France: Alsace

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The Alsace wines of the Bas-Rhin
By Sue Style

This Guide was last updated on 12 March 2011
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Hotel de la Cathédrale

Address: 20 Rue Libergier, 51500 Reims
Tel: 03 26 47 28 46  Fax: 03 26 88 65 81
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 49:15:7N (49.25198)    Longitude: 4:1:45E (4.02914) 

In this wealthy capital city of Champagne, it’s difficult to find a central hotel of character that is modestly priced yet has charm and a great location. Martine and Claude Mentaux’s little 17-room hotel ticks these boxes – and their welcome is very warm and natural. The bedrooms on several floors are reached up a spiral staircase (there’s no lift) but housekeeping is immaculate and all have private facilities with Wi-Fi and multi-channel televisions. Note that the cheapest compact rooms are suitable only for the solitary traveller. More spacious double rooms are traditionally furnished and most offer a sidelong view of the Cathedral. Decent continental breakfasts. A good stopover for those on a budget.

Useful information: Rooms: €59-€70; breakfast: €7.50.

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