Reims (pronounced “Rance”) is only 45 minutes from the Gare de l’Est in Paris. You can easily enjoy a day trip, but a girlfriend and I wanted to explore a few Champagne Caves and the city, so we booked a rental with AirBnB.

Thierry and Corinne speak English, so no worries if you don’t speak French. The apartment is  a spacious 80 M2 or about 850 Sq Ft, with 2 bedrooms, so there is room for up to four people. At 85 Euros per night (about $95 USD), it’s a great price for the location, literally one block from the Cathedral.

We took advantage of the private courtyard from the moment we arrived:)

The kitchen had everything, from coffee maker and electric kettle, to oven, toaster, and food processor. A self serve breakfast is included, and there was juice, butter, jam, and organic milk in the fridge, along with a selection of teas and coffee in the cupboard with some spices and sugar.

The open floor plan from kitchen to dining area made it a very inviting space.

Everything was light and open, and towels and bedding were delightfully fluffy and comfortable.

I took the room with two single beds and appreciated the huge multiple pillows with a light duvet.

My friend took the bigger bed with the firmer mattress and closed the outside shutters at night to keep it dark.

Corinne and her son welcomed us with a delicious (still warm) cake baked for our arrival! We enjoyed a piece each while it was still warm and it was our daily breakfast during our four day stay:)

If you drive into town there is paid parking in front and by taxi it’s only 7 Euros from the central train station. If you want to take a tram or bus both have stops only 2-3 blocks away.

You can literally see the Reims Cathedral from our front door!