Assiette Champenoise

After Épernay it was time to visit Reims, more precisely the L’Assiette Champenoise.

Here, in this place, there’s one of the best restaurants in France, and where I had one of the best gastronomic experiences (as a Birthday gift)!

This place is also a true family history!

Jean-Pierre and Colette Lallement opened a restaurant, in 1975, in a village called Chalon sur Veles, close to Reims.

But, in 1986, they felt the need to grow and evolve and went to Tinqueux, next to Reims. Transforming an imposing bourgeois house into a restaurant-hotel!

In 1996, Arnaut started working with his father, and in 2001 they won their first star of the Michelin guide, the following came in 2005 and 2014, and remain till today (and very well deserved I must say!).

The modern decor in contrast with the history of the building captivates us right away when looking at the entrance

In 2009, the restaurant and the reception were totally renewed and in 2010, a total renovation of the hotel took place and new suites were created.

All this change was the responsibility of the interiors architect Grégory Guillmain. And we now find a hotel with a contemporary decoration, reminding us of the very disruptive style of Philipe Starck in the use of metal and materials combination. Meaning… amazing!

In 2013, the Assiette was consecrated as a five-star hotel.

As soon as we arrive at the hotel we stand before an imposing bourgeois house! But the reception shows us right away the contemporary vibe that distinguishes the hotel. This combo is perfect, I must confess!

I fell in love with the flowers perfectly aligned.

We were welcomed by an effective team that accompanied us to our bedroom. Transmitting all that I love about the service of a luxury hotel: sympathy, care, and not invasive! Perfect combo!

The hotel has 33 bedrooms distributed among four floors.

We stayed in a Balcony suite, or should I say home?

Contemporary decor, but cosy – another perfect combination!

With a service bathroom right at the entrance, followed by a living room, elegantly decorated and a small relaxing room, with access to a small terrace with a view to the gardens of the hotel.

A small incorporated closet in the bedroom served its purpose well, and the huge bathroom demonstrated the grandeur of this true luxury hotel bedroom.

The bed, one of the most comfortable I ever felt, and the linen, surely one of the softest. All details were taken into account in this bedroom!

Waiting for us were some tasty religieuses and a bottle of Deutz!

Super approved bedroom! The time had come to see the rest of the hotel!

The decor of this hotel completely filled my measures, I could easily live there!

I’ve never been to a hotel with so many spaces entirely dedicated to relaxation and idleness.

One of the ex libris is the interior pool, warmed to 28 ºC (and for me, it could be much hotter!). This area, all surrounded with glass, allows us to be in perfect tune with the gardens of the hotel, an authentic park, and when we stayed there, they were covered in snow!

However, this is one of the most beautiful places in the hotel, to rest after a visit to Reims, or to read a book, or a champagne glass in the evening.

The charms of the snowy gardens of the hotel 

Speaking of champagne, one of the most vibrant spaces of the hotel is the Le Bar, where it’s possible to have a champagne tasting!

Le Bar

But the true treasure of the hotel is the restaurant! That as I said, has three Michelin stars since 2014, by the hand of Arnaud Lallement.

Here I had the chance to taste one of the best meals of my life and to see a real theatre play, so much was the perfection and synch of the entire team in the room! But João will talk about it in an exclusive article!

Our dinner table

There was no better way to celebrate my 35 years, for sure, than at this hotel, with this comfort and decoration, a familiar environment and with one of the best restaurants in France!

It was the assurance of one very happy birthday, and so it was!

Even more because after an unforgettable dinner, we were surprised with a matching breakfast, a pristine and calm room, great quality produce and much care and love in everything they offer their clients!

Thank you Assiette Champenoise, I can’t wait to go back!

Assiete Champenoise
Bedrooms from 185€
40, Avenue Paul Vaillant-Couturier, Tinqueux – Reims
+33 (0) 3 26 84 64 64

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Photos: Flavors & Senses

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