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NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL AND THE CHAMPAGNE CELLARS

Photo - La cathedrale notre dame

The Grand Hotel Continental is located in the heart of Reims in the city centre's pedestrian square just 10 minutes from the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the cathedral was built in the 14th century, representing one of the major works of Gothic art in France.

The hotel is also a mere stone's throw from the city hall, the Reims-Centre high-speed train station and the Palais des Congrès convention centre. The city of Reims is an unmissable destination for discovering the exceptional architectural heritage with the Palace of Tau, the Royal Abbey and the Saint-Rémi Basilica.

Reims is also the champagne city with its 200 kilometres of Gallo-Roman chalk quarries and cellars carved into the underground. This unmissable rich heritage includes the Castelnau and Mumm cellars.

In Reims city centre near the Subé Fountain

Photo - Au centre de Reims

You will find the Grand Hotel Continental and its "Conti" restaurant in a former town house dating back to 1862. Today, this 19th century building stands as an iconic fixture in Place Drouet d'Erlon. It owes its current name to the statue that was erected in 1849 in honour of Jean-Baptiste Drouet d'Erlon, a French soldier in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Today, the square is an important social area and the venue for many events.

Boasting privileged views over Reims city centre and Colbert Square, the hotel is also near the Museum of Fine Arts, the famous Cours Langlet and the Carnegie Library (www.bm-reims.fr).

In the heart of the Champagne-Ardenne region

Photo - Au cœur de la région

Tucked away in the centre of the Champagne-Ardenne region, Reims served as the coronation city for most of the Kings of France. At only 28 kilometres from Epernay, 125 kilometres from Troyes and 143 kilometres from Paris, the city acts as a gateway to the whole of eastern France.

Make the most of your stay in the Champagne-Ardenne region to discover the local culinary specialities. Examples include the andouillette of Troyes, breaded pig's trotters from Sainte-Menehould, and pike from the Lac du Der often accompanied by a champagne sauce.

Do not miss out on the opportunity of tasting the Haute-Marne grey truffle harvested in Chaumont, Chaource and Langres cheese, Reims mustard and vinegar, and the Champagne cabbage and bacon hotpot. When it comes to dessert, treat yourself to Reims pink biscuits, chocolate champagne corks and the famous Reims croquignole crunchy biscuits!