There is plenty to do and see in Clermont-Ferrand, the capital of France’s Auvergne region. Tourists can wander around the Michelin museum or experience the city’s medieval cathedral, and the more adventurous can set off to explore the Chaîne des Puys volcano range and take in various outdoor activities. Whatever your plans, make sure you stay somewhere with real character by choosing one of the cultural hotels or B&Bs on this list.
Centered around a courtyard filled with vegetation, Le Petit Siam is a French B&B with a difference. Its owner Isabelle, an architect who spent time in Thailand, has decorated the entire premises in an Asian-inspired style. Authentic ornaments, teak furnishings, antique wall hangings, and Buddha statuettes are found throughout. Each of the five rooms, personally curated by Isabelle, are named after cities in Thailand: Bangkok, Nongkai, Sukhothai, Pimaï, and Ayuthaya. Close to the center of Clermont-Ferrand, Le Petit Siam offers a place of serenity within the city.
Address & telephone number: 23 Rue des Vieillards, Clermont-Ferrand, France, +33 6 76 24 59 02
This former 19th-century winery has retained its rustic charm despite being refurbished, incorporating the original wooden beams and exposed brick of the property with the contemporary décor of the four rooms here. Clos Beaumont has been built out of Volvic lava stone, a distinctive material present in many of Clermont-Ferrand’s buildings. Descend the spiral staircase from your room and you’ll emerge into the B&B’s walled garden, which provides respite from the city without and features a wooden deck, sun loungers, and a Jacuzzi.
Address & telephone number: 15 Rue René Brut, Clermont-Ferrand, France, +33 4 73 26 32 52