pigeon breasts or half-lobster with fresh pasta and squid ink, which are as easy on the eye as the surroundings.

Hostellerie La Briqueterie

A bedroom at Hostellerie La Briqueterie with white and red colour scheme, butterfly-themed wallpaper and a double bed
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Located in Vinay-en-Champagne near Épernay on the slopes of the Marne River, Hostellerie La Briqueterie was built on the site of an old brickyard in 1973. Since then, the building’s hard edges have been softened – first with an extension in 1990 and then an extensive refurbishment in 2006. Among other things, a spa area was added, plus a gourmet restaurant with cherry wood panelling, a fireplace and a large bay window.

Logis Hôtel Clos de Mutigny

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A white bedroom at Logis Hôtel Clos de Mutigny with a terrace visible outside an open window
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This family mansion on the edge of wooded grounds in La Chaussée-sur-Marne was once owned by artist and illustrator André des Gachons – an eccentric man known for painting thousands of delicate watercolours of weather systems and sending them off to the national meteorological service in Paris. Everything here remains pretty as a picture, in particular the hotel’s garden, while a patio is ideal for soaking up the sun.

Château de Rilly

The exterior of the Château de Rilly, a tall, white, grand building partially obscured by a fountain
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Given its history, it’s surprising Château de Rilly near Reims doesn’t have Champagne coming out of the taps. The birthplace of De Lossy Champagne, the 18th-century castle once had cellars containing more than three million bottles of bubbly. It’s now in the hands of the Serena family (big wine producers from Italy) who, when renovating, stayed true to the classic, elegant style of the original building.

La Villa Eugène

A spacious, white and cream bedroom at La Villa Eugène with a chandelier, chairs and a fireplace
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Addresses don’t come much more exclusive than the spot where La Villa Eugène finds itself. Located on Avenue de Champagne in Épernay, the hotel has Champagne houses Moët et Chandon, Mercier and De Castellane as neighbours on a street believed to be the most expensive in the world thanks to the millions of bottles of champers in cellars below the surface. As befits its perch, La Villa Eugène is luxurious throughout, including a magnificent conservatory and heated outdoor pool.

Hôtel Pasteur

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A double bed at Hôtel Pasteur beneath a wall painting of a naked woman
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As you would expect from a hotel located in a former convent, Hôtel Pasteur in Châlons-en-Champagne is a wonderfully tranquil place. The real showstopper is an ornate, 17th-century staircase that leads to tastefully decorated rooms incorporating the hotel’s sun logo. There’s a shaded terrace to while away balmy afternoons, while adjoining restaurant Le Petit Pasteur serves scrumptious, traditional French dishes.

Hôtel de la Vinaigrerie

A cream and bright bedroom at Hôtel de la Vinaigrerie with a white and blue double bed
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Hôtel de la Vinaigrerie makes the most of its location in Joinville right on the Marne River and the Champagne-Bourgogne Canal. Arriving by boat? Pull up to the hotel’s private port. Fancy some adventure? Rent a canoe and get paddling – or seek out one of the great fishing spots around. If all else fails, you can’t go wrong come nightfall: you’ll be spending the night right on the banks of the Marne in a chalet or on the hotel’s barge.

If you’d like to know more about Champagne, see our guide to visiting the region. For those wanting to explore France further, Champagne is only a few hours from Paris – discover the best apartments or hotels with balconies in the country’s capital, now bookable via Culture Trip. Explore Paris away from the main tourist attractions and track down the top places to eat with chef Gregory Marchand’s take on Parisian dining.

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