I sure hope you’re ready for one heck of an adventure mes amis. You’re jetting off to Strasbourg – one of the most exciting cities in France!

Located smack on the border of Germany and France, Strasbourg is positively brimming with Alsatian charm, half-timbered medieval buildings, canals, and of course, cobblestone streets. Hey, it wouldn’t be a European destination without those, right?

Like I always say though, your choice of accommodation can easily make or break your trip. You don’t want dull as dishwater when visiting Strasbourg is so DELIGHTFUL.

Don’t worry! If you’re in need of top recommendations, I’ll take you through the Best 3 places to stay in Strasbourg. And I want to cover all budgets and expectations…

So, let’s check them out!

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Where Is The Best Place to Stay in Strasbourg?

Is there anything better than returning to air-conditioned comfort after a full day of sightseeing under the sun? I think not!

Whether you’re backpacking in France or planning a quick getaway in Strasbourg, these 3 areas are bound to provide an epic experience on the Alsatian city!

Best Hotel in Strasbourg – Régent Contades, BW Premier Collection

Queen size room with wooden fourniture and cozy lighting in Régent Contades, BW Premier Collection

Offering classic rooms and elegant suites, the Régent Contades, BW Premier Collection is found right next to the River III.

An excellent choice for couples, the hotel features a spa and an onsite bar offering cocktails and an extensive list of international whiskeys.

With a stay at this hotel, you’ll be close to the Strasbourg Museum of Fine Arts and the Place de la Republique.  

Best Hostel in Strasbourg – The People Strasbourg

The People – Strasbourg

Is there anything better than crashing in a comfy bed after an exciting day of sightseeing? I think not!

Well, that’s what you can expect from The People Strasbourg, a lovely French hostel located in the Bourse-Krutenau District.

In addition to cozy dorm rooms, this hostel also features private double or twin rooms.

Best Airbnb in Strasbourg – Amazing Apartment Facing the Cathedral

Amazing Apartment Facing the Cathedral

With a beautifully appointed bedroom to accommodate up to two guests, this apartment commands a super central location right opposite the thousand-year-old Notre Dame de Strasbourg Cathedral.

Easily one of the top places to stay in Strasbourg, this space is fitted with all the comforts of home – and yes, that includes a kitchen that’s well-outfitted with everything you need to rustle up a quick meal!

Strasbourg Neighborhood Guide – Best Places to Stay in Strasbourg

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Petite France

Petite France translates to ‘Little France’, and I must say, this name is quite fitting: this neighborhood seems to embody everything that put France on the map.

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Neustadt Strasbourg France
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Neustadt

While this district isn’t as well known as other parts of Strasbourg, it definitely packs a punch! Located near the Petite France area, Neustadt is actually an extension of the Grande Ile area which covers the older city center. This area was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2017.

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Alsatian Museum Strasbourg
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Bourse-Krutenau District

What I liked the most about the Bourse-Krutenau District is that it’s away from the main tourist trail so there’s plenty of peace and quiet! Rest assured that you’ll still be just a quick drive from the main sights like the Alsatian Museum and the School of Arts, known for its striking tiled façade.

Strasboutg is largely known as a stunning European winter destination, famous for its Christmas markets and festive vibes. Beyond winter, this alsatian city keeps the show going, showcasing its architectural prowess and hosting incredible eateries. As such, there’s plenty to explore (and I do mean plenty!).

For instance, the charming island of Petite France is an absolute dream come true for first-time visitors! Part of the Grand Ile area, Petite France is surrounded by historic buildings on all sides. Medieval towers only add to the old-school charm of the place.

Next up on our list is Neustadt, a lesser-known but just as charming neighborhood that lends itself super well to couples!

Known for its Prussian elements and buildings, Neustadt boasts an eye-catching cluster of Renaissance, Baroque, Romanesque and Gothic Revival buildings. Picturesque tree-lined avenues and lively squares beckon at just about every turn.

Traveling on a budget? Then you can always consider staying in the Bourse-Krutenau District which is made up of two separate areas that lie pretty close to each other. This awesome neighborhood in France isn’t exactly on the main tourist trail, so it’s definitely more affordable than other places in Strasbourg.

1. Petite France – Best Place to Stay in Strasbourg for your First Time

Wondering where to stay in Strasbourg for your first time? If you ask me, there’s no better destination than the Petite France area, located smack in the heart of the city!

Petite France translates to ‘Little France’, and I must say, this name is quite fitting: this neighborhood seems to embody everything that put France on the map. Whether it’s the half-timbered houses, quaint bars and restaurants, lush greenery, or the River Ill gurgling by, this is one area that’s quintessentially French!

Colorful half-timbered houses by a canal in La Petite France District of Strasbourg, France.
This historic area is famous for its well-preserved half-timbered houses.

As picturesque as it is, the Petite France neighborhood doesn’t exactly have an idyllic past. It actually used to be a quarantine island for 15th-century soldiers who were being treated for syphilis. As such, the area remained abandoned for quite some time until it became a hotspot for artists who turned it into the ridiculously charming place we know today.

You’ll find heaps to do on this island (despite its size!). There’s an amazing food scene, plenty of nightlife, a great collection of French architecture, 13th-century defensive bridges, cobblestone alleys, historic sites…need I go on?

Best Hotel in Petite France: Hotel Beaucour

Hotel Beaucour

One of my absolute favorite places to stay in Strasbourg, Hotel Beaucour positively oozes old-time French charm!

Rooms are tastefully appointed, and suites even add designer bathtubs so you can relax after a full day of sightseeing.

In the morning, you can always treat yourself to a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel before heading out to explore nearby attractions like the Place de la Republique or the Tomi Ungerer Museum.

Best Apartment in Petite France: Studio Cathedrale

Studio Cathedrale

If you’re looking for a private space with hostel-like vibes, I can personally vouch for this beautiful little studio!

Also located near the historic cathedral, this studio apartment offers proximity to popular spots like the Strasbourg History Museum and the Botanical Gardens.

Guests can take advantage of the kitchenette fitted with a fridge and dishwasher.

Best Airbnb in Petite France: Amazing Apartment Facing the Cathedral

Amazing Apartment Facing the Cathedral

If you’d like to be smack where the action is, you can always consider dropping anchor in this gorgeous Strasbourg Airbnb, located right opposite the famous Notre Dame de Strasbourg Cathedral!

Offering unblemished views of this historic landmark, this small but undeniably cozy space can comfortably sleep up to two guests.

With a classic Alsatian décor, the apartment also provides a modern, well-equipped kitchen, but with some of Strasbourg’s best eateries practically on your doorstep, why muck about at the stove, right?

Things to See and Do in Petite France

The historic Barrage Vauban overlooking the River III in Strasbourg France
When I talk about old buildings in France, I mean really ancient—dating back to the 17th century.
  1. Explore Strasbourg alongside a local guide and soak up all the best sights the city has to offer.
  2. Check out the Barrage Vauban, a defensive bridge that dates all the way back to the 17th century.
  3. Visit the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Strasbourg, famous for its Rayonnant Gothic architecture.
  4. Mosey around to uncover the many hidden gems and untold stories in the city.
  5. Stroll around the Place Kléber, the largest square in Strasbourg.
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2. Neustadt – Best Area in Strasbourg for Couples

Another awesome Strasbourg neighborhood, Neustadt serves as an ideal retreat for traveling couples, with gorgeous sights all around!

While this district isn’t as well known as other parts of Strasbourg, it definitely packs a punch! Located near the Petite France area, Neustadt is actually an extension of the Grande Ile area which covers the older city center. This area was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2017.

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Guess I’ve found the best area in Strasbourg!

If Neustadt’s gorgeous views and streets makes you feel like you’re in a whole other country altogether, that’s because this neighborhood is awash with Prussian elements. It boasts spacious, tree-lined avenues and sprawling squares – perfect for an afternoon stroll!

An undeniably romantic nook in Strasbourg, Neustadt never fails to seduce with its unique blend of architectural style. You’ll find just about every type of building over there, including Romanesque Revival, Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance.

Remember to bring your comfiest walking shoes because the best way of taking everything in (at least in my opinion) is to just amble around the area!

Best Hotel in Neustadt: Régent Contades, BW Premier Collection

Régent Contades, BW Premier Collection

I sure hope you’re ready to be wowed because this is one heck of a hotel!

I’ll admit that the rates are on the higher side, but if you’re looking to splurge on a romantic weekend, believe me when I say this place’s got you covered.

Perched by the banks of the River III, the Best Western Premier Collection Hotel Regent Contades offers decadent rooms with river or courtyard views. You’ll have a choice of a continental breakfast served in your room or a buffet breakfast in the lounge.

After exploring the area, you can always unwind with an aromatic cocktail at the onsite Regency Bar.

Best Hostel in Neustadt: Ciarus

Ciarus

Commanding an excellent location just a 3 minutes drive from Neustadt, Ciarus offers various types of rooms, including 6-bed dorms.

Private rooms with en-suite facilities are also available for travelers who would prefer their own personal space.

There’s plenty to keep you entertained onsite, including a games room, restaurant, snack bar, and café. You can also rent a bicycle to go exploring.

Best Airbnb in Neustadt: Charming Apartment near Republic Square

Charming Apartment near Republic Square

Boasting classic home comforts, this cozy apartment lies just one minute from the Neustadt neighborhood!

You’ll be close to popular points of interest like Republic Square and the Cathedral.

The open-plan living room extends into a well-outfitted kitchen that you can use to rustle up a meal when you don’t feel like going out.

In addition to the master bedroom, this space also features a second guest room that can squeeze in a couple of extra guests – perfect for when you want to have friends over!

Things to See and Do in Neustadt:

Palace of the Rhine decorated with statues and sculptures and a large garden in Strasbourg France
If you haven’t had your fill of architectural marvels, visit Le Palace du Rhin!
  1. Discover Neustadt’s architectural wonders alongside a local guide.
  2. Stroll the Jardin de la Place de la République, a small green space surrounded by cultural buildings.
  3. Visit the Planetarium, located in the Jardin des Sciences at the University of Strasbourg.
  4. Check out the Palais du Rhin, an imperial palace famous for its Neo-Renaissance design, recognizable by its massive dome.
  5. Embark on a wine tasting experience that’ll also take you to beautiful medieval villages.

3. Bourse-Krutenau District – Where to Stay in Strasbourg on a Budget

If you’re traveling on a budget, there’s no better place to stay in Strasbourg than in the Bourse – Krutenau District!

Just a quick note before we get into that one, though: Bourse and Krutenau are actually two different areas. Because of their proximity to each other, though, these two neighborhoods are often meshed together.

Alsatian Museum in Strasbourg with a balcony overflowing with plants
The Alsatian Museum has a serene and distinctly French authenticity that was truly charming.
Photo: Ji-Elle (WikiCommons)

What I liked the most about the Bourse-Krutenau District is that it’s off the beaten track so there’s plenty of peace and quiet! Rest assured that you’ll still be just a quick drive from the main sights like the Alsatian Museum and the School of Arts, known for its striking tiled façade.

Because this area is away from the main tourist trail, it’s a bit more affordable than other French neighborhoods in Strasbourg, especially in terms of accommodation and entertainment. Bourse and Krutenau also offer easy access to Esplanade, another lesser-known neighborhood that’s mainly populated by college students.

Foodies totally have it made because the Bourse-Krutenau District is home to heaps of relatively unknown, hole-in-the-wall eateries where you can sample the local Alsatian cuisine.

Best Hotel in the Bourse-Krutenau District: Hotel Roses

Hotel Roses room interior with a queen bed in the center, wooden desk and chair, big chandeler and wide windows

Opting for budget accommodation doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to sacrifice your comfort- as evidenced by Hotel Roses!

Offering various room configurations from affordable single units to suites, this hotel features a bar and a sauna – perfect for relaxing after an exciting day of sightseeing! Guests can enjoy an Alsatian breakfast first thing in the morning.

When it’s time to explore, be sure to check out nearby spots like the Botanical Garden, the Palace of the Rhine, and Rohan Palace.

Best Hostel in the Bourse-Krutenau District: The People – Strasbourg

Interior of a family room in The People – Strasbourg with a queen-sized bed and bunk beds

Offering spacious and comfortable dorms, this Strasbourg hostel is set just a short distance from Strasbourg International Airport, the Botanical Garden, and St. Paul’s Church.

If you don’t feel like sharing a dorm, you can always opt for a private double, twin, or quadruple room. Families or groups of friends may wish to get the Family Room, which boasts a double bed and four bunk beds.

Best Airbnb in the Bourse-Krutenau District: Charming Space for 4

An apartment in the Bourse-Krutenau District with a couch and a dining space

Another great accommodation option that lies smack in this charming Strasbourg neighborhood, this charming French Airbnb sleeps four in its quaint quarters.

You’ll find heaps to explore nearby, including the famous Christmas Market, the Cathedral, and La Place des Halles.  

Oh, and did I mention that there’s a Nespresso machine in the kitchen? Perfect for enjoying a fresh cup of coffee on the balcony before starting your day, don’t you think?

Things to See and Do in the Bourse-Krutenau District:

Municipal Baths in Strasbourg France with stained glass and ornate details.
These baths are part of the Strasbourg experience. Don’t miss them!
Photo: Valentin F.R. (Flickr)
  1. Discover the local food scene.
  2. Spend an afternoon at the Alsatian Museum, housed in 16th and 17th-century timber buildings.
  3. Visit the Fontaine des Zurichois which was inaugurated in 1884.
  4. Check out the popular Municipal Baths, which are said to be an excellent example of Strasbourg’s architecture and heritage. This venue features ceramics, marble, stained-glass, and vaults.

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Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Strasbourg

I sure hope this guide made it easier for you to figure out where to lay your head in this ridiculously charming Alsatian city! If you’re still wondering where to stay in Strasbourg though, may I suggest the Régent Contades, BW Premier Collection?

If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, then The People Strasbourg totally has my vote!


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