Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city of Strasbourg has a dazzling variety of opportunities for the savvy culture and leisure traveler. There are museums, historical treasures, restaurants, quirky and luxury shops, and the most picturesque streets imaginable. Here’s our pick of the 10 best boutique hotels to match every travel style and budget.
One of the newer entrants on the scene, Hotel D, is a four-star property in downtown Strasbourg located within walking distance of the main historical landmarks and also close to the best shopping in the city. The European institutions district is also just minutes away via the convenient tram or bus network – or one of the self-service bicycles. The attention to detail and stylish décor is second to none. The morning starts with an excellent breakfast and can be followed by a session in the fitness room, or perhaps a sauna and magazine in one of the heated recliners, just one of the many thoughtful personal touches.
A refined atmosphere greets you from the moment you arrive at the Hotel Maison Rouge, with its original stained glass, elegant furniture decorated with Spindler marquetry and Hannong faience, and a Zuber painting in the breakfast room. The four-star property is located smack in the center of town, a stone’s throw from Place Kléber pedestrian area and the main shops, restaurants and markets, and on the tram route just two stops or 12 minutes on foot from the high-speed train station, which makes it a preferred destination for both tourists and business travelers.
Meet a fun and alternative side of Strasbourg at the Hotel Graffalgar where each room has been uniquely decorated by graffiti artists. The urban and modern spirit behind the concept is present in every element of the design and the services offered. The artists were given free rein to decorate the rooms and the inspiration for each work came from sources as diverse as the optical art of Swen Inkub in room 203 to the origami light and shadow of room 101 by Monsta. The common areas are conceived to encourage meetings and conversation, where you are bound to make new travel friends.
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Hotel Suisse because of the unbeatable value of offers and its perfect location. It is directly across the cathedral – so close that you can actually see the spire from some of the rooms. The two-star hotel is friendly and cozy, set in a building full of character and decorated with traditional shabby-chic Alsace touches. For pasty lovers, the café on the ground floor – where the generous buffet breakfast is also served – is worth a pilgrimage just for a slice of their legendary Kughelhopf.
For an entirely different location, near the Embassy district and steps from the idyllic Parc de L’orangerie, Villa Novarina offers a true oasis of peace and pampering. High quality five-star facilities include a world-class Nuxe spa, heated outdoor swimming pool, and heated outdoor jacuzzi, plus a lush garden and terrace. The best of both worlds in a city setting with the feeling of a villa in the countryside. Service is understated and personalized for the discerning guests of its 24 rooms and 3 independent studios.
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Style and elegance are the keywords during a stay at the Hotel Villa d’Est with its rooms and suites with 24-hour room service, plus the tasteful lounge/bar and terrace. The property is about a 15-minute walk from the historical center, the high-speed train station and Petite-France, but within easy access to the highway and European institutions.
Located between the university and the cathedral, the Hotel Roses offers a prime location to explore the town. Guests appreciate the simplicity and convivial charm of this small scale two-star hotel, with each room designed to evoke the personalities or events that different varieties of roses have been named after, such as Souvenir of Marcel Proust or Edgar Degas.
The Régent Contades Hotel occupies a stunning 19th-century mansion with character details throughout, such as the lovely period skylight in the central staircase, the patterned parquet flooring and wall panels in the breakfast room, not to mention the impressive façade. Located on the banks of the river, it is a convenient base to explore all the main places of interest in the city.
The EtC hotel offers an affordable option in a good location perfect for a short break. Though it is close to the main tourist areas such as Petite-France, the main shopping streets and the cathedral, the 35-room hotel is tucked away on a quiet street and offers a friendly concept in a contemporary setting.
Location, location, location… and great value. The hotel Kléber overlooks the central pedestrian square in the heart of Strasbourg. Some of the rooms and suites have a view of the square, which is the site of one of the emblematic Christmas markets and where the main Christmas tree is erected each year. The tram stops at the hotel’s doorstep, perfect if you are arriving by train. In this strategic spot, you’ll be surrounded by dozens of gourmet restaurants and the best shopping addresses in town.