This hotel is well.... kind of, sort of just plain out I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. http://www.lescrayeres.com/uk.html. I just went on a tour of the rooms so I could be certain of the quality when referring this property to clients who come to the region and I was definitely blown away. I understand now why the hotel Les Crayeres has won a plethora of awards over the last 10 yrs. These awards include: Number one Hotel in the World in 2002, Best Dining Experience by Zagat in 2004, Highest Ranking Hotel in the Europe for Service in 2005 by Travel and Leisure, Best Hotel in France in 2007 and Best Hotel Restaurant in Europe by VilleGiature.
The hotel was built in 1885 by Mrs Pommery of Pommery Champagne http://www.pommery.com/, inhabited by her and her family and then partially destroyed by the German forces in WWI. The park in front was transformed into an artillery ground. In the 1920's the castle was restored. In the 1940's the Royal Air Force occupied the castle and a German aerial bomb attack was attempted but the bomb was unsuccessful and landed in nearby vineyards. In 1945 the American army arrived at the Castle and used it as a relaxation point and the terrace as a dance floor. In the following years the castle was inhabited by a count (Charles of Colignac) and by a prince (Guy of Polignac) who was the CEO of Pommery at the time.
La Rotonde Bar. It is an absolute must to have a drink here whether you decide to stay at the hotel or not. It will leave you speechless.
Finally, In 1980 the Castle was purchased by the Gardinier family and renovated again. Then in 1983 the Castle was opened to the public as a restaurant/hotel with head chef Gerad Boyer who soon received 3 Michelin stars. Since 2010 Phillipe Mille who is the winner of the 2009 Boucuse de Bronze has take over both the kitchens at Le Parc and Les Crayeres. Unfortunately along with a departed chef naturally comes departed stars :( Yet, I believe they are soon to come as the food is still delightful and hopefully they will be listed in the Michelin guide this year. Hotel prices range from 320-over 600 euro. The basic room has not been renovated but is still quite large and has a beautiful ambience. Check out the pics below!
The first room was a beatiful suite with a large entry, beautiful renovated bathroom and even a booze music system by the bath. How gorgeous is the red wallpapered entry?
Another suite is shown below. This suite actually has a nice luxurious couch that makes into a bed and actually can sleep 4. This room is between 500 and 600 euro a night. It has the most amazing French, crisp, fine and luxurious feel to it. Wouldn't you love to come back to this comfy room after a day of Champagne tasting?
And a similar beautiful suite below with historic french paintings, beautiful toile wall paper, thick tapestries, plasma tv and renovated bath fitted with hermes products
When people ask me to take them out for a day of private tasting this is one of the incredible Chateaus I refer them to stay the night at! A trip fit with this chateau, the food inside, the Champagne at private producers + escargot and foie gras farms visits really creates a surreal experience.