Photo Courtesy of Veuve Clicquot
Last year we wrote about the plans for the redesign of France's Hotel du Marc
. Now, after four years of renovations, the 19th century, neoclassical private mansion of the House of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin located in Reims, has been restored and updated.
The grande dame has had a complete freshening up, from the façade which was severely damaged in the First World War, to the updated interior design. The renovation was a global collaboration involving professionals who specialize in historic preservation as well as cutting edge artists and renowned designers such as Mathieu Lehanneur, Pablo Reinoso, Fredrikson Stallard and the Campana Brothers.
The hotel is situated on the land that Madame Clicquot acquired in 1822. The mansion was offered to Edouard Werlé (1801-1884), her successor and mayor of Reims. After reacquiring the building in 1907, the house of Veuve Clicquot opened the Hôtel du Marc to guests from around the world who wish to discover the Champagne region and the French art of living.
The hotel's new experience combines tradition and modernity incorporating the Champagne's signature shade of harvest gold. Featured areas include the library filled with souvenirs from travels; the dining room rendered dramatic in theatrical black enhanced with gold; the "Gloriette" by the Campana Brothers; the "cadre de vie" bench by Pablo Reinoso; the "Once upon a dream" room by Mathieu Lehanneur; and the
entrance hall "mirror pleated skirt" designed by Bruno Moinard.
The property is like a magical fairyland; part history, part fantasy, the embodiment of the brand's legendary past and enduring future as a global standard-setter. As befits the times, the restoration of the Hôtel du Marc has fully integrated an environmental approach. The building can achieve 85% autonomy in energy and reduce its carbon footprint by 90%. Heating and air conditioning are provided from geothermal sources thanks to an underground water table.
The property is more brand statement and guest house than hotel, but we have a feeling that those with the right means and right connections will find their way in.