Chateau Les Crayeres
Travel Blogs from Reims
I forgot what it was like to live in a lively urban area. I was driving down my street the other day and a fight between two old drunks broke out and spilled out into the middle of the street. The French just ignore these things, while I of course felt compelled to break it up or call the police.
There is also a lack of naturally occurring green space. You must walk, bus, or drive to the open green spaces. It's not just ...
I am taking pictures of parents outside gage's school who smoke while they are waiting to pick up their kids. this wouldn't be too bad if they didn't have very small children in tow who are 6 inches or less from the end of the cigarette. if i were a french person and i moved to america, i'd probably do the same thing with obese people but i'm not so i'm ...
Gage made a friend named Damien. On Sunday, we went with his family to Les Faux de Verzy in Verzy France. It was a beautiful drive through the champagne vineyards, including the Moet and Chandon fields. We went for a long walk through the park where there is a type of tree called "Les Faux". It is a type of tree that only grows in two places in France. The limbs are very twisted and knotty. Damien's mother kept referring to them as "tortuous." ...
... hooked my mom up for a ride. So, my memories of the Balloon Fiesta are intertwined with my time spent with the French pilots. Now you know why I got up at the crack of dawn to drive 20 minutes to a tiny balloon ascension. I even acted as a crew member for one of the balloons. It all just made s
but I kept thinking, "Where's my chorizo breakfast burrito"?
... makes me cringe since i pay a copyeditor a lot of money to make sure i have no passive voice in my papers. but here i am explaining to haven, "change the tunisians won the match" to "the match was won by the tunisians."
haven did go out with a friend on friday night to a thing called "clockitricity." from what i could tell it sounded like a techno-festival. she was out late and learned a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Chateau Les Crayeres Reims
We arrived in Reims via train from Paris, caught a taxi to Les Crayeres. Our "standard" room was ready for us, and it was anything BUT standard.
We spent our 25th anniversary at Les Crayeres in July for 2 nights. We stayed in Room 16, a corner room with a terrace and a beautiful view of Reims. The room was magnificent, the service friendly, professional and royal. Our first night we only had an appertif on the terrace but it was memorable for the quality of the champagne, the accompanying starter served with it and a view of the setting sun like a post card. The following evening we enjoyed another appertif on the terrace followed by an incredible dinner, probably the best we ever had. Impeccable service, beautiful surroundings and a sumptuous breakfast the following morning served with our anniversary cake ( a surprise at dinner the night before which we could not possibly eat). It's no wonder that Les Crayeres ranks continously in the top 10 hotels in the world in every reader poll (8th this year in Travel and Leisure Sept 2004 edition). Only sorry that we didn't tour more than one champagne cave and that there was no english tour of the cathedral as the brochure indicated. We drove the back roads to Verdun to see the WWI sights instead which was quite interesting.
Very relaxing and quiet!
One of the best places in the world, BUT only if your over 60 years old. My husband and I found it VERY QUIET. If your thinking about visiting this wonderful hotel, don't stay more than one night. We stayed there 2 nights and thought I was going to explode from the boredom. What saved us was my husband and I visited all the champagne houses around the hotel. Amazing!! If you don't like champagne DON'T GO. This is the only thing to do during the day. Their restraunt was WONDERFUL. Great service. But again, we stayed too long.
Best meal ever
The best meal we've ever had. The five-course set menu is wonderfully put together, and the portions are just right. Notwithstanding the cost, I would certainly eat there again.
My partner and I staid there on our first anniversary. He was there for the first time, and I was personnally returning for the 6th time, eventhough I had never slept there.
What a fantastic place! From the chicest receptionists I've ever seen through to the most amazing service and food ever. This was an incredible start to our honeymoon and we will definitely be going back (once we've saved enough money!) Yes it is pricey but with it's wonderfully peaceful English gardens, sophistocated atmosphere and fab staff it's worth every penny. We only had a standard room but that certainly didn't mean it was your run of the mill standard hotel bedroom. Definitely the place to go for special occasions but don't forget to bring at appetite; 8 courses is definitely a lot to handle!
What a great "chateaux-turned-boutique-hotel"....service sooo helpful and literally surrounded by all the main champagne houses....all accomodations are different in decor and suites-if only due to their huge size!-and furnished with beautiful art instead of reproductions....one needs a car there to drive around....but I seldom left the property catching up on my reading, delicious eating and great DVD library for guests.....FYI:NOBODY will exchange $100 bills (except Les Crayeres) in Epernay or Reims-the nearest towns-because "they might be fake"!!!! All the banks came with the same line!!! And we mostly carried $100 bills!!!! And CC's don't work for all things you know.....no bank could explain why their staff could detect lower dollar fake currency yet NOT $100 bills....very odd......
My wife and I stayed here on the next-to-last night of our 2-week honeymoon in France. The accomodations were very impressive--a spacious room with a small balcony view of Reims, a comfortable bed, lavish decorations, and updated bathrooms with both tub and shower. The *only* downside was that our heater stayed on high despite my repeated attempts to work the controls, so we had to open the balcony doors. But aside from its convenience and its luxury, the real reason to visit here is the dining. I have been fortunate enough to have quite a number of excellent meals in my life all over the United States and even a little of Europe, but this was absolutely my finest dining experience. We had spent the two weeks previous dining at a number of noted Relais & Gourmand establishments, but we weren't prepared for the superiority of Boyer les Crayeres. Both of us ordered the chef's menu accompanied by the sommelier's selection, and were treated to course after course of simply incredible delicacies. From soups to lobster to liver (which I rarely eat) to several desserts, everything we tried was magnificent. I can't recall all of the specific dishes (and half the time we were guessing anyway), but I do remember that the champagne was Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame 1995, and probably the best I've tasted. Afterwards, we were ushered into the adjoining bar to enjoy espresso and after-dinner drinks, and we could not help but spend the time reliving our supreme dinner experience. Boyer les Crayeres receives my HIGHEST recommendation!
The Best Restaurant in the World
When my wife offered me as a birthday gift a week in the kitchen of a Relais and Chateaux restaurant through their new program, I said, only if les Crayères participates. I was not disappointed. I was the second participant (the first was a local who sat in the corner and watched), and the first American, the first former chef, the first foreigner who spoke French. The restaurant is, simply, unmatched anywhere. The service (according to Travel and Lesiure, and I agree) is the best in the world. Besides, it's in the heart of the heart of the Champagne region of France. GO!
Worth every penny. Boyer les Crayeres deserves high marks for its fine rooms and excellent cooking. My wife and I spent two days at Boyer in mid-April 2003. Our room at about $380 a night--the dollar was sinking like a rock against the Euro--was extremely comfortable. Avoiding getting a room over the kitchen, though well insulated, our room was a bit noisy in the morning. Otherwise, splurge for a room with a balcony overlooking the garden. Even the lowest priced rooms were well appointed--took a look when the maid was cleaning them. The restaurant was amazing (3 Michelin stars), though the price was through the roof. Count on $220 to $250 per person with the fixed menu. A la carte will run you even higher. Worth it though, if you consider what you get. The service was sublime, food layered with flavor, elegant dining rooms, and excellent champagnes and wine (included in the fixed menu price). Overall Boyer is a real splurge for those making under 100K per year. If you make over 100K, you really could not tell at Boyer; they seem to treat their guests like friends. Boyer les Crayeres is like going to a special place to live and eat just for awhile. Yes, for a price, but a small one for the memory.