We stayed in Phalsbourg because we wanted to be in a small, quaint town in the Lorraine region after spending time in Paris. Unfortunately, we were disappointed in the town itself especially given that some of the things we wanted to do, like the Plan incliné de Saint Louis Arzviller and “le Château des Rohans” were respectively no longer offered and closed both times we went by for a tour. Au Soldat, then it seems, is a destination unto itself, yet I would recommend it only if one is an extreme gastronome or because it is a convenient stop over on ones itinerary. The 7 course, Menu Surprise dinner we had there was phenomenal, one of the best we have ever experienced! We took a risk and chose the 106E per person meal because it was all we could read given that the menu is not offered in anything but French. So you know, the wait staff does not speak English either so be prepared for an adventure if you cannot speak French. The service was attentive, not at all stuffy, and the wine pairing perfectly complimented. The portions were rather large, given the seven courses, so we left feeling quite full. However, it was a great gastronomic experience, close to a 10/10! Our room is the funky bit. We decided on the junior suite, number 23, so we could have a more spacious room. It is on the top floor, two levels up without an elevator, and feels attic like. There are only two small dormer windows that let in very little natural light and the overall lighting in the room is dim. There are exposed cross beams that create a feeling of a low ceiling and could be a problem if one is particularly tall. There is NO shower, but only a deep soaking tub with a hand held shower, which for us, was a little difficult getting in and out of. The tub and sink area are behind a partial wall, again with rather dim lighting. There is a separate toilet room. I feel bad writing this because the host, George Schmitt is such a friendly man and quite gracious. One can tell his is a labour of love and he will do what he can to make your stay pleasant. As an example, my husband went downstairs in the morning for coffee. Georges would not let him take it up, but instead showed up ten minutes later with a Continental breakfast and coffee on a silver tray complete with a big smile in spite of his run up the stairs. The regular breakfast, as mentioned in another review, is served with foie gras and the scrambled eggs are sprinkled with truffles. All in all, Au Soldat was an interesting experience, but not what we were expecting. I don't think we would choose to go back. Sorry George.
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