Hostellerie Schwendi is in a truly tiny Alsatian village called Kientzheim, a short distance from lovely Colmar. Kientzheim was one of the few small towns that was spared extensive bomb destruction in World War II, and it is a good base for exploration of other Alsatian wine route towns. It also has a number of local vintners who offer tastings.
The hotel is made up of several buildings adjacent to a small square. It's a quiet location with good parking. Our room, #24, was not in the main building but an adjacent one that overlooked the square. It had good, sound-muffling insulated windows. Ours was also a huge room with a huge bath. It was very comfortable and had WiFi and A/C, although we weren't sure the A/C was working very well when we were there.
The restaurant is well-regarded, but if one chooses not to eat there it's perhaps a 10-minute maximum drive to Kaysersberg, a somewhat larger town which caters to tourists and is loaded with eating places. (I will review the hotel restaurant separately. It was overall good but I do have an issue to note.) The hotel breakfast is good, not cheap, but if one wants a breakfast at all, this is the only choice. No convenient bakeries or coffee shops in town.
The family that runs the hotel is very nice. Warning, though: Not a lot of English seemed to be spoken there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Schillé-Gisie family will call you hearty Welcome in their Hotel Restaurant. In a traditional and quiet, wine producing medieval Village in the Heart of Alsace, the Hostellerie Schwendi and his typical style will charming you. This all renovated house is from the XVIIIe siecle, but keeps stones and beams that makes the Charm of this Country. A creative cuisine with good taste, served in our very pleasant restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostellerie Schwendi Kientzheim, France - Alsace