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Wondering where to stay in Strasbourg for the Christmas market?
Well, you’re in the right place.
When it comes to the holiday season, few cities capture the magic of Christmas quite like Strasbourg. Known as the “Capital of Christmas,” Strasbourg’s Christmas market is a spectacle unlike any other. It’s an enchanting mix of twinkling lights, mulled wine, and festive cheer.
But the experience isn’t complete without the perfect place to rest your head after a long day of sightseeing.
I’ve been living in Strasbourg since 2019 and I know every neighborhood inside and out. I’ve also been to the Christmas market several times, so I know which areas are best for sightseeing and first-timers, and are budget-friendly.
So, if you’re wondering where to stay in Strasbourg at Christmas, this guide will help you plan your trip. I’ve included options for every type of travel itinerary and budget.
My Top 3 Picks
6 Best Areas to Stay in Strasbourg for the Christmas Market
Strasbourg offers a wide range of accommodations that cater to every taste and budget.
Whether you prefer a cozy inn beside the majestic Strasbourg Cathedral, a modern hotel with a view of the iconic Christmas tree, or a quiet guesthouse tucked away in a picturesque alley, there’s sure to be a hotel on this list for you.
So, let’s get started.
1. La Petite France: Best for First-Time Visitors
La Petite France is a quaint neighborhood most known for its colorful half-timbered houses that date to the 16th and 17th centuries. And, during the holiday season, the area transforms into a fairytale-like winter wonderland.
Here old-world charm blends seamlessly with twinkling lights and festive wooden chalets. I love shopping for Christmas gifts at the local stores and wandering the streets with a glass of hot mulled wine.
And who doesn’t love the smell of roasting chestnuts?
If you’re a first-time visitor, there’s no better place to experience the heart and soul of Strasbourg’s Christmas spirit.
Below are the hotels that I recommend in La Petite France.
✰Rating: 9.1/10 | Location: 23 Rue des Glacières | Book It
Hotel Les Haras is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Strasbourg. And you won’t find a better place to stay for the Christmas market. The rooms are comfortable, and the staff are beyond accommodating. They even have an in-house spa.
“The hotel is a first-class oasis within the city of Strasbourg. It has all the features of a 5-star hotel and perhaps one of the best spas in Europe, despite being actually only a 4-star hotel!”
Dean (Read More Reviews)
Then, there’s the onsite restaurant, La Brasserie Les Haras. It’s one of the best places I’ve been to in Strasbourg. It’s not associated with the hotel, but the staff can help you make a reservation.
Private parking is also available for an extra fee. It’s €30 per day for outdoor parking and €40 per day for indoor parking (reservations are required).
✰Rating: 9.0/10 | Location: 1 Rue du Bouclier | Book It
Hôtel & Spa Le Bouclier D’or is set in a charming 16th-century building and is a five-minute stroll from the renowned Strasbourg Cathedral. Rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated with modern amenities including a mini bar.
“The rooms were nicely appointed which reflected the area and it was very comfortable. I had a great night’s sleep (10 hours!), and I must say that the room was sparkling clean. The location is ideal since it is steps away from everything in the city.”
Alexandra (Read More Reviews)
The hotel also has a tearoom and wine bar that’s open daily from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. And their spa facilities are incredible. It’s not included in the room, but they offer a variety of packages.
Public parking is available nearby at Parcus Parking Gutenberg, but, if you prefer, the hotel offers a valet service for an extra fee.
✰Rating: 8.8/10 | Location: 5 Rue des Moulins | Book It
The Hôtel Régent Petite France & Spa is in the heart of La Petite France. It’s housed in a refurbished 17th-century mill and offers magnificent views of the surrounding area. And, best of all, access to the spa is included in the price of the room.
“Excellent location right in the center of Petite France. The staff was excellent and extremely helpful, very clean everything, nice view of the river and surroundings. The deluxe room was beautiful, and the bed was very comfortable.”
Peter (Read More Reviews)
Breakfast is available and there’s a restaurant onsite that offers snacks in the evening. Private parking is also available for €40 per day (reservations are required).
2. Grand Île: Best Area to Stay in Strasbourg for Sightseeing
Grand Île is the best area to stay for sightseeing. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is equal parts history and charm. Here you’ll find popular sites like the Strasbourg Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic design, and the Palais Rohan, an 18th-century palace housing three museums.
But my favorite attraction is the giant Christmas tree in Place Kléber.
If you don’t want to miss a minute of the Christmas market, this is the place to be.
Below are the hotels that I recommend in Grand Île.
✰Rating: 8.7/10 | Location: 4 Rue des Francs Bourgeois | Book It
Maison Rouge Strasbourg Hotel offers beautifully decorated rooms next to Place Kléber. The staff is wonderful, and the hotel’s spa adds an extra touch of luxury. It’s the perfect place to relax after a day of visiting Strasbourg’s Christmas market.
Access to the spa is not included with the room and costs €25 for 60 minutes.
“Very modern amenities, comfortable bed, room darkening electronic blinds, minibar with Nespresso coffee machine. The staff was very helpful with restaurant recommendations and directions.”
Mark (Read More Reviews)
Maison Rouge also has an elevator and is accessible for guests who have reduced mobility.
✰Rating: 8.6/10 | Location: 2-4 Rue De La Rape | Book It
Located in the heart of Strasbourg, Hotel Suisse offers a taste of tradition blended with modern amenities. But what makes this family-operated hotel stand out from the others is its variety of rooms.
You can even choose to stay in a room with a view of the Strasbourg Cathedral.
The breakfast is also incredible. They have a complete buffet full of local products.
“The hotel was so charming, and the staff was wonderful. The cafe and breakfast were exceptional. The location for the Christmas markets and visiting Strasbourg was absolutely perfect.”
Lori (Read More Reviews)
If you’re driving, Parcus Parking Bateliers is less than five minutes away and offers parking at €20 per day.
✰Rating: 8.4/10 | Location: 31 Rue Des Serruriers | Book It
Hôtel Gutenberg is next to the infamous Place Gutenberg. You’ll stay in the heart of the Christmas market and be less than a minute’s walk from the Strasbourg Cathedral. Not only that but the rooms are soundproofed so you won’t have to worry about getting a good night’s sleep.
“Excellent location, within walking distance of the Christmas markets, the cathedral, and restaurants. The room was spacious, high ceiling with large windows. The room was very clean and comfortable with a nice bathroom/shower.”
Nelly (Read More Reviews)
Paid parking is available nearby. The hotel suggests either parking at Parcus Parking Gutenberg (€46 per day) or Parcus Parking Austerlitz (€20 per day).
3. Neudorf: Where to Stay in Strasbourg on a Budget
Staying in Neudorf offers an enticing alternative for budget-conscious travelers. The neighborhood is home to a unique mix of traditional Alsatian houses and modern architecture.
It’s about a 15-minute walk from the Strasbourg Cathedral and La Petite France. There are also plenty of trams that will bring you downtown in less than five minutes.
Neudorf doesn’t have a ton of attractions, but there are lots of bars and restaurants to choose from. I, personally, love how quiet it is at night. The Christmas market can get hectic so staying in a calm area means you’ll be able to completely relax at the end of the day.
Below are the hotels that I recommend in Neudorf.
✰Rating: 8.3/10 | Location: 46 Rue du Bassin d’Austerlitz | Book It
There are quite a few hotels in the area, but the best is Okko Hotels Strasbourg Center. I stayed here for one night and I absolutely loved it.
The staff were friendly, the rooms were modern yet comfortable, and the buffet breakfast was incredible.
It’s right next to the Winston Churchill tram station, so if you’re coming from Strasbourg Central Train Station, it’s very easy to reach.
There’s even a fitness center and business area with computers if you need them.
“Lovely friendly welcome on arrival. Our room was just perfect and had a very contemporary design. We had a great view over the water from our balcony and breakfast was great to set us up for the day.”
Duncan (Read More Reviews)
4. Krutenau: Coolest Area to Stay in Strasbourg
If you want to escape the Christmas market crowds, but still be close to the center, then Krutenau is for you.
This charming neighborhood offers a combination of tradition and culture with a touch of modernity. There are tons of restaurants, shops, and bakeries – all set in half-timbered houses. And, during the festive season, the colorful lights and decorations add something extra to the area.
You’ll find riverside bars with heated terraces along Quai des Pêcheurs. And, if you’re looking for one of the best traditional Alsatian restaurants in town, stop by Restaurant de la Victoire. It’s one of my favorites.
Below are the hotels that I recommend in Krutenau.
✰Rating: 8.7/10 | Location: 5 Rue des Bouchers | Book It
Hotel Beaucour offers a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of Strasbourg’s Christmas market without being too far from the main attractions. Rooms are spacious and decorated with traditional Alsatian furniture. It feels very cozy, and the beds are incredibly comfortable.
“Everything was perfect. We had a great room, very spacious, clean, and quiet. This was our second stay at this hotel, and we can’t recommend it enough.”
Elizabetta (Read More Reviews)
Breakfast is available but most people who stayed here said it was very basic. If you want something more complete there are tons of nearby cafés along Rue d’Austerlitz.
5. Quartier de la Gare: Best Area in Strasbourg for Short Stays
Quartier de la Gare is the district next to Strasbourg’s Central Train Station. And it’s excellent for short stays or anyone who plans on visiting other villages in Alsace by train.
There aren’t tons of tourist attractions here, but Place Kléber is only seven minutes away by tram. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars in the area.
Not only that but Quartier de la Gare offers a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets.
Below are the hotels that I recommend in Quartier de la Gare.
✰Rating: 9.0/10 | Location: 2 Place de la Gare | Book It
The eco-friendly Hôtel Tandem is an excellent accommodation choice. It’s convenient, affordable, and well-connected.
The rooms are modern yet inviting and spacious. There’s also a buffet breakfast featuring homemade, local, and organic produce.
“This place is simply great. Everyone is friendly, the rooms are awesome, it’s close to the train station, and I slept great. Breakfast is nothing short of astounding.”
Johnny (Read More Reviews)
Public parking is available nearby at Parking Sainte-Aurélie for an extra fee.
✰Rating: 8.5/10 | Location: 16 Rue Kuhn | Book It
I’ve stayed at so many Best Western Plus hotels during my travels, and they never disappoint.
The Best Western Monopole Métropole has contemporary-styled rooms with a cozy feeling. The staff are friendly and welcoming. There’s even private underground parking, which is rare in Strasbourg. There’s an extra fee (€17) and, if you want to guarantee a spot, you should make a reservation.
“Wonderful location, an easy walk from the train station and to the Christmas markets. The people who work here made it an even more delightful experience with their advice and explanations of the area. The room was perfect in every way. The breakfast was spectacular.”
Donnam (Read More Reviews)
6. Quartier Européen-Orangerie: Where to Stay in Strasbourg for Families
The Quartier Européen-Orangerie in Strasbourg is an oasis for families. It’s a beautiful district that is calm and quiet. It’s home to the European Parliament as well as Parc de l’Orangerie, Strasbourg’s largest and oldest park.
This is a large neighborhood, so you’ll want to choose your accommodation carefully. If you stay too close to the European Parliament, you’ll have a long commute to the Christmas market. Public transport is available, but it gets crowded this time of year.
Below are the hotels that I recommend in Quartier Européen-Orangerie.
✰Rating: 8.6/10 | Location: 8 Avenue de la Liberté | Book It
The Régent Contades, BW Premier Collection offers soundproofed rooms that are comfortable. There’s also a private parking garage for €30 per day.
It’s located in the Neustadt district, which borders Quartier Européen-Orangerie. So, you’ll have access to all the Christmas market festivities without being too far. The staff are helpful, friendly, and accommodating to large families.
“Very comfortable room, quite spacious. Everything was very clean. There was complimentary tea and coffee, which was good to have on a cold night after walking all day. The beds and pillows were super comfy. The staff was polite and helpful. Location is great, we had a view of the cathedral and the canals.”
Claudia (Read More Reviews)
✰Rating: 8.1/10 | Location: 23A Rue Oberlin | Book It
Ibis budget Strasbourg Centre Republique is an eight-minute walk from the beautiful St. Paul’s Church. The rooms are modern, comfortable, and clean. It’s an excellent choice for those traveling with little ones.
And, if you need more than one room, it’s very affordable.
“Amazing hotel, very close to public transportation, a few minutes on foot from the center and the cathedral church!! They held our baggage almost all day! They offer amazing hospitality!”
Polly (Read More Reviews)
The nearest tram stop, Parc Du Contades Jean Kahn, is a three-minute walk from the hotel.
Tips for Visiting Strasbourg at Christmas
✓ Wear a Warm Jacket – At Christmas, temperatures in Strasbourg hover around 6 degrees Celsius (43 degrees Fahrenheit). So, if you want to stay warm, I recommend wearing a thick jacket.
✓ Book Hotels Early – Accommodation fills up quickly at Christmas. So, you should book your hotel as early as possible.
✓ Make Reservations for Restaurants – I always make a reservation before going out to eat in Strasbourg, especially during the holiday season. I use a website called The Fork, but you can also call or book on the restaurant’s website.
✓ Learn Some French – While English is spoken in Strasbourg, learning a few words in French will go a long way. A simple “Bonjour” or “Merci” is more than enough to make someone’s day.
✓ Try Traditional Alsatian Food – Traditional Alsatian food is very hearty. And, of course, winter is the best time of year to eat it. Some of the most popular dishes include tarte flambée and choucroute garnie,
✓ Wear Comfortable Walking Shoes – While Strasbourg is very walkable, there’s a lot to see this time of the year. So, a comfortable pair of shoes is essential. I also recommend bringing a pair of boots, in case it snows.
✓ Take Lots of Pictures – Strasbourg has so many Instagrammable places. And, at Christmas, the decorations are incredible.
✓ Visit Early in the Season – If you want to avoid the crowds, I recommend visiting the first two weeks of December.
✓ Take Day Trips – There are tons of day trips from Strasbourg. Not only that but many other towns in Alsace also host Christmas markets. I recommend booking the Alsace Christmas Markets Day Tour so you can visit more than one village.
✓ Parking – While some hotels offer parking, many don’t. Luckily there are tons of public parking garages. Parcus provides a complete list so you can choose one that is close to your hotel.
FAQs about Where to Stay in Strasbourg in December
Where is the main Christmas market in Strasbourg?
The main Christmas market in Strasbourg is in front of the Strasbourg Cathedral. But you’ll also find markets in Place Kléber, La Petite France, and Place Broglie
What is the best part of Strasbourg to stay in?
The best part of Strasbourg to stay in is La Petite France and Grand Île. Both are centrally located and near the top attractions.
Conclusion: Where to Stay in Strasbourg for the Christmas Market in Winter
Strasbourg has a wide variety of accommodation options for travelers who are visiting its Christmas market. But my ultimate favorite is Hotel Les Haras. It’s well-located, the staff is incredible, and the rooms are comfortable. Staying here will guarantee an unforgettable trip.
Then, if you’re looking for something more affordable, I recommend Okko Hotels Strasbourg Center. My stay there was incredible.
Whether you’re planning a family holiday or a luxurious vacation, there are tons of great places to stay in Strasbourg for the Christmas market.
Now that you know where you’re going to stay it’s time to start organizing your itinerary.
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