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About Mâcon

Nestling on the banks of the Saone River in the south of Burgundy, Mâcon is a picturesque city with a charming medieval Old Town boasting a wealth of historic sites. What's more it produces some of the best wine in the region. So whether you want to be based in the centre of town, or slightly outside (for ease of further exploring) our pick of the best places to stay in Mâcon will have something for you.

As soon as you see the 11th century bridge that spans the Saone River you realise how incredibly old Macon really is. Perched along an important trading route, it has been a settlement for some 2000 years and the Gallo-Roman heritage, from pottery shards to weapons, can be seen in the Museum of the Ursulines.

The Old Town is a charming maze of cobbled streets lined with medieval houses: the Maison de Bois, the oldest building in the city, was built in the 15th century and is covered in fascinating wooden carvings of grinning monkeys and women wearing bonnets. At the heart of the Old Town stands the Old Cathedral of St. Vincent. Built between the 11th and 14th centuries, and inspired by Byzantine architectural styles, it has an imposing entrance and large octagonal towers that scrape the sky.

Take some time to walk along the Quai Lamartine, named after one of Macon's most famous sons - the 19th century poet Lamartine - and drink in the pastel-coloured facades of the townhouses and their canal tile roofs.

Be sure to check out the town's countless museums too. The Museum of the Ursulines, set within a 17th century convent, details the history of the region, from the Gallo-Roman period through to the present day, and has a great wealth of ancient artefacts and paintings, from 16th century Flemish paintings to post-Cubist French works. The Apothecary is also a must-see: originally an apothecary, it contains original 18th century furniture and all sorts of pills and potions.

As you head out-of-town you encounter more beauty and charm. A landscape of lush green pastures and rolling vineyards that stretch off into the horizon.. Consider a jaunt along the Route des Vins Maconnais, the wine route, or maybe head towards Solutre-Pouilly, a renowned wine village sitting in the shadow of a vast limestone cliff.

If your taste for history hasn't already been sated by Mâcon itself, visit Berze-le-Chatel, a 13th century castle perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking a valley, widely considered to be the most impressive fortress in the southern Burgundy; nearby is the Chapelle des Moines, another must-see, a 12th century church featuring some beautiful Byzatine-inspired frescoes.

What Not to miss

  • Kayak or paddleboard along the Saone River.
  • Walk through the Old Town and admire the Maison de Bois, the oldest building in town.
  • Immerse yourself in local history at the Museum of the Ursulines, a former convent that houses everything from Gallo-Roman artefacts to Renaissance paintings.
  • Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by finding solace in the Old Cathedral of St. Vincent, built between the 11th and 14th centuries.
  • Walk, drive or cycle along the Route des Vins Maconnais!

Macon is a city steeped in history and brimming with culture, and as you can imagine a popular year round destination. So if you want to be sure of a room in one of the best places to stay in Macon, plan well ahead.

The best places to stay in Mâcon

The Best Places to Stay in Mâcon for a Rural retreat

  • Auberge du Paradis: a charming country house surrounded by vineyards and fields, offering chic-contemporary rooms. Guests can relax by the swimming pool or at a wine-tasting. Ideal for couples looking for a romantic getaway.
  • Vers La Croix: seamlessly blending contemporary and rustic styles, this lovely country house offers rooms with exposed wooden beams, minimalist furniture and free-standing baths. Plus there's a pool for lazy days.
  • La Ruelle au Verjus is a beautifully converted early 18th century farmhouse with just two rooms with exposed stone walls, private terrace or balcony and luxury en suites. Ideally located for exploring Macon, Cluny and surrounding vineyards.
  • La Ferme de Marie-Eugenie is a timber-framed farmhouse built in the 18th century and carefully converted into a four room hotel. There’s a beautiful garden and a charming terrace, plus interiors bursting with period features amongst contemporary comfort. The served a large breakfast and classic local dishes, and there’s a welcoming lounge. Rooms start from around £100 per night.

The Best Chateau Hotels in Mâcon

  • Chateau de Pierreclos: an imposing and beautiful chateau and a working vineyard, offering rooms that marry modern and rustic styles: think exposed wooden beams, minimalist furniture and luxurious bathrooms. Explore the vast estate or sample their wines. Real understated luxury.

The Best Value Places to Stay in Mâcon

  • La Courtille de Solutre: a small guesthouse and restaurant on the outskirts of town, in the pretty little village of Solutre-Pouilly, offering bright contemporary unfussy rooms, plus a restaurant with an incredible wine list that serves regional classics.

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Travel information

  • Lyon is the closest airport to Mâcon - 91km to the south (about an hour away).
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.
  • The best time to go is during the summer, when the temperature flits between 14 and 27 degrees, with average highs of around 21 degrees celsius.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Mâcon for you?

Best Hotels in Mâcon

  • La Courtille de Solutre 6 rooms from £79

    Mâcon (Solutré)

    A small guesthouse and restaurant set in the pretty village of Solutré-Pouilly. Simply dressed rooms feature soft hues, crisp white linen and contemporary fixtures and fittings. The atmospheric restaurant serves regional classics alongside a choice selection of wines.

    Local exploring  -  A charming guesthouse and restaurant ideally located to explore the vineyards and sights of the region.
    Foodies  -  Sample local produce (including foie gras) and wines in the hotel's restaurant.
    Sights nearby  -  Located just a short distance from the geographically famed Rock of Solutré.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy long walks through the beautiful local countryside.
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  • Vers La Croix 4 rooms from £110

    Mâcon

    A charming country house set in a picturesque part of rural Burgundy. Rooms mix contemporary and traditional styles with exposed beams, crisp white linen, simple modern furniture and soft hues. The best bathrooms have free standing tubs. There's a pretty garden and swimming pool too.

    Local exploring  -  Set in the heart of Southern Burgundy with easy access to many of its main attractions.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat cruise on the Saone from Pont-de-Vaux.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the majestic Cluny Abbey founded in 910.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • Auberge du Paradis 9 rooms from £127

    Mâcon

    A lovely country house hotel surrounded by vineyards and flower fields. Contemporary chic interiors include creamy rooms and an innovative restaurant that uses lots of spice with traditional ingredients. Swimming pool, wine tasting, and lots of neighbouring towns to explore.

    Foodies  -  Vineyards to explore and an innovative restaurant that uses a lot of spices.
    Sights nearby  -  Not far from Tournus.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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  • La Ruelle au Verjus 2 rooms from £122

    Mâcon (9 RUE DU MONT-RICHARD)

    A charming 18th century farmhouse set in a pretty part of rural Burgundy. Rooms mix contemporary and traditional styles with soft hues, sink into beds, exposed stone walls and luxurious bathrooms. A heated outdoor pool and warm welcome make this a delightful stay.

    Country Escape  -  A picturesque and tranquil country house, ideal for rural French breaks.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks, starting from the property, through the pretty countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the rare geological phenomenon of the region, the Rock of Solutré.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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  • Château de Pierreclos 5 rooms from £153

    Mâcon

    A striking château and working vineyard set in beautifully manicured gardens. Five immaculately styled rooms mix traditional and contemporary design, think: soft hues, exposed beams, minimalist furniture and seriously luxurious bathrooms. Sample the estate's wines and explore the glorious landscape.

    Country Escape  -  An elegant chateau set within picturesque Burgundy countryside.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy long walks through the beautiful surrounding countryside.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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