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Best Western Hotel le Schoenenbourg 3.0

Riquewihr, Bas-Rhin, Alsace

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  • Quiet hotel amid vineyards, right by Riquewihr's medieval walled town
  • Short walk to wineries, excellent restaurants, and local attractions
  • Straightforward rooms with large flat-screen TVs, minibars, and AC
  • Cheerful and contemporary Family Rooms available
  • Outdoor pool with loungers, parasols, and bar service
  • Great buffet breakfast, plus a bar serving Alsace wines
  • Spa with indoor pool and gym (due for 2018 completion)
  • 24-hour front desk and meeting room
  • Pets stay for free, plus electric bike rentals available
  • Free parking and Wi-Fi throughout


  • Older rooms are bland and dated
  • No full restaurant, and guests find breakfast pricey
  • Outdoor pool unheated and summer-only
  • Spa facilities not opening until 2018
  • Secure parking incurs a fee

Bottom Line

The three-pearl Best Western Hotel le Schoenenbourg offers reliable comfort, a two-minute walk from Riquewihr's medieval town. Its astute location just outside the city walls affords quick access to attractions and dining, and plenty of space here means guests get an outdoor pool and free parking. The 58 rooms are a mix of 2015-renovated contemporary spaces and predictably outfitted dated ones, but all are well-appointed with flat-screen TVs, minibars, safes, and nice bathrooms. The breakfast buffet's fresh pastries and regional cheeses are popular, as are the bar's local wines, but there's no full restaurant. Spa facilities, including an indoor pool, gym, and massage room, are due to fully reopen in 2018, following renovations. Inside Riquewihr's walls, Hotel L'Oriel is more quaint, but it lacks a pool. 

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The hotel's modern exterior is less picturesque than nearby half-timbered houses lining Riquewihr's streets, but medieval charm is just a few minutes' walk. Wrapped by vineyards forming the world-famous Alsace wine route, the property is well-placed, both for town wandering and countryside exploring. Bright interiors in neutral-tone woods and tiling are generic in the lobby, while the carpeted breakfast room with red linens is dated but still cozy. Many rooms follow the same old-fashioned decor approach, though others were renovated in 2015 and are far more contemporary and appealing. Spa renovations are due for completion in 2018, but until then, a nice (seasonal) outdoor pool gets the sun. Having fueled up at the morning buffet, guests mostly spend their days exploring, although you might spot the odd couple grabbing a night cap from the bar's well-priced selection.


On medieval Riquewihr's borders, deep in Alsace's vineyard-rich wine route

The hotel occupies a prime spot, a two-minute walk from the picturesque walled town of Riquewihr. Charming 15th- and 16th-century buildings line cobbled streets here, and they're packed with regional restaurants, wine shops, and stores selling locally produced goods. Busses from here run to nearby villages, but a vehicle is recommended for farther destinations. Known for their wines and picturesque layouts, the towns of Ribeauville, Colmar and Kayesberg are all within a 20-minute drive. Reconstructed 12th-century Haut Koenigsbourg Castle is a 27-minute drive. It's an hour by car for the city of Strasbourg. Both Basel Mulhouse and Strasbourg Airports are a 45-minute drive.


Functional comfort in a mix of old and contemporary rooms

Bright rooms come in many categories, and range from 172-square-foot (16-square-meter) Comforts, to 258-square-foot (24-square-meter) Superiors. Those refurbished in 2015 are outfitted in a cheerful, contemporary blend of light-wood flooring and furniture, white walls, and bright-pink bedrunners, throw pillows, and lamps. Older rooms, meanwhile, have dated blond wood wall paneling and furniture, green carpet, and photographs of nature, but they're well-presented and clean. Amenities include phones, large cable flat-screen TVs, AC, safes, desks, and minibars, plus kettles for tea- and coffee-making. 

Suites have living rooms with sofas, and Family Rooms have two rooms for sleeping up to four. Bathrooms with showers or shower/tub combos are bright, although follow the same old-fashioned or contemporary look as the adjacent bedrooms. All have toiletries, towels, and hairdryers. Note, third-floor rooms are only reached by stairs. Parking lot, Riquewihr, or vineyard views vary in their pleasantness, but all rooms are quiet. All can be fitted with cribs.


Buffet breakfast with regional delicacies, solid bar, and outdoor pool

Despite lacking a full restaurant, this Best Western offers a good range of amenities for leisure travelers. The breakfast room has both indoor and outdoor seating, and serves a buffet (fee) of scrambled or boiled eggs, fresh breads and pastries with jams, and an array of local cheeses, meats, cereals, yogurts, and fresh fruits. Tea, coffee, and juice are also provided. Cheaper "express" options are available. The bar has a selection of Alsace wines, beer, spirits, and soft drinks, alongside coffee and snacks. 

Open May through September, the outdoor pool's loungers and umbrellas offer sun and shade, and though unheated, waters are generally fine in summer. Partially closed for renovations until 2018, the wellness offerings include an indoor pool, sauna and steam facilities, and a gym. A massage room will also open in 2018. A meeting room with basic equipment holds 20 people, and a lobby computer is free to use. Electric bike rentals are available. On-site outdoor parking is free, while secured parking requires a fee. Wi-Fi is free throughout. 

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