Cinnaminson, New Jersey
February 14, 2004
We arrived in Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, rented a car, and were on our way to Reims. To get to Reims, take A4 and follow it to the city. I reserved the hotel in advance, and based on its address, I could tell that we should see it right from the road. It was true. You exit from A4, turn left, go across the bridge, then another left and you are on the embankment with all the hotel chain names staring right at you – Le Meridien, Holiday Inn, Quality Inn. We were staying at Holiday Inn Express, the entrance to which is on the corner and is easy to miss. To park, you need to go along the embankment further to the light, turn right, go straight for 2 blocks, turn right again, and then again and essentially come back almost all the way to the embankment. About a block away from it, there is an entrance to the parking under the bridge, and parking is free over night (from 7pm to 9am).
The hotel is very close to the cathedral - it is about 4 blocks away. It has a small reception area with a large eating area on one side and elevators on the other side. The rooms are very small and a triple room has two beds in it and the third you are supposed to find – it’s in the drawer of one of the other two single beds, you are supposed to pull it out. But the room is so small that you cannot walk anywhere once you have all three beds set up, just stay in your place for the rest of the night. There is no real wardrobe, just a couple of shelves with a tiny TV on top. There is no closet and our luggage was literally scattered all over the room, wherever there was a spot to put a bag – there it was. Bathroom is a decent size, with a bathtub, sink and toilet.
As at every Holiday Inn Express, there is free continental breakfast which is served in the large eating area. You can have cereal, orange juice, muffins and pastries for breakfast.
This hotel has a great location, and if you are traveling alone or as a couple, the size of the room may be OK; however, these rooms are just too small for three people and can hardly be called triple. If you decide to stay here, reserve online through www.hiexpress.com to get a better price. If you walk in without a reservation, you will pay extra 10-15 euros/night.
From journal Sightseeing in Reims