Hôtel du Marc, the art of receiving

Sep 14, 2020 • 2 mins

The Hôtel du Marc rhymes with subtle warmth and sharing, in accordance with beautiful things. The house, a private mansion surrounded by gardens with a pergola, a work of art by the Campana brothers, is located in the very heart of Reims, a short walk away from the cathedral.

Designed in the purest of 18th century architectural classicism, it was originally a simple plot of land purchased by the illustrious widow Clicquot in 1822, to build her cellars. In 1840, the Grande Dame of Champagne left it to her German associate Edouard Werlé who built this house with restraint verging on a pared-down sketch; he made it his home. He will live there until his death in 1884.

In 1907, the Veuve Clicquot company purchased the splendid mansion, which is now a lifestyle symbol, to host its agents, clients and prestigious guests under the best possible circumstances.

Over the years and certainly the last few, it has become a museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art, giving star billing to the profusion of pieces inspired by the yellow label, such as this astonishing "car body shaped" table football in the colours and "kit" of the Champagne house.

Since 2011 and after four years of renovations (costing 11 million euros), the Hôtel du Marc has been continuing its tradition as a host offering the distinguished guests of Veuve Clicquot its personalised bedrooms where the figurative décor evokes work on the vines and the passing of the seasons as seen on the staircase banister, a piece by Pablo Reinoso, which snakes and rolls like « the tendrils of the vine », as Colette would have said. It finishes with the famous "spaghetti bench".

It leads to the bedrooms along a gallery of portrait paintings. The Chevigné room is resolutely classic. The Ponsardin room has a Japanese accent with its restful and zen shades of brown.

The reading rooms plays host to a naturalized ostrich, wearing a leather saddle, helmet and goggles in the brand’s essential colour.

The novelty even seeps into the neon lights, loosely inspired by Louis XV, dallying with the transparent wardrobes of vintage bottles. Classic furniture mixes and matches in each room, including in the two dining rooms which are used as private restaurants.

The audacity is impressive and pleases even the most blasé guests who often spend a delightful moment visiting the Hôtel du Marc.