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The Alsace region, and Strasbourg particularly, borrows the best bits from its close neighbours the Germans, while still feeling very French. Here you'll find warming Christmas markets, cosy winstubs (pubs) and Bavarian style timbered houses, but also a grand Gothic cathedral beloved by Victor Hugo, a quintessentially French canal and a medieval hospital with a wine cellar to rival a palace. The city is compact and most of the best places to stay in Strasbourg are close to all the major attractions.
Strasbourg's Grande Île, the old town centre, is packed with so much unique Alsacien charm that was the first city centre to be Heritage Listed by UNESCO - in its entirety. This is where you'll find the grand Cathedral, with its 142 metre tower, the highest cathedral tower in France. Inside is the Astrometric Clock, a 300 year old working marvel. The Grande Île is also where you'll find the Palais des Rohan, a beautiful palace now home to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Archaeological Museum, the Baroque Opera House and the Alsacien Museum. And it's squares and narrow streets are pleasingly lined with cafes, bars and restaurants.
Just south of Grande Île, between the two rivers, is Petit France, and this is another particularly photogenic part of town, packed with half-timbered gems following narrow streets. These treasures are partly why Strasbourg appeals to so many travellers, so if you visit in summer, or during any of the festivals - and Strasbourg hosts a lot of festivals, be prepared for the day tripping crowds. Strasbourg is at its most beautiful in the morning and of a lantern-lit-evening though, so you'll be pleased if you do stay for more than just a day.
Of course modern Strasbourg is probably most famous for the role it plays within the EU, as the shared seat of the European Parliament, and home of the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe. This might make it sound like a dry destination for visitors, but it's meant this city has received generous investment. And this, plus the number of universities and students Strasbourg fits, actually makes it feel younger, more lively and relevant. Rather than just being a pretty blend of the best of French and German tastes and flavours!
The Best Places to Stay in Strasbourg for a City Break
- The Regent Petite France actually sits on top of the river, which flows underneath it. As well as creating excellent, and unique views, this is also great for their state of the art spa.
The Best Places to Stay in Strasbourg for Design Chic
- The Cour du Corbeau occupies a beautiful Louis XV building, but it's just a facade, the interiors are contemporary, yet classic, and all about unfussy comfort. They're also known for their tea salon.
The Best Places to Stay in Strasbourg for Foodies
- Foodies might prefer Michelin recommended Chut Hotel Restaurant, which also has rooms and a lovely sitting room and stone courtyard. Great for a gourmet stop-over.
The Best Places to Stay in Strasbourg for Great Value
- Book a room at the Regent Contades for excellent value. They have four star facilities yet rooms from only €99 per night.
Best Hotels in Strasbourg
Hotel Hannong 72 rooms from $89Strasbourg
Contemporary hotel in historic city centre. Gorgeous rooms have hardwood floors, muted colour palettes and big bathrooms. Rooftop terrace and bar to enjoy an evening drink. Great breakfast and very good service. Stylish base to explore the city.City Style - Chic rooms, close to tram and train stations and the picturesque "La petite France" district to stroll through cobbled streetsSights nearby - European Parliament Building is 3km awayDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Great walks - Good for walkers.
Regent Contades 48 rooms from $103Strasbourg
An Art Nouveau townhouse with lots of character. Contemporary classic rooms and suites with all the mod cons and sophisticated furnishings. Close to the river and all the attractions. A great spot for foodies to explore the restaurants around.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Hotel D 37 rooms from $104Strasbourg
Situated in central Strasbourg, Hotel D is a perfect base to explore the city from, with the local sites only a short walk away. Spacious, modern rooms and suites decorated in neutral palettes with splashes of colour and luxury accessories. Plus fitness centre & sauna. Ideal for business or pleasureSights nearby - Go visit the National Rhine Opera, the Rhine Palace or the Catholic Church Saint Pierre le JeuneLocal markets - Only a few minutes walk away from the Christmas marketQuirky - An experience!
Chut Hotel Restaurant 8 rooms from $115Strasbourg
A Michelin recommended restaurant with charming rooms. Fantastic gourmet cuisine, lovely rooms and suites. Stone courtyard and sitting room. A great spot for a gourmet stop over.Foodies - Michelin recommeneded restaurant.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Hotel Villa d'Est 46 rooms from $148Strasbourg
A charming french property well located in the heart of Strasbourg. Individually styled rooms feature pretty fabrics, elegant furniture and floor to ceiling windows. Sample regional beverages in the cosy fire-lit bar. After a day treading the streets unwind over a massage or in the sauna. Chic.Local exploring - Located just a few minutes from the centre of Strasbourg, placing most of the attractions within walking distance.Sailing - Set out on a river boat tour and discover the discover the Vauban fortifications and historic bridges.Great walks - Amble around the pedestrianised UNESCO heritage sight city centre.Local markets - The famed Christmas market is not to be missed during December.
Hotel les Haras 55 rooms from $148Strasbourg
A glorious 18th century heritage building, in the heart of Strasbourg. The contemporary rooms are sleek and minimalist, with many still showcasing the buildings original wooden beaming. Central location and excellent conference facilities make it great for business meetings.City Style - A chic hotel that perfectly marries old and new with a excellent brasserie by chef Marc Haeberlin.Local exploring - Set in the heart of the picturesque Petit France, it's perfect for exploring Strasbourg.Sights nearby - Within the 'Petite France' and ten minutes walk from Strasbourg Cathedral.Local markets - In the winter, explore Strasbourg's famous christmas markets.
Du Cote de Chez Anne 5 rooms from $156Strasbourg
Awash with Alsatian charm, Du Cote de Chez Anne is a delightful hotel on the outskirts of Strasbourg. The cosy, boutique rooms are individually decorated and reflect the rich hunting culture of Alsace. After a day of exploring the city, sample delicious regional cuisine in the hotel's restaurant.Country Escape - A secluded and intimate romantic country retreat with a spectacular market fresh restaurant and a lovely garden.Local exploring - The perfect launchpad for exploring both Strasbourg and the surrounding Alsatian countryside.Sights nearby - Only two miles away from Strasbourg city centre, make day trips to explore Alsace's capital.Great walks - Make the most of the beautiful walking in the surrounding parkland.
Le Loft 13 5 rooms from $157Strasbourg
A luxurious B&B in the centre of Strasbourg. Set in a 8th floor loft, this guesthouse is home to five bedrooms with two shared bathrooms. The unique and eclectic rooms afford great views out over the rooftops of the city. A great launchpad for a weekend in Alsace's capital.City Style - An uber chic choice in central Strasbourg, with a leafy roofterrace, spacious suites and knockout views.Local markets - Winter visitors will love browsing Strasbourg's famous christmas markets.Sights nearby - Strasbourg Cathedral is just a ten minute walk away.Recommended by - Sawdays
Regent Petite France 72 rooms from $167Strasbourg
Fantastic hotel on the river with a state of the art spa. Rooms and suites in classic contemporary style and all the mod cons. Excellent cuisine and a large choice of champagne, extensive pampering, and wonderful riverside surroundings. For the luxury traveller.Spa breaksCity StyleRomantic Break5* Luxury - Very high service standards.
Le Bouclier d'Or 22 rooms from $181Strasbourg
This glorious hotel is situated in the historic La Petite France district of Strasbourg. Rooms are notably antique chic with beautiful individually selected furniture and its spa is perfect for a relaxing detox. Beautifully positioned to explore the rich culture of the Alsatian capital.Local exploring - An ideal location for a weekend in Strasbourg, within walking distance of the main sights of the Old Town.Total relaxation - Relax and unwind after a day exploring the city in the wine bar or spa.Sights nearby - The hotel is located in the historic 'Petite France' district of Strasbourg.Local markets - In the winter, explore the famous Alsatian christmas markets.
Cour du Corbeau 57 rooms from $282Strasbourg
A Louis XV style building with contemporary classic interiors and a charming tea salon. Beautiful light and airy bedrooms have all the mod cons and a romantic charm. A lively bar makes this a very cool spot.Lively - Hip and happening.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Tablet