Date: June 2018
Location: The hotel is situated right in the middle of the vineyards that stripe the hills of Epernay the capital of Champagne and the historic villages of Champillon and Hautvillers of Dom Perignon fame.
Name: The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa opening Summer 2018
No. of Keys: 49 rooms and suites and a spa spanning 16,000 sq. ft.
Seller: Baglioni Hotels
Buyer: The original property has been closed since 2014 after it was acquired by Boston-based Champagne Hospitality collection, a group of boutique luxury hotels and spas that includes the award-winning Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa in St. Barths.
The hotel will be led by Nicolas Béliard formerly general manager of the Peninsula Paris. They appointed local Reims-based architect, Giovanni Pace, who has designed the property in the style of a contemporary amphitheatre, incorporating the original 19th Century Post House, where it is said that King Charles X of France stopped over before heading to Reims for his coronation.
In partnership with acclaimed French brand Biologique Recherche, the wellness centre comprises nine treatment rooms; state of the art fitness facilities; a wood lined yoga studio; eucalyptus-infused sauna; manicure and pedicure stations and a mosaic tiled Hammam.
Two-star Michelin chef Jean-Denis Rieubland will be the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa’s executive chef, where he will lead the two gastronomic dining experiences – a gourmet dining room, Le Royal, and a more casual, all-day restaurant, Bellevue.
“We are embarking upon something absolutely unique in this very special place, enveloping our guests in a sensory experience that is wholly restorative and as uplifting as the bubbles in a glass of champagne” said Beliard.
Opening rates at Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa start at €495 with rooms available over four categories, including the 1,150-square-foot Suite Josephine, a luxurious suite offering a separate living room and sumptuous master bedroom with stunning views of the Champagne valley.
THPT Comment: Sounds fab and a great coup to secure a GM with such a pedigree. The hotel will be part of Relais & Chateaux marketing consortium.
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