Hôtel Cour du Corbeau Strasbourg – MGallery By Sofitel
What We Love
- Wonderful riverside location within walking distance of Old Town highlights
- Truly helpful and attentive staff who aim to make your stay memorable
- Beautiful period details and modern-day creature comforts
What To Know
- Nail down details about the hotel's location before departing, especially if traveling by car
- The hotel has no restaurant, although there is a bar, a tea salon and a breakfast room
- Free parking and WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In a beautiful half-timbered building dating from the 16th century, the Cour du Corbeau (Crow’s Courtyard) is one of France’s best–loved hotels. The 57 guestrooms blend period details (solid oak flooring, wood beams) with modern must-haves (air conditioning, WiFi). All feature Louis XV–style furniture, and some look out onto the courtyard or the garden. The contemporary bathrooms come with twin vanities, stone floors and either a tub or a shower. The building’s heritage status limits what can be done with the space, so there’s no gym or spa, or even a restaurant, but the petite bar has an alfresco terrace on the secluded cobblestone courtyard. And there are plenty of restaurants, bistros and cafés within strolling distance.
In the Area
Strasbourg’s Cathédrale de Notre-Dame is a Gothic masterpiece with stained glass, an astronomical clock and a viewing platform that offers vistas of the city (after a 332-step climb). The city is easy to explore by bike, and there’s an extensive cycle network and tons of parking options. Rent a bike from Velhop, a nonprofit company with several outlets. The city’s Grande Ile (Big Island; home to the cathedral) is full of eye-catching half-timbered buildings and places to eat and drink, including Maison Kammerzell, a traditional restaurant in a house that dates from 1427.
How to Get There
This was my one “treat” on this trip to England and France, and I’m so glad that I chose Cour du Corbeau. The location is perfect, just across the street from the old centre of the city, the staff is second to none, and the rooms! Oh, the rooms! My cousin and I had rooms next door to each other, but they were completely different. I’m not sure how they chose which of us were staying in each room, but they matched our styles exactly. Mine had Villeroy & Boch plumbing fixtures and dark floors, my cousin’s was an all white design. We declared the rooms to be our “perfect French apartments” and made sure that we made time to enjoy the deluxe Nespresso machines, the sitting room area and a beautiful soak in our extra long tubs. The rooms are very large and quiet, the king-size bed is heavenly. The turndown service was appreciated. We didn’t partake of the restaurant, instead we were out at cafes and restaurants with our new-found relative. But I have no doubt that their food and service would be to a high standard as well.
First I will start with the positives. The location of Hotel Cour du Corbeau could not have been more central. We were able to easily walk around town, without ever needing to get in a cab.
Our negatives start with the inability to accommodate an early check in. Upon landing in Stuttgart, we called the hotel to inquire if we would have access to our room earlier than 3pm, in which they said they would try to make happen. Once we arrived, they were adamant about the 3pm check in and unable to accommodate us.
Although they have AC, the room sleeps hot. We were unable to get the temperature down during our stay to a comfortable level (side note: we do like sleeping cold).
Breakfast was OK, we have had much better at other hotels in France.
Our room was located on a side street, which we initially assumed did not get much traffic. Saturday night the noise from pedestrian traffic was very loud, until very early in the morning, making it difficult to sleep.
Overall, we would not stay here again. The location is great, but other factors made it 3 stars for us.
Close to the canal-side (with some wonderful walks) this small hotel is quiet, friendly and reasonably priced. The room was comfortable, breakfast (not included in room rate) was excellent. Access by taxi if you have luggage: too far to walk from the train station. Also recommend a walking tour of the city: see the fascinating mixture of French and German influence in the street names, building design and food. Great photographic opportunities including from the Ponts Couverts and Barrage Vauban. Take care to watch out for trams and bicycles as well as cars: sometimes they seem to come at you from all directions so that crossing the street can be quite stressful. The hotel is a peaceful oasis with a great location for exploring a beautiful city. Recommended.
When you come to write a review for a hotel which has such an overwhelmingly number of five star reviews, there’s little to do to convince anyone thinking of booking here that they will almost certainly not be disappointed. The particular things that they did for us which were ‘stand-out’ were to answer pre-arrival emails accurately and in lightening time, to book a great restaurant for our dinner on a difficult day (public holiday) and give us a beautiful and spacious room with the lovely leaded window at the end of the courtyard. Just book, ok?!
Gorgeous hotel. Friendly staff. Breakfast was awesome every day. Deluxe room was immaculately clean and beautiful. Excellent location. We enjoyed every minute there. You won’t be disappointed. Highly recommend.