Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hôtel Cathédrale - Strasbourg

I love staying on historic location, and spending nights at Hôtel Cathédrale in Strasbourg is certainly a step back in time. The house is said to be from the renaissance, and facing the massive facade of Strasbourg cathedral you are walking hundreds of years back in time. I enjoyed three nights in an extraordinary room at this hotel.

Location: BBBBB

The guests at Hôtel Cathédrale enjoy a prime location. The old house face the mighty facade of the Strasbourg Cathedral, with its impressive solitary stone tower. It is easy to get there, a 10-15 walk through narrow streets is all it takes to get you from the railway station to the hotel.

Service: BBBBB

A brilliant staff speaking both French, German, and English secures a smooth check-in, and they are always prepared to offer excellent service in guiding tourists to sights and restaurants in this beautiful historic city.

Room: BBBB+

I enjoyed three night in a large and extraordinary room. My room was located in one of the wings, and it was a journey through corridors, outdoor walkways and stairs to get there. If you have problems moving around, these rooms are definitely not for you.

As I entered, I was highly surprised, as I found stairs leading from the downstairs room, up to an alcove with a tiny 16th century window. The room (or rooms) were generously sized - one reception room, a medium sized bathroom, and the small, surprising alcove.

The decor looked a little outdated, beige hessian wallpaper, classic dark-wooden furniture. Light brown tiled bathrooms. There were some wear and tear, e.g. the wallpaper had worn off on certain sections of the walls, and there were small marks on furniture.

Feature of room:
  • Minibar
  • Safety-deposit box
  • Wi-fi (not in order when I tried)
  • Hair drier
Breakfast: N/A

Not included in price of the room.

Facilities: BBB+

Entertainment: In-house bar and good restaurant in back yard.

Exercise: None

Well being: Airconditioning, WI-FI access (not in order), extra PC for guests, and rest area.

General maintenance: Good

Other remarks: Old and charming building, but definitely not suited for elderly or disabled, as there were stairs and many levels, and lift was operated from 1st floor.

Price: BBBB

At a price just under €90 a night, Hôtel Cathédrale offers good value for money. If breakfast had been included, it would certainly been a bargain.

Rating the Hôtel Cathédrale experience: BBBB+ (4,34 points)

Hôtel Cathédrale is good choice when staying in Strasbourg. It has character, charm, and an unbeatable location. A little low on indoor facilities, some needs of maintenance and certainly not suited for elderly or disabled.

Hôtel Cathédrale
13, Place de la Cathédrale
F-67000 Strasbourg
+33 8 20 13 10 20
Website: www.hotel-cathedrale.fr

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