10 Palaces in and Around Dijon You Can Actually Stay in

Photo of Sylvia Edwards Davis
Writer9 March 2017

The capital of Burgundy is an epicenter of culture, history and gastronomy, with a wide selection of accommodation fit for royalty. Expanding on the strict definition of the palace hotel, here’s a choice of city palaces, country chateaux, abbeys, and mansions that cater for a discerning clientele.

Grand Hotel La Cloche

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The Grand Hôtel La Cloche is Dijon's only five-star hotel
The Grand Hôtel La Cloche is Dijon's only five-star hotel | Courtesy of Grand Hotel La Cloche / Hotels.com
The most elegant and luxurious hotel in the city, the Grand Hotel La Cloche is part of MGallery by Sofitel, a collection of boutique hotels dedicated to lovers of life and culture. Their Dijon property is a gateway to the finer things in life, a historical monument that presides over the Darcy gardens, and within walking distance of the historic center with its many historic and cultural attractions, and the finest restaurants.

Maison Philippe le Bon

This palatial medieval property is steeped in history. It is actually three mansions combined into one. In 1490, Thomas Berbisey, a civil servant close to King Louis XI, began construction of his opulent mansion, with the gothic courtyard fashionable at the time. In 1571 his descendants sold to a congregation of nuns until the revolutionaries took possession of the place and through different owners it was converted into the fabulous Maison Philippe le Bon, a four-star city palace in the medieval center. It’s amazing to see so many of the original features have survived the test of time.

Maison Philippe le Bon, 18 Rue Sainte-Anne, Dijon, France +33 3 80 30 73 52

©Maison Philippe le Bon, Dijon

The opulence is palpable | ©Maison Philippe le Bon, Dijon

Résidence Pré aux Clercs

At the heart of the historic center of Dijon, the residence of the Pré aux Clercs has just five rooms with contemporary décor set in the awe-inspiring architectural ensemble of the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, across from the main building housing the Musée des Beaux Arts. As if the stunning backdrop of this well-kept secret wasn’t enough, downstairs of the residence is the renowned Pré aux Clercs restaurant.

Résidence Pré aux Clercs, 3 rue du Palais, Dijon +33 3 80 38 05 05

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A beautiful place to stay | ©Résidence Pré aux Clercs

Château de Saulon-la-Rue

South of Dijon, on the edge of the vineyards, the 17th-century castle sits amid lovely manicured gardens with mature trees and a beautiful pool — a perfect starting point for a tour of the wine route. The rooms at the three-star Château de Saulon are impeccably decorated in a contemporary fashion with all modern conveniences, and the restaurant and terrace offer a perfect setting for a relaxed and luxurious break away from it all, yet at the doorstep of the city.

Château de Saulon, 67 Route de Dijon,, Saulon-la-Rue, France +33 3 80 79 25 25

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Simply stunning | ©Chateau de Saulon

Château de Gilly

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Château de Gilly
Château de Gilly | ©Arnaud25/Wikicommons
The elegant Château de Gilly is a former Cistercian residence located between Dijon and Beaune. This exclusive hotel is set amid expansive grounds with its own moat, and features the well-loved Clos Prieur gourmet restaurant with stunning vaulted ceilings.

Abbeye de la Bussière

This show-stopping property is a destination in itself, part of the Relais & Châteaux network of prestige hotels. The abbey dating back to 1131 is set on a six-hectare domain with incredible historic outbuildings. It is strategically located just a 30-minute drive from Dijon, near the Prenois racing circuit and the wine trail Route des Grand Crus. Abbeye de la Bussière also offers an award-winning gastronomic restaurant that features local dishes with a modern touch, as well as a wide selection of local wines.

Abbeye de la Bussière, Route départementale 33, La Bussière-sur-Ouche, France +33 3 80 49 02 29

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The abbey dates back to 1131 |©Abbeye de la Bussieère

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  • Château de Courban

    We are exploring further afield, around 90km north of Dijon, which is worth the trip to find the perfectly escapist Château de Courban and its accompanying Spa Nuxe. The unmissable restaurant makes this charming property even more irresistible, as well as the special attention paid to every detail of the interior – owner Pierre Vandendriessche is a professional decorator.

    Château de Courban, 7 Rue du Lavoir, Courban, France +33 3 80 93 78 69

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    A tastefully decorated room | ©Chateau de Courban

    Château Sainte Sabine

    Located south of Dijon, halfway to Beaune, the 17th-century Château Sainte Sabine is surrounded by eight hectares of parkland straight off the pages of a storybook on the banks of the Burgundy canal. Once a stately home, it now offers 22 rooms, a bar and restaurant, plus a scenic terrace and outdoor swimming pool.

    Château Sainte Sabine, 8 route de Semur, Sainte-Sabine, France +33 3 80 49 22 01

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    This gorgeous spot dates back to the 17th century | ©Château Sainte Sabine, Burgundy

    Château Chailly

    Calling all golfers! This is either a castle that has a golf course, or a golf course that comes with a castle, depending on your level of enthusiasm for the sport. Even if you never go near the links, the setting of this spectacular 16th-century Château Chailly is mesmerizing, and so convenient. It’s a haven of peace just under 50km from Dijon and all its attractions, and under 10 minutes from the stunning Morvan Natural Park.

    Château Chailly, Allée du Château, Chailly-sur-Armançon, France +33 3 80 90 30 30

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    One for the golf enthusiasts! | ©Château du Golf de Chailly, Burgundy