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
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.
We expected this hotel to be quite nice as it was not cheap. The atmosphere and the rooms gives the impression of former greatness, but it now seems rather worn down.
A bigger problem was that we had booked 7 rooms including 5 rooms with 2 beds (as this was a company tour where we shared rooms) but this is no way what we got. Instead we got 6 rooms with Grand-lit, a not very big double bed with one blanket ... not very successful. When we talked to the reception about this, they did not at all feel responsible for the wrong description of the rooms, and were not inclined to do anything about it.
We had dinner at the hotel as well but the food was bland and uninteresting. Furthermore, several of us got either too cooked steaks or steaks that were ice cold in the center. When we returned a steak that was very overcooked the cook gave us a new one that had barely seen a frying pan and completely cold in the middle. Not a professional way to handle this.
We have written to the hotel afterwards but have had no response from them at all.
In short, we can definitely not recommend this hotel.
We like to stop at this hotel when we are near Selestat. It's lovely, it has a very good restaurant with delicious food, good wines and excellent service. Everybody is very professional and friendly. You can explore the city and part of Alsace from there or you can simply stop for one night. You will always feel welcome. Only one negative note: the breakfast buffet is nice but small and if you get there just after a group or a big family... please be patient !
We spent one night here on a bike ride through Alsace and wished we could have stayed longer. This was one of the nicest, most charming hotel rooms we have EVER stayed in. Sitting in the shade in the garden having a beer after riding from Strasbourg was heavenly. Then, the dinner was phenomenal. Top notch french cooking. Best meal of our trip. It was hard to leave the next day. But meandering through Selestat was so fun - such a cute town. Would definitely come back and stay here.
First of all, the good things - the exterior and downstairs are charming, and the staff are all very pleasant. However, this does not make up for the rest. There is very little parking in front of the hotel, you have to drive around and hopefully find a spot not too far away, and during the week you can only leave your car for a maximum of 4 hours. We were told there was air conditioning, and unfortunately we needed it as it was very hot when we arrived. But instead, we were provided with a standing fan and the possibility of opening screenless Windows. Totally inadequate, especially after being told it was air conditioned. The bathroom was very outdated, with a glass door only for privacy! The 'shower' was a handheld sprayer, it was impossible to use without flooding the bathroom. The wifi is poor. It's a real shame; this could be a lovely hotel if it had some serious work done. And on all accounts, avoid the top floor. The elevator does not go up there and I am sure there would be no getting out alive in the event of a fire.