I travel from London to Switzerland (with a dog) a couple of times a year and have been trying out different places to stop over. Reims is exactly half-way. I went for the Hotel de la Paix because seemed to be the best hotel in town, but I had some uncertainties:
- driving into the the centre of town can be a pain. You can burn 30 more minutes. Would it be better to just stay in Tiniquex even if that's soulless. Fear not! The highways runs right into Reims, even if the peace skirts around the outside. So you actually have a direct route by driving through the centre, and are only on city road for 2-3 minutes.
- what is Best Western? I don't understand this brand, despite having stayed at it many times. The pictures look really good, but the brand doesn't help assure you. Fear not! At least in my mind, the hotel is far better than a Best Western. It's 4+ stars.
- the hotel website was a pain. There was a special offer of -20% and free breakfast shown on the French website when I booked. But no reference in the booking confirmation. I contacted the hotel - they were rather blunt is saying 'we know nothing about this'. Turns out that you could book the offer on the Best Western US and UK websites, despite not being promoted there. But you couldn't book it on the FR website, despite being clearly shown. Confusing...
The hotel has everything you want for a great stop over:
- very secure underground parking. Make sure you book it, as space is limited
- good staff. The breakfast room staff were particularly lovely.
- very good breakfast (often not the case in French 'chain' hotels). Good quality, range. Fresh OJ available, and eggs to order. Worth the price. And breakfast started at 7.00 on a weekend (again, can be later in other French hotels at the weekend which is useless on a stopover)
- the rooms are very stylish and look like the builders moved out yesterday. Coffee machine, large shower etc. Rooms aren't huge but the space is well allocated (big shower rather than a cramped tub). The hotel is very chic overall.
So this maybe goes top of my list for stopover locations. If you have more time to give to you stopover, I would prefer one of the chateaux in the area (e.g. Chateau d'Etoges). However, you need to check in before a certain time etc etc. If you want a short stop-over in max comfort, this is a great option. I checked in a 1am without a problem. less