La Caserne Chanzy Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection, is exceptionally located in the historic heart of Reims opposite the Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Offering just 89 rooms, including 17 suites, half of them boast breath-taking views of the Cathedral. This former fire station is part of the Art Deco architectural heritage that marks the reconstruction of Reims in the 1920s.
Preserving the architectural integrity of the original building was a key objective of the transformation from fire station to boutique hotel, which was entrusted to architect Christophe Ballan (Thienot Ballan Zulaica) in association with the local design office. Interior design was led by Julie Fuillet of Julie Fuillet Studio who developed a scheme based on three principles – heritage, knowledge and initiation – to create a total sensory immersion. Artfully combined cork, wood and glass and a colour palette of gold, green and natural tones nod to the hotel’s location in Champagne and bring the outside in, while plush velvet adds a hint of luxury and intimacy.
The brasserie La Grande Georgette offers guests a typical and local bistronomic cuisine, made with fresh, quality products. Accommodating up to 82 guests, it has an open kitchen and an 80-seat heated terrace. True to Autograph Collection Hotels’ ethos that each hotel is inspired by a clear vision and story, the name “La Grande Georgette” comes from a tradition in the late 1920s to name the fire truck after the Captain’s wife. Further honouring the hotel’s past, a bell rings daily at 6pm with staff congregating at the old Fire Tower to pay tribute to the former fire station and brave firefighters.
La Caserne Chanzy has teamed up with French brand Deep Nature to offer guests and locals a 450m2 wellness area in partnership with the cosmetics brand Vinésime. Accessed both from the hotel and a separate entrance, the spa is an invitation to serenity and offers relaxation and rejuvenation through five treatment cabins, an infinity pool with sensory course, a sauna, a steam room, an ice fountain, and a fitness room. In harmony with the identity of La Caserne Chanzy, Vinésime harvests grapes from the most prestigious vineyards to create the core of its products.
✅ free Wi-Fi • 89 rooms • hotel opened: 2019 • architecture: Christophe Ballan • interior design: Julie Fuillet • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk