April 2, 2012

Veuve Clicquot’s
Hôtel du Marc

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Built in 1840, the Hôtel du Marc stands out for the beauty of its neoclassical façades. A venue that welcomes Veuve Clicquot’s most prestigious guests, the building is located at 18 rue du Marc in Reims, the capital of France’s Champagne region. It underwent complete renovation from 2007 to 2011. With its landscaped grounds brightening up the city center, the Hôtel du Marc harbors a host of delightful surprises….

Each of the rooms features a distinctive universe, enhanced by the renovation headed by architect Bruno Moinard. Visitors can lose themselves in contemplating the works of art displayed throughout the Hôtel. Designer Matthieu Lehanneur specially conceived the “Once upon a dream” room for guests recovering from jet lag.

Another room is devoted to Japan, decorated with sophisticated artworks by Chiho Aoshima, a leading figure of the Superflat movement founded by Takashi Murakami. At the top of the main stairway are fabulous pieces by Pablo Reinoso.

Then there is the secret Cabinet de Curiosités, a lounge where visitors are free to chat at length among the antiques and other objects of natural history. Finally, there is the tasting room – lit by neon chandeliers signed Jugnet & Clairet – which can transform into a ballroom or large dining room for special events.

Despite this thorough grounding in tradition, the Hôtel du Marc is a paragon of modern-day eco-management. It is 70 percent energy independent thanks to its solar water heating system and its ground heat exchanger, which uses underground conduits to cool incoming air in summer and heat it in winter. The Hôtel du Marc is a gem of architecture and green building!

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