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Épernay is the true capital of Champagne. The drink and thus, the region. Here are some good reasons to visit, and some of the best places to stay in Épernay to enjoy them.
In the heart of the vineyards, ninety per cent of this town's population work in champagne production. Most of them at one of Épernay's thirty seven Champagne houses, which range in size from world renowned brand Moët et Chandon to tiny producers hardly anyone outside of France has heard of.
Épernay is one of the wealthiest towns in the Champagne region. Moët et Chandon have pride of place on the Avenue de Champagne, a gorgeously grand street on which all the big labels have their 'houses'.
But the smaller producers are only a short stroll from here at the western end of town. So if you don't over do it you should be able to make a reasonable comparison…
Épernay is also famous for the vast underground cellars lying directly below its streets. There are approximately 110kms worth, holding 200 million bottles of fizz. There's a famous story that in 1950 one of the Mercier family decided to host a car rally in their cellar. And not a bottle of champagne was broken!
If you venture out of Épernay you can be at many of the region's finest vineyards within half an hour. The Aÿ area, cradle of Pinot Noir - grape of choice for Bollinger, is just across the Marne river from Épernay.
If you go west along the Marne you'll find the Pinot Meunier vineyards, favoured by Krug and Pol Roger. And if you leave Épernay and head South you'll be heading for Chardonnay territory on the hillsides of the Cote de Blancs.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Epernay range from a reasonably priced family run affair to five star country house luxury just outside town.
For champagne tasting
- La Villa Eugene is one of the best places to stay in Épernay if you're looking for purist fizz and luxury. This charming house once belonged to the famous Mercier family. It's also a good choice if you want to be in town. Which also means within walking distance from as many champagne houses as possible.
- Surrounded by vineyards and parklands, the Chateau d'Etoges is our pick if you want somewhere fit for a King. The opulent bedrooms have four poster beds, fireplaces and parquet flooring. The Orangery restaurant is excellent, as is the spa.
- Alternatively try the Hotel Royal Champagne. Here you'll find antique filled rooms with gilded mirrors and creamy furnishings. Superb restaurant and bar serving the best the region has to offer!
- One of the best places to stay in Epernay (or indeed all of France) for foodies is Les Berceaux. Patrick Michelon works his magic in the restaurant, or if you want something more relaxed there's Bistro No 7. The twenty eight rooms are simple but comfortable and excellent value with prices starting from €98 per night.
Still undecided? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Épernay, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively widen your search and take a look at all our recommendations in Champagne.
Best Hotels in Epernay
Villa Louis Victor 5 rooms from $84Epernay
A comfortable B&B in Dizy, near Epernay. The modern and simple rooms boast soft furnishings and tasteful decorations. In the heart of the Champagne region, the B&B is near many famous houses such as Moët et Chandon and De Castellane. An ideal resting place for a bubbly tour!Value chic - A very reasonably priced hotel offering tasteful decor, neutral tones and a hearty breakfast in the popular Champagne region.Sights nearby - Visit the Castellane Tower, less than two miles away.
Les Berceaux 28 rooms from $99Epernay
Family run hotel in Epernay, the heart of the Champagne region. The world's most famous champagne houses in the Avenue de Champagne are close by. Les Berceaux is all about the cuisine with two restaurants - the Michelin starred Michelon and the Bistrot 7.Restaurant - Hotel owner and chef Patrick Michelon and his dedicated team prepare an unforgettable menuRestaurant with rooms - The emphasis of this charming hotel is on the two restuarantsGood wine list - Superb wine list with champagne by the glass to sampleOwner managed
Chateau d'Etoges 28 rooms from $103Étoges, Champagne
A stately chateau surrounded by vineyards and parklands. Opulent bedrooms have four poster beds, fireplaces, parquet floors, and high ceilings. An excellent spa and wellness centre and Orangery restaurant. Fit for a King.Romantic BreakSights nearby - Good location for visits to the Champagne housesGreat walks - Lots of local hiking trailsRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Sawdays
Hôtel Jean Moët 12 rooms from $146Epernay
Perfect for immersing yourself in the opulent champagne culture of Epernay. A beautiful 18th century townhouse with rooms wonderfully furnished in the mode of Louis XV. Ideally placed to explore the magnificent champagne cellars of Epernay and the surrounding vineyards.Romantic Break - A chic hotel in the glorious town of Épernay, boasting suave suites, a Champagne bar, spa and sauna.Local exploring - A perfect base for explore the Champagne capital of the world in a grown up and sophisticated style.Great walks - The picturesque countryside, made up of rolling vineyards, makes for excellent walking.Sights nearby - Close to the Avenue de Champagne, where world famous champagnes cellars are situated.
La Villa Eugene 15 rooms from $156Epernay
A highly sophisticated and very luxurious city spot that once belonged to the Mercier family. Seamless bedrooms and suites decorated in chic creams with parquet floors and fireplaces. An elegant conservatory bar looks onto a pool and the gardens.City StyleSights nearby - Explore all the champagne housesSwimming Pool - Outdoor heated poolLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Sawdays
Parva Domus Guesthouse 5 rooms from $167Epernay
A charming 18th century townhouse, in the Champagne capital. The five comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms exude a homely warm feeling. Near the centre of Epernay, it's perfect for exploring the city's world celebrated champagne cellars including Mercier, Moët & Chandon and Dom Pérignon.Local exploring - A charming base for exploring the vibrant champagne region, your hosts will happily fill you in on the towns history.Hideaway - A quaint and cosy B&B, with a magical atmosphere from the free flûte on arrival to breakfast in the elegant rooms.Great walks - Wander around this picturesque town, or take a tour of the maze of cellars under the guesthouse.Local markets - The towns weekly market is the perfect place to pick up some of the fruits of the local area.
Hostellerie La Briqueterie 40 rooms from $219Epernay
Recently renovated country house hotel on a vineyard just a stone's throw from Epernay. Luxurious rooms are indivdually designed with interesting fabrics and bold wallpapers. Sit out on the terrace and enjoy views over gardens, fountains and pool, or head in for fabulously pampering spa treatments.Wine tasting - Explore the oldest and most prestigious Champagne houses 4km away in EpernayMeeting RoomSwimming Pool - Heated, indoorOpulentRecommended by - Relais & Chateaux
Hotel Restaurant Les Avises 10 rooms from $261Epernay (Champagne)
Located in Champagne, France's famous wine region, plus a famous restaurant headed by Michelin star awarded chef Rossillon, this property is a must for foodies. The chateau is 19th century with modern interiors. Rooms feature cow skin rugs, retro furnishings, original art and expansive bathrooms.Wine tasting - There is no better place to sample the golden, bubbly delights of the Champagne region!Sailing - Sailing on the Lac de Villegusien is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.Sights nearby - Reims Catherdral and the Abbey of Saint Remi not to be missed.Great walks - Through the Montagne De Reims Regional Nature Park.