Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Only when you book with Chic
Le Château d’Etoges is a regal boutique hotel in the heart of Champagne. As you can expect, here lies an oenophile’s dream world: with Dom Pérignon, Moet & Chandon, Taittinger, Veuve Cliquot and Pommery all on your doorstep, we reckon it would probably be pretty tricky not to have a good time during your visit.
Wine isn’t the only part of the Chic Retreat’s allure (although it does feature rather heavily): the hotel itself is pretty spectacular, having formerly been the resting point for Kings of France as they journeyed from Paris to Strasbourg.
Housed in a moated 17th-century château and set within its own small vineyard, you’ll be feeling like royalty in no time. The regal ambience is heightened in the grand, panelled reception rooms and roaring open fireplaces, not to mention in the charming staff who are around to ensure your every need is catered for.
Most of the rooms are dog-friendly (contact the hotel ahead of arrival), however there is a nightly supplement of around €20/night and pets are not allowed in the restaurant.
Wake up in the morning to a lavish Champagne breakfast – this is France, after all – which is served each morning in the salon room. The hotel restaurant is a must-visit, with additional vegetarian and tasting menus to choose from. Served in the Orangery, this is fine French cuisine at its best.
Rooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes here. The Standard Rooms are fairly compact but are well-decorated, whilst the larger Deluxe Rooms feature opulent furniture, lavish bed drapes and large windows. There are also more contemporary rooms in the Orangery. Some rooms are dog-friendly (please check before booking).
It’s not everyday you meet a hotel with such a rich history, so make the most of it with an informative tour of the building on arrival. There is also a spa offering a range of massages and beauty treatments, along with a Finnish sauna and Turkish bath.
You won’t go thirsty here: the hotel can arrange vineyard tours and Champagne tasting to most of the major vineyards in the region. Make sure to leave some space in your suitcase so you can buy a bottle to bring home afterwards.
Located in the heart of the Champagne region, most of the major Champagne Caves are within a 40-minute drive. The nearby village of Etoges has a beautiful medieval church and a couple of shops including a boulangerie and wine shop, of course.