Hostellerie de la Pommeraie
What We Love
- A charming stay in a historic manor house, with breakfast and a welcome drink Soaking up the hotel’s illustrious history, having housed monks and a Napoleonic general
- Your charming room, full of authentic, traditional touches
- Waking up each day to a delicious home-cooked breakfast at the hotel
What To Know
- Interiors could use a bit of refreshing
- The staff is extremely accommodating
- WiFi can be slow
This gracious residence, located in the heart of the Alsatian town of Sélestat, is steeped in history and has many a tale to tell. Hostellerie de la Pommeraie was once a Cistercian abbey, and later became home to one of Napoleon’s generals. Today you can read up on Sélestat’s illustrious past in its humanist library – so highly regarded it’s on UNESCO’s ‘Memory of the World’ register. Back at the hotel you’ll find the whole place has been sensitively updated, with dusky pink walls, a romantic turret and a well-kept flower-filled garden.
The hotel’s super-friendly owners guard its history with pride and offer an extremely warm welcome. You’ll be greeted with a glass of wine (probably a local vintage, as there are a host of vineyards in the surrounding countryside) which you could enjoy out in the sunny garden courtyard. Also located out in the garden, your room is equally pleasing and has been lovingly decorated with individual character. Begin each day with a home-cooked breakfast on your private terrace – just the thing before setting forth to explore Alsace’s many charms. Hostellerie de la Pommeraie earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
How to Get There
This is a neat hotel with exposed beams everywhere. The breakfast was wonderful with so many choices and the staff was very helpful. The staff gave us local recommendations for food and stuff to do. A great hotel for the cost!
We have stayed in this hotel several times over the years. It used to be owned by a charming couple who also ran a half decent restaurant on the premises. Sadly they went bust, and it has now been bought by a chain I never heard of, called Popinn. The bones of the building are lovely, but it was always reaching for a grandeur it never quite achieved. When it was a family run business, it’s quirks and faded glory were charming. Now, run on a budget by a chain it is losing even that.
This could be a truly lovely hotel. It needs a complete overhaul. They have a young and seemingly very determined director, but they also need to give her a decent budget. You can’t run a hotel of this kind with a barely functioning portable air con unit with a tube sticking out the open window letting all the hot air in. Or a mono-dose coffee machine in the breakfast room that would be barely fit for purpose in a bachelor pad.
We rode up to this hotel after biking the Alsatian Wine Route and what a surprise. The Hotel is super charming with window boxes of geraniums everywhere. Our room was lovely and cozy with an inviting tub and comfortable bed. We had dinner in the restaurant as part of our bike tour, and it was the best meal we had the whole trip - tuna steak for a starter and a beef filet for the entrée. Melanie, our server, was delightful and attended to our every need. Breakfast was ample and served in a beautiful sunroom. Truly elegant experience.