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About Selestat

Perched on the banks of the tranquil River Ill, 40 minutes south of Strasbourg, Sélestat has its roots in the 8th Century. Having grown prosperous through the Alsace wine trade, the town has preserved much of its charm, and makes for a lovely holiday destination with an intirguing fusion of French and German elements. Whether you’re curious about Alsatian architecture, here to savour the region’s food and wine or more focused on outdoorsy activities, our list of the best places to stay in Sélestat offers a lovely selection of hotels and guesthouses in the area for couples, friends or families.

Once a religious and cultural centre, Sélestat has an unusually diverse architectural heritage for its small size. Admire 35 listed buildings and many more cultural monuments whilst you're in town. The medieval churches of St. Faith’s, which is Romanesque in style, and Gothic St. Georges’ are fascinating, as is the Humanist Library, which houses one of the oldest collections of medieval manuscripts and Renaissance books in Europe. Marvel at the picturesque Quai des Tanneurs, pop into lively eateries and cafés, or step into the future at the FRAC d’Alsace, a contemporary art museum.

Nature lovers will adore discovering the Illwald Forest, home to a huge array of birds and wildlife — including the biggest fallow deer population in France. Hiking and cycling options are seemingly endless, and relaxing boat trips or kayaking excursions come highly recommended. Following the Alsace Wine Route is a must; many of the best places to stay in Sélestat can arrange tours and tastings on your behalf.

The Best Places to Stay in Sélestat

For Riverside Charm

  • Les Pres d’Ondine is a charming guesthouse on the Ill River. Rooms are cosy and comfortable, with wooden beams and big, sink-into beds. Dine on the veranda, take long walks or cycle rides, enjoy birdwatching and try kayaking in blissful surroundings. Very tranquil, affordable and low-key.

For a Classic Country Escape

  • Auberge de L'Illwald is a wine country classic, with contemporary rooms and suites tucked within historic buildings on the edge of the forest. Highlights include an outdoor pool, sauna, gym, intimate restaurant and leafy gardens. Very idyllic, for couples, friends or families.
  • Cour du Bailli offers an inviting wine route base, with quaint, traditional interiors set around a gorgeous courtyard restaurant. The spa and indoor pool are perfect for unwinding after active days of adventure. Children are welcome.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Fly to Strasbourg Airport, 40 minutes from Sélestat by car or bus.
  • Alsace is wonderful for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Travel between May and September for warmer weather, with temperatures peaking around 21°C. Spring or autumn visitors can expect cooler temperatures and fewer crowds — although the harvest season is inevitably busy.



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Best Hotels in Selestat

  • Les Pres d'Ondine Selestat (Alsace) 12 rooms from £86

    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 £95

    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 £130

    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
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    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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