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It’s that odd combination of a hotel with a rugged landscape and a building so polished it would not look out of place in Manhattan. The Royal Champagne, sitting squarely between Reims and Épernay, is a retreat like no other in France's Champagne region. For a start, it has just 47 rooms- each a modernist shrine with light and effervescent interiors that seem to emphasize the vineyards and verdant valley just outside. Natural oak floors, hand-crafted furnishings and fabric wallpapers in muted shades of yellow and blue, architect Giovanni Pace did a wonderful job with the design of this hotel. Then there is its curvy facade and acres of glass everywhere you look… At the Royal Champagne, most of the hotel spaces, including the swimming pool, the spa, the herb garden and the restaurant, enjoy sweeping views over the unspoiled Marne Valley, and there is nothing quite like it. While you’re here, a chat with the head sommelier is a must. The hotel’s bar stocks over 200 bottles of champagne, making it the ultimate setting for a bubbly wine pilgrimage before you head to dinner at the Michelin-starred Le Royal restaurant with its quirky decor of portraits of the most important women in Napoléon’s life.