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About Selestat

Selestat lies on the river Ill in Alsace, north east France, just 11 miles from the German border. The best places to stay in Selestat are an ideal base for discovering this lovely area, from its vineyards to its medieval towns and villages.

The town was established around the eighth century and prospered through the wine trade - it's on the renowned Alsace ‘wine road’. It also became a religious and cultural centre, and although quite small in scale it is architecturally one of the most interesting and diverse towns in Alsace. There are 35 listed buildings and many more monuments of ‘cultural heritage’ interest.

The most obvious landmarks are its two medieval churches; the Romanesque St. Faith’s and the Gothic St. Georges’. Then there's the fascinating Humanist Library, with one of the oldest collections of medieval manuscripts and renaissance books in Europe, and the FRAC d’Alsace - a museum of contemporary art.

Strolling around the streets, you can enjoy the picturesque Quai des Tanneurs and its historic buildings or the ‘hotels particulers’ with their Oriel windows.

For those who like exploring on two feet or wheels, the Illwald forest is the largest riparian forest in France and is home to a large variety of wildlife - notably the biggest fallow deer population in the country.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Selestat are great choices for exploring the area and range from a riverside guesthouse to a Cistercian abbey turned historic hotel in the centre of town.

For A Guest House on the River

  • Les Pres d’Ondine is a charming guest house which sits on the river Ill. The rooms are comfortable and homely, and there's dining on the veranda. A great spot for enjoying nature, walking or chilling in the country.

For an Historic Abbey Experience

  • Hostellerie Abbaye de la Pommeraie is a former Cistercian Abbey near the centre of Selestat. The rooms are elegant and stylish and it boasts a gourmet restaurant. It's a great base for discovering the delights of the town or touring the many local vineyards.

For a country Auberge

  • The Auberge de L'Illwald offers a country stay on the edge of the forest. As well as contemporary rooms, you'll find an outdoor pool and restaurant serving local specialities.

For great value

  • Just south of Selestat, ideally placed for a stop-over if you're exploring the Route des Vins, the Cour du Bailli is a quaint village property with simple but stylish accommodation, indoor pool and restaurant. And rooms start from as little as €79 per night.

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Best Hotels in Selestat

  • Les Pres d'Ondine Selestat (Alsace) 12 rooms from £65

    Birdwatching  -  The Volerie des Aigles - birdwatching at Kintzheim Castle
    Back to Nature  -  A true country abode - complete with horse and cart.
    Kayaking  -  Canoeing on the L'Ill
    Sights nearby  -  The Alsace Ecomuseum
    GardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    Les Pres d'Ondine is a charming guest house located on the quaint L'Ill river. Bedrooms are traditional in style with a homely feel. Enjoy meals on the shady veranda. There is a small spa with sauna and hot tub - facials and other treatments on offer. Fun, low key, local exploring. See More

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  • La Cour du Bailli Selestat (Alsace) 38 rooms from £69

    Spa  -  With three treatment rooms, indoor pool, sauna and hot tub
    Local markets  -  explore the local market
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Colmar Old Town
    Full of character
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    La Cour du Bailli is a quaint hotel with spa, indoor pool and courtyard restaurant in the heart of Alsace wine country. Bedrooms and suites are decorated in an authentic period Alsatian style. Atmospheric restaurant, plus spa with indoor pool and hot tub. A charming country hideaway. See More

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  • Auberge de I'illwald Selestat 16 rooms from £78

    Country Escape  -  Enjoy outdoor pool, deer-filled forest, eagles flying overhead and fireplaces on your return to hotel
    Sights nearby  -  The cities of Strasbourg and Colmar
    Great walks  -  In Illwad forest
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenParking

    Quiet hotel within woods. Contemporary rooms have wooden walls, modern artworks, modern furniture and bathrooms. Outdoor pool, sauna, gym and gardens. Intimate restaurant and bar which is simple and excellent. A great stop off on a wine route, peaceful and lovely. See More

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  • Hostellerie Abbaye de la Pommeraie Selestat 14 rooms from £143

    Local exploring  -  A great location in the heart of Alsace wine country make this an ideal base for exploring the area.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit 'Little Venice' in nearby Colmar
    Great walks  -  Fantastic walking routes nearby
    Local markets  -  Explore the local daily market
    Air conditioningRestaurantGardenPet friendly
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    A former Cistercian Abbey, this charming historic hotel has fourteen elegantly decorated bedrooms and a gourmet restaurant. Just a short drive from many Alsace vineyards, and next to the stunning town of Sélestat, there is plenty of exploring to do nearby. A quiet country spot. See More

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