Ready to dive into a fairytale adventure, treat your taste buds, and explore picture-perfect towns?
Pack your bags – we’re heading to Strasbourg!
Strasbourg is the ultimate destination for a laid-back city break that checks all the boxes. Picture yourself strolling through quaint streets, feasting at Michelin-starred restaurants, sipping coffee at cozy cafés, and shopping ’til you drop. And if you visit in December, you’re in for a real treat – the magical and historic Christmas market that turns the city into a winter wonderland.
But the adventure doesn’t stop there. Strasbourg is also your gateway to the captivating region of Alsace, one of France’s top wine-growing areas. Imagine hiking or biking through lush forests and vineyards, following the wine trail to discover charming towns, or simply indulging in the region’s fine wines and hearty cuisine. Sounds like a dream, right?
Excited to start planning your trip? Let’s explore the best places to stay in Strasbourg!
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Where to stay in Strasbourg – a handy guide to the best neighborhoods and hotels
Here are quick recommendations to help you choose where to stay in Strasbourg. Click on the option that best fits your style to get my top accommodation recommendations.
- For short stays and easy access, pick a spot near Gare Centrale. Perfect for a night or two, this area offers convenience with its proximity to the main train station and walkable distance to top attractions. If you plan to drive or take the train to explore Alsace’s charming towns, this location is ideal for a quick trip.
Map – essential landmarks and best hotels in Strasbourg
Use this Google map to plan your trip. I added all the important landmarks, best sights, and the best places to stay in Strasbourg.
If you want to explore Strasbourg’s cultural and historical highlights easily, stay near Petite France
Petite France is the epitome of a storybook setting in Strasbourg. Traditional Alsatian half-timbered houses line the riverbanks, their vibrant facades and blossoming window boxes mirrored in the water.
Once a bustling workplace for fishermen, millers, and tanners, this historic district now serves as a lively hub for tourists and locals alike, all seeking to soak in its old-world charm.
Spend a day or two meandering through the cobblestone alleys and crossing flower-adorned bridges. Don’t forget to savor Alsatian cuisine at one of the many riverside restaurants. Afterward, venture out to explore the rest of the Grand Île, Strasbourg’s historic city center.
Petite France, Strasbourg’s lively historical center, looks straight out of a storybook. Spend a day or two to explore the pretty cobbled alleys and take strolls along the riverbanks.
Best hotels in Petite France
★Top Pick: Hotel and Spa Le Bouclier d’Or, nestled in the enchanting Petite France district, offers an idyllic retreat for your Strasbourg getaway. Indulge in luxurious rooms with stunning views, antique furnishings, and modern amenities. Unwind at the wine bar, pamper yourself at the wellness center, and savor a delightful buffet breakfast. It’s the ultimate haven for a truly romantic and indulgent city break.
Cour du Corbeau is a luxurious 4-star hotel that’s also worth checking out, especially if you’re coming to Strasbourg on a romantic holiday. It’s a charming choice set in a beautifully restored 16th-century building, promising an enchanting escape in the heart of Strasbourg. Here, you can experience opulent rooms adorned with Louis XV-inspired furniture, modern comforts, and captivating views.
As Strasbourg’s largest city center square, Place Kléber is a shopper’s paradise, boasting renowned shopping galleries like L’Aubette and Galeries Lafayette. By staying at a nearby hotel, you’ll be perfectly positioned for retail therapy, while also within walking distance of historic sights and the city’s finest restaurants and cafés.
Visiting in December? Place Kléber is the ideal location to fully embrace Strasbourg’s magical Christmas market, held at nearby Place Broglie. Be sure to book your hotel early to secure the perfect spot for your festive adventure!
Best hotels near Place Kleber
★Top Pick: Le Moon is a stylish apartment hotel nestled on the picturesque banks of the Ill river, offers an exceptional stay for couples and groups seeking a shopping, dining, and sightseeing adventure in Strasbourg. Just a 5-minute walk from the Rhine Palace and a short stroll to the main shopping districts and Strasbourg Christmas market, this 19th-century building exudes contemporary décor and luxurious amenities.
BOMA Hotel is also a chic and inviting choice in Strasbourg, located right along the commercial center, making it an excellent base for your shopping sprees. Indulge in the on-site bistrot and admire the bold and stylish interior design.
For families and bigger groups who want an indulgent home-away-from-home experience, the Life Renaissance studios and apartments will have you feeling right at home.
If you want a breath of fresh air away from the tourist crowds, stay in Strasbourg’s quiet European quarter. You’ll be near the gorgeous Parc de l’Orangerie, and the city center is only 30-45 minutes on foot or a short bus or tram ride away.
This is also a great base if you plan to drive around Alsace. You’ll find less hectic traffic here, as well as more parking spaces. The accommodations I recommend here all have parking spaces for a hassle-free stay.
Best hotels in the European Quarter
★Top Pick: La Residence de l’Orangerie is a lovely guesthouse right beside the Parc de l’Orangerie that will make you feel right at home in Strasbourg. It’s the perfect place for couples looking to relax and recharge, and it’s equipped with a kitchenette and has a free parking space on site.
You can also check out La Residence des deux Studios. It’s another guesthouse in a quiet area where you’ll have everything you need for a great stay.
The Gare Centrale is Strasbourg’s main train station, and the surrounding area is a perfect place to stay if you’re in the city for a few days. You’ll be within walking distance of most of the city’s sights, as well as rental car companies and transportation facilities.
Best hotels near the Gare Centrale
★Top Pick: Hotel Graffalgar is a bright and modern hotel where you’ll get a glimpse of the local art scene. Its rooms and common areas are decorated by local artists, designed to give you a fun and comfortable stay.
Also check out Mercure Strasbourg Centre, a bright and modern hotel perfect for chic travelers. It’s near the train station (so you can go in and out of the city in no time), but also within walking distance of Strasbourg’s charming historical center.
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Ready to plan your trip? Here’s my travel guide to Strasbourg.
How many days do you need to explore Strasbourg, France? To fully experience Strasbourg’s charm, set aside 2-3 days before venturing out to discover the rest of Alsace. Immerse yourself in picturesque towns, wander through vineyards and hiking trails, and embark on one of Europe’s most scenic road trips.
What is the best area to stay in Strasbourg? For a truly magical experience, we highly recommend Petite France. This enchanting area places you within walking distance of top attractions and delightful restaurants, all while offering breathtaking views to wake up to.
Is Strasbourg, France walkable? Absolutely! Strasbourg is perfect for exploring on foot and by bike, especially when uncovering hidden gems beyond the historic center. The city also boasts excellent public transportation, making it a convenient destination for travelers.
Where should you stay to explore the rest of Alsace? If you’re exploring Alsace for 5 days or more, I’d recommend having two bases for your trip. Spend a couple of days in Strasbourg to explore the northern parts of Alsace, then stay in Colmar to explore the southern parts. Here’s where to stay in Colmar, and here’s how to plan a road trip in Alsace.
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I hope this quick and easy guide helps you choose where to stay in Strasbourg! You’re in for a fun city break filled with picturesque strolls, delicious food, and an upscale shopping experience.
If you need more help planning your trip to Strasbourg and Alsace, send me a message, and I’ll do my best to help you out.
Thanks for reading and happy travels to France!
First published – 5 October 2017
Last updated – 4 June 2023 – updated travel-planning information