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Small hotel in Alsace

Alsace, 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.

Lorraine, 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.

Franche 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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Eastern France : Alsace, Lorraine, Franche-Comté

This page of the iHi France independent hotel guide lists a selection of small independent hotels in eastern France, in regions close to the German border and the Swiss border. Hotels range from four-star to 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 hotels that are not on busy streets. We welcome suggestions from travellers and hotel owners.

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Hotels in Alsace

  • Strasbourg (67 - Bas Rhin) -centre
    Hotel du Dragon
    *** - Housed in a 17th century building, with garden, this clean 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.
  • Strasbourg (67 - Bas Rhin) - centre
    Hotel de Rohan ***  - 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.
  • Strasbourg (67 - Bas Rhin) -centre
    Hotel Hannong
    *** - Three-star hotel in a neoclassical building in old Strasbourg, a short distance from the  Place Kleber and the Petite France quarter.
  • Strasbourg (67 - Bas Rhin) - centre
    Hotel 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 restaurants nearby.
  • Eguisheim, near Colmar (68 - Haut Rhin) -centre
    Hostellerie des Comtes **  - Comfortable and friendly two star inn in traditional  style, in the small and very picturesque village of Eguisheim amid the Alsace vineyards just south of Colmar. Excellent restaurant with local specialities.
  • Turckheim, near Colmar (68 Haut Rhin) - historic hotel
    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.
  • Hagenthal (68 - Haut Rhin) - near Basel
    Hotel Jenny ***  -   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

  • Just south of Metz (57 - Moselle) -  1 km off A31 / E21 motorway
    Hotel les Tuileries ***  - 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.
  • Nancy (54 - Meurthe et Moselle) - centre
    Hotel des Prélats *** - 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 Séjour *** 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.
  • Near Remiremont (88 Vosges)  + just off E23 / N57 route
       Logis 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.

Hotels in Franche-Comté

  • Besançon, (25 - Doubs) .
    Hotel Charles Quint   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 village. 
  • Besançon, (25 - Doubs) .
    Hotel Granvelle   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 access. 
  • Montbéliard (25 - Doubs)
    The Hôtel de la Balance occupies a historic building in a quiet location below the Castle of the Dukes of Wurtemburg, in the centre of old Montbéliard. 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 cycleway..
  • Luisans (25 - Haut-Doubs area, Jura mountains)
    The Auberge du Tuyé, ***, 9 rooms, occupies a former and traditional Jura farmhouse in the village of Luisans near Morteau, between Besançon and Neuchâtel. Friendly staff, comfortable rooms, restaurant with local specialities. Sauna, hammam, ski-storage area. 10 miles from the Swiss border. A "tuyé" is the vast chimney characterising old Jura farms, still used to this day for smoking hams and sausages.
  • Arbois (39 Jura)
    Hotel Sequoia *** Three star hotel attached to a rural château six kilometres outside the picturesque town of Arbois, the centre of the Jura wine growing area. 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.
  • Passenans(39 Jura  -  Jura vineyards area)
    Domaine 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.
  • Lamoura (39 Jura -  Haut-Jura regional park)
    The** logis 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.
  • Near 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 hire.. Restaurant

Eastern France
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Other regions of France

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Tourist information for the northern and eastern regions of France
Alsace: a brief travel and tourism guide
Burgundy: a brief travel and tourism guide
Franche Comté: a short guide
Nord – Pas-de-Calais
Normandy: the region and its tourist attractions
Paris: a guide to the tourist attractions of Paris

The iHi France independent hotel guide lists  independent hotels offering a calm, friendly and relaxing environment. Hotels range from four-star to two-star, and even unclassified hotels and upscale B&Bs. It is important to note that stars are not always the best guide to a hotel's real worth, as they indicate amenities and services provided, rather than the quality of those amenities. The iHi directory concentrates more on the qualities of hotels, as recognised by guests. The directory lists only hotels recommended by travellers: priority is given to small hotels with character, rural hotels offering good value for money, or town hotels away from the noise of busy streets. We welcome suggestions from travellers and hotel owners.

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