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Hotel Villa d'Est 3.5

Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, Alsace

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Pros

  • Boutique property with charming French country decor
  • Short 10-minute drive (or 20-minute walk) to heart of the city
  • Seven-minute drive to the European Parliament 
  • Cozy rooms with country charm and romantic details
  • Sophisticated suites with separate showers and soaking tubs
  • Refined breakfast room serves up daily hot and cold buffet (extra fee)
  • Small bar with glass fireplace, plus 24-hour room service 
  • Cozy outdoor terrace with cushioned seating
  • Small gym and sauna, plus massages can be arranged
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Kid-friendly and pet-friendly (extra fee for pets)

Cons

  • The trek to the city center may not be ideal for tourists
  • No-full service restaurant and limited wellness facilities
  • Rooms are tiny, and bathrooms can lack proper showers
  • Rooms are missing usual perks like coffeemakers and mini-fridges

Bottom Line

Hotel Villa d'Est is a cozy, upper-middle-range boutique property with romantic French country decor situated between the European Parliament and the historic city center of Grande Île (the latter is about a 20-minute walk). The property has a sophisticated breakfast room where a daily buffet is served (for an extra fee), a small bar, and a little terrace for outdoor lounging. Wellness facilities include a sauna and small gym with cardio equipment, and massages can be arranged. The individually decorated rooms, which include 44 rooms and two suites, are stylish and homey, but they're tiny and oddly lacking in some of the usual amenities (no minibars, coffeemakers, or kettles). For a location more central for sightseeing, travelers may prefer Hotel Hannong, though it doesn't offer the wellness facilities of Villa d'Est.

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Charming boutique hotel with romantic French country decor

Hotel Villa D'Est is a boutique property situated primarily in a charming, square building with a six-story yellow facade topped with dormer windows. Still fairly fresh off a 2014 renovation, the hotel pairs romantic details with traditional country-rustic accents for a look that feels both homey and stylish. The lobby features a black-and-white checkered floor, vintage furniture and wall art, and contemporary gray button-tufted chairs with nailhead trim, a sophisticated look that coordinates with the breakfast room. A glass fireplace helps divide the lobby from the bar area. While the hotel is kid-friendly, the romantic air and tiny guest rooms are bait for couples in particular, though those who want to spend most of their time touring historic Strasbourg may feel they're too far from sights. The property's location between the city center and Parliament makes this an attractive choice for business guests, too.

Location

Between the European Parliament and the historic city center

The hotel is situated in a residential area off a main highway, and while the immediate neighborhood isn't particularly exciting, restaurants and attractions are in walking distance. For those traveling by car, the hotel is accessible to various city hotspots, including the European Parliament, a seven-minute drive, and the historic city center (Grande Île, home to the Strasbourg Cathedral), a 10-minute drive or a 20-minute walk. Petite France can be reached in about 10- to 15-minutes by car, though it's also feasible on foot in under a half hour. The main train station is about a 17-minute walk or 10 minutes by car, while Strasbourg Airport is a 15- to 20-minute drive. Parking is available, but it costs an extra nightly fee and should be reserved in advance. 

Rooms

Charming country-style rooms with romantic details -- but lacking some of the usual amenities

The hotel's individually decorated rooms are cozy with gently romantic country decor featuring pretty floral curtains and bedspreads, velvety scalloped headboards, and classic Louis XVI chairs. Rooms tend toward the tiny, though, with entry-level Classic Rooms measuring as little as 160 square feet, and some Superior Rooms as little as 180 square feet. Oddly, some bathrooms lack a proper shower, and instead feature bathtubs with shower attachments, but no curtains. The property's two suites are decidedly more luxurious: The Arabesc Suite features damask bedding, sitting areas, and a roomier bathroom with a shower stall and corner tub.

Rooms include flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, AC, safes, and free Wi-Fi. But strangely some of the amenities expected at this pearl level are missing, such as minibars and coffee/tea service. Bathrooms are equipped with hairdryers, heated towel racks, and a combination of individual toiletries and toiletry dispensers.

Features

Sophisticated breakfast room, small bar, 24-hour room service, and some wellness facilities

Features here, for the most part, rise above the norm, starting with breakfast. The hotel's sophisticated breakfast room provides a nice buffet with hot and cold options daily, albeit for an extra fee. There's also a small bar, with a few lounge nooks and a fireplace, doling out drinks and small bites, as well as a cozy outdoor terrace with cushioned furniture. While there's no full-service restaurant, room service is available 24 hours. 

Wellness facilities include a spa area with a sauna and wood-floored exercise room outfitted with a handful of cardio machines, plus massages can be arranged. There are also two meeting and event rooms, and Wi-Fi throughout the property is free. Staff are friendly and can provide laundry and luggage service and babysitting can be arranged. Pets are allowed for an extra nightly fee. 

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Address

12 rue Jacques Kable, Strasbourg 67000, France

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