Where to stay in Strasbourg Old Town – a complete guide for the best area and places to stay in Strasbourg (including recommended hotels and apartments).
Strasbourg is a charming city on the French-German border. And it’s the official seat of the European Parliament. Being a part of Germany at one time and of France at another, Strasbourg is a place where French and German cultures collide. This results in picturesque houses, stunning Gothic architecture and mouth-watering food. Not to mention the eleven fairy-tale Strasbourg Christmas markets located in the Historic Centre.
The main reason for my trip to this picturesque city was the Christmas markets. Thus I chose an accommodation right in the Historic Centre. There are eleven markets, so I wanted to be as close to them as possible. In addition, I was near to the Central train station, too. This was very convenient as I was arriving by a train from Baden-Baden, Germany.
It has a strategic location – super close to all Christmas markets. Besides, La Petite France is just around the corner.
The best area to stay in Strasbourg
The best area to stay in Strasbourg is the Historic City Centre or the so-called Grande Île (Grand Island). All must-see landmarks, nice restaurants and Christmas markets are located here.
If you stay right in the centre, you won’t have to walk more than 500m to the furthest attraction. Also if you’re looking for nice restaurants and shopping stores, this is the area where you’ll find them.
Where to stay in Strasbourg Old Town (City Centre)
Hotels in Strasbourg Old Town (Best for families)
The hotel is only 200m away from La Petite France and 500m from the Central train station. This 4-star luxury hotel will charm you with its ethnic chic atmosphere and live jazz music at the lounge. The bathrooms are equipped with amenities from Fragonard. In addition, a bag storage area is available for more comfort. There is a good bakery across the street and the Christmas markets are all around the area.
The hotel occupies a renovated Bourgeois-style Mansion from the 16th century opposite La Petite France. Spacious, tastefully decorated rooms with elegant details add to your comfort. It’s a great place to stay for families or a romantic getaway.
Hotels in Strasbourg Old Town (Best for couples)
Located right opposite the Cathedral of Strasbourg, Hôtel Gutenberg is the best place to stay for sightseeing. The hotel features spacious rooms in urban chic design combined with elegance. The bathroom’s amenities are from Nuxe. Hôtel Gutenberg is also great for business travellers.
If you search for an authentic, but at the same time luxury experience, this hotel is the best choice. It offers awesome views of the river and half-timbered houses thanks to its location at the heart of La Petite France. Moreover, the hotel itself is housed in an old Alsatian house with a refined contemporary decor. The breakfast features tasty organic local products.
Apartments in Strasbourg Old Town
These lovely apartments, opposite the cathedral, feature stunning views of the city. The apartments are equipped with a flat-screen TV, DVD player and a kitchen. This accommodation has everything you need – comfort, location and a view.
Les Appartements de la Pléiade are less than 300m away from the Cathedral. The kitchen is fully equipped including an oven, a microwave and a toaster. A coffee machine, a kettle and a hairdryer are available, too. It’s a great base to explore the city on foot.
Where to stay in Strasbourg for Christmas markets
All Christmas markets are located within the Historic Centre. Thus if you want to be close to them, pick a hotel in the Grande Île. Moreover, during the market season, the old town is closed for vehicle traffic.
During my trip, there were security checks on each entrance to the Historic Centre. I was glad that my accommodation was in the Grande Île. It would be very uncomfortable passing through the security few times a day.
Hôtel Hannong has the most strategic location for the markets. It’s next to Place Kléber, where the big Christmas tree and shopping stores are. Also, the hotel is close to La Petite France and the Central train station. If you search for an ideal location for the Christmas season, this is the place.
Hotel Rohan is at the heart of the medieval quarter of Strasbourg, just a few steps away from the Cathedral. Moreover, four of the markets are less than 100m away. And the rest of them are less than 400m away. The hotel is a perfect base to explore the city in December.
Strasbourg hotels near the train station
For a more classical experience, Best Western Plus Monopole Métropole is your place. This 4-star hotel is close to the Central train station, only 200m away. It features rooms in traditional Alsatian style and contemporary rooms decorated with original paintings. Also, breakfast is much cheaper than the standard price for breakfast in the city.
If you’re looking for a hotel right next to the Central Railway Station, this is the ideal choice. Only 100m away from the station, this modern urban hotel captures the eye with a unique decor. Every room is unique, designed by a different artist. A restaurant and a gift shop are available at the property.
Strasbourg hotels with parking
If you search for a hotel with parking, book a place near the Grande Île (the Historic Centre), not in it. It’s easier to access the property, plus most of the hotels in the Historic Centre don’t have their own parking. Moreover, during the Christmas markets, the Grande Île is closed for vehicles.
The hotel occupies an outstanding building from the 18th century next to La Petite France. The decoration of the rooms is inspired by the history of the site (the place used to be a stud farm). The breakfast features local market and organic products and it runs till 12:00 PM on Sundays. Also, gluten-free options are available.
There is private parking at the property (19 EUR per day).
Hotel D is situated a few steps away from the historic downtown. This boutique hotel blends traditional with modern design. An iPod dock, a safe, a Nespresso coffee and tea machine are available in the rooms. Private parking is available for 20 EUR per day.