capital Strasbourg, is the most easterly region of France, bordering on
Germany and Switzerland. It is one of the more prosperous regions of
France. Formerly German-speaking, this part of France is very different
from any other region, and has its own distinct culture. Strasbourg is
the second city for tourism in France, after Paris.
capital Metz, lies south of Luxembourg, and
between Alsace and Champagne. It has great cities and large rural
areas. Once one of France's major industrial areas, it today benefits
from its position bordering three other countries.
Comté, capital Besançon, lies to the
south of Lorraine,
stretching along the Swiss border between Alsace and Burgundy. It is
mostly rural, famous for its cheese, smoked sausages and precision
industries including watch making, and
includes most of the Jura mountains.
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France : Alsace, Lorraine, Franche-Comté
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lists a selection of small independent hotels in eastern France, in
regions close to the German border and the Swiss border. Hotels range
two-star, and even unclassified hotels and upscale B&Bs. Stars
indicate amenities and services provided, but not necessarily the
quality of those amenities. The IHI directory gives
priority to rural hotels offering good value for money, or town
that are not on busy streets. We welcome suggestions
travellers and hotel owners.
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Hotels in Alsace
- Bas Rhin) -centre
*** - Housed in a 17th century building, with garden, this
and friendly 32-room hotel is just 5 minutes' walk from the
cathedral, and two minutes on foot from the historic Petite France
quarter, with its many traditional restaurants.
- Bas Rhin)
- Elegant three star hotel in old Strasbourg, in a pedestrian street
just a short distance from Strasbourg cathedral and the Petit France
quarter. Terraces and restaurant serving Alsatian and French cuisine.
Friendly and helpful staff. Rooms quite small. Train station 15 minutes
walk, car parking 3 minutes.
- Bas Rhin) -centre
Hannong *** -
Three-star hotel in a neoclassical building
in old Strasbourg, a short distance from the Place
Kleber and the Petite France quarter.
- Bas Rhin) - centre
la Cruche d'Or**
- Small hotel in a pedestrian area of the centre of old Strasbourg,
close to the cathedral. The rooms are quite small but not expensive.
Excellent location, plenty of
near Colmar (68
- Haut Rhin) -centre
des Comtes **
- Comfortable and friendly two star inn in traditional style,
the small and very picturesque village of Eguisheim amid the
Alsace vineyards just south of Colmar. Excellent restaurant with local
near Colmar (68 Haut Rhin) - historic hotel
des deux cléfs
*** - A lovely traditional Alsace hotel, in the little town of
Turckheim, on the Alsace wine route. A fifteenth century half-timbered
building in classic Alsace style, in the quiet historic centre of
Turckheim. Accessible by train - branch line from Colmar.
- Haut Rhin) - near Basel
- Lying just 200 metres from the Swiss
border, and 10 mins from Basel
airport, the Hotel Jenny has gardens, a restaurant, a bar, an indoor
pool and sauna, bicycle rental. Quiet location with easy access to the
centre of historic Basel. 26 rooms
Hotels in Lorraine
south of Metz
(57 - Moselle) - 1 km off A31 / E21 motorway
*** - This hotel is
particularly recommended for its location 300m
from Exit 29 on the A31 motorway (Luxemburg - Nancy - Dijon) ; a clean
and quiet modern Logis hotel, convenient for a stopover on this
north-south route. Two restaurants.
(54 - Meurthe
et Moselle) - centre
*** - The building is a 400 year-old former bishop's
palace, and it's
been a hotel for 100 years - though modernised since then, and is
comfortable and quiet! Very well located in the historic centre of
Nancy, close to the Place Stanislas. Generally good reviews, though
parking in the area is metered.
- Saint Dié des Vosges (88 Vosges)
The Hotel Beau
*** is a small family-run hotel with 10 rooms, close to the centre of
Saint Dié des Vosges. Very reasonably priced hotel with ten
rooms and restaurant, located within easy distance of the Vosges
regional park. Free private parking and wifi.
Remiremont (88 Vosges) + just off E23 / N57 route
des Prés Braheux
- ** small logis hotel - 13
rooms - in a traditional Vosges building .
Quiet rural location, gardens, restaurant, guest lounge. Free wifi.
Small clean family hotel, offering a friendly welcome and excellent
value for money.
(25 - Doubs)
The Hotel Charles Quint is a small *** boutique hotel in old
building in a quiet street between the Cathedral, the Roman triumphal
arch and the
Citadelle, a UNESCO world heritage site.. Though in short walking
distance from the Grande rue - the high street - you feel in the
country or in a
(25 - Doubs)
The ** Hotel Granvelle is located back from the street in a mainly
residential part of the historic centre of Besançon. It is
in easy walking distance of shops, cafés and restaurants,
and a hundred metres from footpaths to the Citadel (a good climb!) and
along the riverbank. Parking onsite and close by. Easy car
- Montbéliard (25 -
de la Balance occupies a historic building in a quiet
location below the Castle of the Dukes of Wurtemburg, in the centre of
Fully renovated in 2013, the hotel offers 45 confortable and tastefully
decorated rooms. Free parking. Very friendly and welcoming staff, good
quality breakfasts served in a historic breakfast room. The hotel is
just a short distance from the Euro Veloroute 6 - the Danube - Atlantic
(25 - Haut-Doubs area,
***, 9 rooms, occupies a former and traditional Jura farmhouse in the
village of Luisans near Morteau, between Besançon and
Friendly staff, comfortable rooms, restaurant with local specialities.
Sauna, hammam, ski-storage area. 10 miles from the Swiss border. A
is the vast chimney characterising old Jura farms, still used to this
day for smoking hams and sausages.
Sequoia *** Three
star hotel attached to a rural château six kilometres outside
the picturesque town of Arbois, the centre of the Jura wine growing
The hotel is a modern building, built in the traditional
mountain chalet style, with lots of wood. A good location for exploring
the Jura vineyards and the beautiful countryside all around.
Jura vineyards area)
du Revermont ***
three star hotel located in
the heart of the Jura vineyards, just north of Lons le Saunier and
Chateau-Chalon. Comfortable, spacious and modern
rooms, friendly staff, and a good restaurant.
(39 Jura -
Haut-Jura regional park)
La Spatule lies in the small village and ski resort of
Lamoura, in the Haut-Jura regional park, among meadows and spruce
forests. Open summer and winter, the chalet-style hotel is well located
for discovering the high
Jura. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and bicycle hire, and is just an
hour's drive from Geneva airport.
Gray (70 Haute
Saône - Saône river valley)
Just six rooms available at the Domaine
des Papillons, an old Franche Comté
manor house less than a mile from the banks of the Saône. A
crossover between hotel and bed and breakfast, this friendly
establishment comes with a tennis court, barbecue facilities, and cycle