If you’re headed to Alsace to tour the historic wine route, there’s no better place to stay than Colmar, the capital of Alsatian wine.
Lying 64 KM southwest of Strasbourg, Colmar is a beautiful, well-preserved town home to many architectural landmarks and museums that allow holiday-goers a glimpse of the traditional Alsatian life. You can also almost always count on good weather – thanks to the Vosges mountains, Colmar enjoys a sunny microclimate and is one of the driest cities of France.
We stayed in Colmar for half of our stay in Alsace, instead of staying in Strasbourg for the whole trip. While Strasbourg is an amazing city (and not to be missed!), it’s a good 1-2 hours’ drive away from the best of Alsace’s historic wine route and natural landscapes. Rather than spending your precious holiday time driving back and forth, I recommend to break up your stay into two bases: Strasbourg to the north and Colmar to the south.
Here are the best places to stay in Colmar.
Where to stay in Colmar – best hotels and holiday homes
Here are my quick recommendations to help you choose your perfect base in Colmar.
- If you want to explore Colmar’s cultural and historical highlights easily, stay in one of these gorgeous boutique and luxury hotels in the historic center. These hotels are right in the middle of the picturesque old town, so Colmar’s charming streets, best restaurants, and must-see sights will be right outside your doorstep.
- If you’re planning a road trip around Alsace with your family or friends, stay in one of these cozy villas and apartments. You’ll still be within a comfortable walking distance of Colmar’s must-see sights, with the perfect mix of home and hotel amenities. Plus, you can quickly head out for road trips around the gorgeous wine region.
- If you’d rather spend your euros on food and wine, stay in one of Colmar’s budget hotels. Don’t worry – in Colmar, “budget” doesn’t mean dingy and gray hotels and cramped rooms. If you can do with B&Bs with no-frills but all the comfort and convenience you need, you’ll get to have a lovely and enjoyable stay at reasonable prices.
Map – essential landmarks and best hotels in Colmar
Use this Google Map to plan your trip. I added all the important landmarks, best sights, and the best places to stay in Colmar.
If you want to explore Colmar’s cultural and historical highlights easily, stay in one of these gorgeous boutique and luxury hotels in the historic center.
A holiday in France is all about treating yourself to the finer things in life – beautiful views, amazing food, and a luxurious stay in a gorgeous and historic city center.
One of the prettiest spots in Colmar is the Little Venice district, with its narrow and winding canals, flower-decked half-timbered houses, and historic shops and restaurants. You can easily spend a day winding in and out of the alleys, with frequent stops for coffee and wine. If you’re planning to spend much of your holiday soaking in the fairytale village vibe, stay in one of these beautiful boutique and luxury hotels in Colmar’s pretty and historic center.
Best luxury hotels in Colmar’s historic city center
★Top Pick: Le Colombier is a beautiful and stylish luxury hotel in the heart of Colmar’s Little Venice. It’s the perfect base for a short and sweet stay in Colmar – all of the city’s main historical and cultural sites, as well as the best restaurants and shops, are within walking distance. They have comfortable rooms, a bar and a garden, and upscale amenities for a relaxing stay. Double rooms start at EUR 120.
James Boutique Hotel and Hotel Le Marechal are fabulous alternatives. All these hotels are in the historic center with top-notch rooms and amenities, private parking spaces, and on-site bars to relax in after an exciting day of adventures.
If you’re planning a road trip around Alsace with your family or friends, stay in one of these cozy villas and apartments.
Even when you’re on holiday in a beautiful destination, there’s nothing quite like the comforts of home. And if you’re traveling with a big group, a hotel room can feel pretty cramped and crowded. These cozy villas and apartments are great options for you – you’ll get to enjoy spacious rooms, extensive amenities, private parking spaces, and the comforts of home with convenient hotel-like amenities.
These are also great options for couples, especially if you’re planning a trip filled with hikes and drives around the countryside. These apartments are just outside the historic city center, so they’re both convenient for exploring Colmar’s cultural center and driving out to the countryside.
Best villas and holiday apartments in Colmar
★Top Pick: Suites Residences Spa checks all our boxes for a delightful and cozy holiday stay. They have spacious apartments with fully equipped kitchens, spa and a patio, breakfast options and a bar, bikes you can freely use to explore the city, private parking space, and all these set in a lovely location near the city center. You can easily drive out to the countryside for an exciting road trip – then come home to a comfortable and upscale holiday home in beautiful Colmar. Apartments for four start at EUR 90.
Check out also Villa Elyane and L’ambassadeur. They have cozy and equipped apartments, private parking spaces, and excellent locations just outside the historic center – the perfect base for a road trip holiday.
Don’t worry – in Colmar, “budget” doesn’t mean dingy and gray walls and cramped hostels.
If you’d rather be out and about discovering Alsace’s beautiful towns and breathtaking natural landscapes, as well as feasting on hearty plates and bowls of the scrumptious regional cuisine, then you wouldn’t mind not having a spa or a rooftop bar to chill in, right? These budget hotels in Colmar are surprisingly cozy and comfortable, with stylish and modern rooms, ample amenities, and even free parking spaces – all at reasonable prices.
The only catch? These hotels are a few minutes’ drive away from the city center, so these options are best if you’re in Alsace for a road trip or don’t mind a scenic walk to town.
Best budget hotels in Colmar
★Top Pick: B&B Hotel Colmar Expo is a bright and modern hotel with clean and comfy rooms, friendly staff, and a stellar location for road tripping around Alsace. With free parking, daily breakfast buffets, and most things you’ll need for a short trip, this no-frills B&B is an excellent base for your Alsace road trip. Double rooms start at EUR 65.
Check out these other budget hotels in Colmar – Les Maraichers and Colmar Hotel. All are within a few kilometers outside the historic city center and ideal if you’re planning to drive around the countryside. These hotels all have well-equipped, cozy, and modern rooms with free parking space, sufficient amenities, and great value.
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Ready to plan your trip? Here’s an amazing road trip itinerary in Alsace. It’s the perfect guide to enjoy the most of this lush wine region, with visits to picturesque towns, gorgeous natural landscapes, and top recommended sights. If you’re not driving, join this day tour and explore Alsace’s scenic vineyards and pretty medieval villages.
Plan to spend at least five days in Alsace. Stay in Strasbourg while exploring the northern parts of the region, then stay in Colmar to explore the southern parts. Make sure to try a bottle or two of the region’s wines, or better yet, go on an Alsatian wine tour!
If you need custom recommendations or extra help planning your trip, send me a message, and I’ll be happy to help you out. Thanks for reading and happy travels to France!
First published – 22 October 2017
Last updated – 9 June 2020 – updated information on recommended hotels, fixed format, added tips and information for easier travel-planning