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La Clairiere 4.0

La Petite Pierre, Bas-Rhin, Alsace

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Pros

  • Tranquil forest setting in the Vosges Mountains 
  • Free access to lovely spa with saunas and hydrotherapy areas 
  • Cozy rooms with serene decor and minibars with wholesome snacks 
  • Varied line-up of wellness activities and workshops
  • Attractive main restaurant serves seasonal, organic fare
  • Sunny indoor pool and heated outdoor pool, plus loungers
  • Some rooms have small living areas and forest-view balconies
  • Pleasant common areas include a bar, lounge, and game room
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout and free self-parking
  • Pets welcome (for a fee)

Cons

  • Standard rooms are small
  • Remote location with few restaurants within walking distance
  • Eclectic decor not to everyone’s tastes
  • Services and meals are pricey
  • Restaurant service can be slow

Bottom Line

La Clairiere is a peaceful, four-pearl property set on the outskirts of La Petite Pierre village in the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park. Its 50 rooms are tidy and inviting, with many offering balconies with scenic forest views. La Clairiere takes a cue from its forest locale and focuses on tranquility and mind-body health with a great spa (guests have free access), organic restaurant, and a program of wellness workshops. But not all guests will enjoy the hotel’s eclectic decor and remote location. Travelers looking for a spa hotel with easier access to Strasbourg’s shopping and dining may want to compare rates and amenities with Chateau de L'ile in Ostwald village.

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Scene

Serene wellness hotel with a beautiful countryside setting in the Vosges Mountains

With its angular roofs and wood-clad lobby, La Clairiere’s entrance evokes a secluded alpine lodge. Water trickles down a stone slab in the lobby, hinting at the hotel’s spa with its many hydrotherapy features. This property has been managed by the same family for two generations, and each family member is said to have left their mark on the hotel’s decor. As a result, some areas of the hotel are quite modern, while others have a more classic aesthetic. It's a mix that guests could either find interesting or jarring, depending on perspective.

The free spa access is a big perk for guests, most of whom come here for deep relaxation. Beyond the spa, the hotel emphasizes wellness with a holistic workshop schedule and healthy restaurant fare. Eco-consciousness is also a priority here, with the hotel using renewable sources of energy for its hot water, electricity, and heating, along with green cleaning products and building materials. The location is isolated, but the quiet, nature-focused setting is part of the hotel’s appeal for most guests.

Location

In the heart of the Northern Vosges Regional Nature Park, bordering La Petite Pierre village 

La Clairiere is set along a small country road in the forests of Alsace, surrounded by trees and greenery. Peaceful paths wind through the forest, making it an ideal base for travelers interested in easy hikes and nature walks. It’s a 20-minute walk to the tiny village of La Petite Pierre, which has a medieval castle and a handful of shops and restaurants.

Strasbourg and the nearest airport are both around an hour away by car, while the nearest train station, which is in Ingwiller, is a 15-minute drive away. The location is perfect for guests looking for a secluded spa getaway, but it may be too isolated for some.

Rooms

Bright, well-kept rooms with organic bed linens and lovely forest views

Picking up on the hotel’s natural setting, guest rooms at La Clairiere emphasize wood paneling and molding and simple decor. Flourishes of colorful textiles, such as teal bed runners, complement the otherwise neutral spaces. Beds feature natural latex mattresses and organic linens made from wool and cotton. All rooms have electric kettles and herbal tea, in addition to minibars stocked with juices and healthy snacks. Flat-screen TVs, work desks, safes, and free Wi-Fi are also standard.

Bathrooms are small but contemporary, offering shower stalls, wall-mounted hairdryers, and magnifying mirrors. Pump bottles of shampoo and shower gel are also provided, along with comfy bathrobes and slippers. At less than 182 square feet, Classic Rooms are somewhat cramped and lack balconies. Comfort and Superior Rooms add more space and narrow balconies with pleasant views of the surrounding woods. Superior Rooms also feature compact living areas with sofas and two-person dining tables. 

Features

Free use of impressive spa facilities, plus an organic restaurant and healthy-lifestyle workshops 

The hotel’s standout feature is its extensive spa facilities, which guests can access freely. The elegant spa has a Finnish sauna, bio sauna, steam bath, chilled plunge pool, whirlpool, and infrared cabin. There’s also a beautiful indoor pool with brick accent walls, and a heated outdoor pool with picturesque forest views. A no-frills fitness center has a few updated cardio machines, while massages, scrubs, and other therapies are offered in Asian-inspired treatment rooms for extra fees. 

The refined main restaurant serves a seasonally driven menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dishes are prepared with organic, local produce, including herbs from the property's own garden. The breakfast buffet is a continental spread of fresh fruit, breads, cheeses, and cereal, along with house-made cakes and granola. Breakfast and other meals aren’t covered in the basic room rate, but dining packages are available.  

The hotel bar channels the Victorian era with its green leather banquettes, dark woods, and Tiffany style lamps. There’s a pool table in the adjoining lounge, which has a more colorful, modern look. There’s also a somewhat sparse game room with a foosball table and some kid-friendly games and toys.

Those hosting business meetings and events can make use of the five meeting rooms here, the largest of which can accommodate up to 180 people. The hotel offers a variety of holistic workshops, ranging from yoga and qigong classes to walking meditations and cooking courses. Free mountain bikes are available for guest use. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout, and there’s free self-parking on-site.  

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Address

63 Route d Ingwiller, La Petite Pierre, Grand Est 67290, France

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