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Best Western Hotel Le Schoenenbourg
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

We stay at this hotel because it is right next to a wonderful preserved villageof Riquewihr. The alsace Lorraqine region is very hot in June. This hotel has air conditiong, free parking, and a nice large outdoor pool . The breakfast costs extra. They have a self service expresso, hot chocolate, and capuccino machine. They had a great buffet of fruit, meat, and breakfast breads. The rooms are modern and quite nice. We overlooked a vineyard. The hotel is a very good bargain especially if you book on the Best Western website and use AAA membership discount. You can also get an additional discount if you prepay. The location is near all the wonderful villages of the wine region. Riquewihr is a small beautiful protected village that is next door that has wonderful reasonable restaurants.We ate at the Grape"Or. We had scallops and duck.It was very cute and romanctic. I woudl recommend staying here over Colmar because it is quiet, peaceful, and a totally preserved village. It is like you walked back into the middle ages.

Room Tip: If you have AAA and a free Best Western gold card, you can save money booking this room. I would pay extra about 12 euros for the breakfast. It was terrific. You need to bring a swimsuit. The pool is great and the weather is usually warm.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Roger924
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Very clean, modern hotel overlooking the vineyards. Just a short walk to the charming medieval village of Requiwihr. Large bath, good shower, decent lighting and make-up mirror. (Careful of the slippery tiles stepping from the shower, though.) Refrigerator and extra blankets. Free parking in front of the hotel with a ramp to pull your luggage to the door. Free WiFi. Great location for the lovely villages along the Route du Vin. Friendly staff and a great value for the price (98 euros). We slept well in our air-conditioned room.

Did not eat at the hotel, but recommend Le Grappa d'Or in Requiwihr. One of our favorite dinners in 6 weeks. Fabulous food and extremely friendly, helpful staff. Made a mistake by not returning the next night, but we like to try different places. After a disappointing dinner elsewhere, we returned for dessert and received the nicest welcome.

Room Tip: Hotel is outside the village and away from busy roads, so most rooms should be quiet. Ask for a/c, if that is important to you.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank FourWinds_11
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Riquewihr is such a dream town and this hotel was just the final piece in the puzzle. A minute walk from the main gate of town, peaceful and inviting. The various women in the reception were all welcoming and very nice. Even though we had a room facing the parking lot, it was still quiet (nothing can be noisy there). But if you get a room facing the other side, where the vines are, the quiet would be double! I hope to return there one day.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank TsippyLeon
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

Having come across this hotel last year as we travelled back to England from Austria, we so liked what we saw that we decided to return for a short break.

The Schoenenbourg is just 150 metres outside the walls of the stunning medieval town of Riquewihr, so is handy for all the attractions, but away from the daily hustle and bustle in a peaceful location.

Initially we thought we were going to be thwarted as the Best Western site showed 'no availability', so I called the hotel direct and sure enough, although they were quite full, they had rooms to spare. We booked a Comfort Room on the first floor which was newly refurbished, air conditioned, had a large modern bathroom (no bath though, just a shower), coffee and tea facilities in the room and free use of the safe. There is no milk in the room, but if you go to reception they will give you a small jug of fresh milk which you can keep cool in the mini bar - much better than that awful powdered or long-life muck!

The hotel serves a continental breakfast for €12.50 or you can venture into town for something to eat. Beware of the French rigid approach to eating times though - petit dejeuner - breakfast - is not served after 9.30am. We tried to get served in a small bakery at 9.35 one day and despite the fact that it was empty, other than us, we got a stern 'Non!' when we asked for breakfast. We replied suitably by walking out of the place rather than having something else they had to offer and found a more accommodating restaurant down the hill!

The hotel does not serve dinner, but there are many good restaurants in the town. I would recommend La Grappe d'Or - 100 metres up from the Hotel de Ville and down the alleyway on the right. The food is excellent and sensibly priced, the service is good and they speak English fluently - something that you will find many restaurants do not do. Always try and book a table in La Grappe d'Or because if you just turn up, you are likely to be disappointed, such is the reputation of the place.

Riquewihr is superbly situated to explore the rest of the Alsace region and I would suggest following the wine trail which runs both North and South. There are some wonderful small towns to see and I would particularly recommend visiting Eguisheim, Kaysersburg, Hunawihr, Ribeauville, Chatenois and the Chateau du Haut Koenigsbourg. Ribeauville has one of the cheapest fuel stations in France and I paid €1.32 for a litre of diesel compared with €1.46 almost everywhere else (in the UK it is currently the equivalent of €1.73!!!!!!)

After you have spent a day travelling it is nice to unwind around the pool which is just across from the front of the hotel.

The wrong staff can ruin a hotel, but I am pleased to say that at this hotel, they are one of its greatest assets. They have a good attitude and are extremely helpful which gets them a big thumbs up from me.

All in all this hotel feels better than the 3 star rating it is given and far surpasses many other Best Western hotels we have seen in France.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

This hotel really was very good. I would highly recommend it. There was free parking, they were very helpful with the fact that we have a young baby. The rooms were very comfortable and lovely and clean, and the setting was wonderful - our room backed onto a hill covered in vins. The pool looked lovely and you are right on the edge of this small historic town - it was all perfect!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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