Léonor, a living space more than a hotel in Strasbourg

Three centuries of history offer us this hotel like no other, located in the center of Strasbourg. A first exterior façade with its 19th century tumbled stone columns stands before us without any distinctive sign. Only a medallion carved on top of the wall seems to indicate a courthouse. Then, the passage of a former coachman transformed into a glazed chamber gives access to the hotel. A real bond and dialogue between the city and the establishment. Welcome to the Leonor hotel. Detail review with Katya Pellegrino

A lobby designed as a living space

a hot lobby

As soon as you cross the air chamber, a huge hall lined with 4 m high glass arches frames a perspective surrounded by a second 18th century tumbled facade that faces us from the other side of an internal courtyard with 500 m² of vegetation.

The illusion of continuity between interior and exterior is reinforced by the paving of the land, composed of old cobblestones or pebbles cut for the occasion.

The inner courtyard with its striped facade

To the left of the lobby, a row of industrial-looking spaces with raw black ceilings begins with a bar and its massive, carved wooden bar, where benches await the guest with immobile impatience.

Here we experience the hotel as a breath of fresh air, a decompartmentalization, a hybrid luxury where everyone can appropriate the space.

Bar, brasserie and restaurant anchored in cozy modernity

The entrance to the Bar and Restaurants

The bar extends into a kind of open and cozy brasserie.

The eye is then captured by the sets of seats at different heights and in different materials that exude a warm and welcoming atmosphere, reinforced by the large bay windows overlooking the garden, a true well of natural light.

Colored glass suspensions add a special glow at night.

Rugs tossed here and there support tables with black marble tops streaked with white. Large leather, nubuck or wool armchairs welcome guests for a cocktail or an aperitif at dinner.

All under the benevolent gaze of a Kachelofe clay stove that dates back to local tradition. This friction between epochs opens up a fertile dialogue. Here the sandstone and wood of the Vosges bring this land back.

Finally the restaurant appears. Different place, different style. It projects a calming look with its vanilla wood false ceiling and carved medallion. Long benches in mouse-gray and pearl-gray velvet run past the windows. Echoing the sober white-topped tables and fluted chairs, their silent silhouettes stand out.

The breakfast

Facing them are a few low tables accompanied by Swedish-style sofas and brown leather chairs, completing this bright space.

Restaurant room prepared for breakfast

A simple and tasty menu

In the brasserie part with soft light and garden views

It is Nicolas Stamm and Serge Schaal, chefs at the “Fourchette des Ducs” in Obernai, who sign a menu entitled “Anytime”, brilliantly executed by the duo Axelle and Mathias Stelter. Allows everyone to have snacks between 12pm and 10pm. Whether at lunch, with daily suggestions, at tea time with pastries by chef Mattiheu Bray or at dinner.

A gourmet chocolate hedgehog-style dessert

Next to the essentials, we discover one of the chefs’ signatures with frog legs with parsley, salmon trout tartar, Bibeleskaes emulsion or foie gras speculoos and Berawecka. For tonight we are going to taste a sublime beef rib from Simmerthal with its mashed potato and small potatoes and a snacked turbot! A delight.

Contemporary and comfortable rooms

A cozy and relaxing suite

The 116 rooms reflect the spirit of Jean-Philippe Nuel, who did a remarkable job here.

Sandy colors, light wood, modern simplicity of the meridians, wallpaper in soft colors envelop these bubbles of happiness in a comforting softness. A cocoon interior where it is good to take refuge at night.

One of the cozy rooms

A little of history

The inner courtyard with its striped facade

Originally, the hotel was the home of Marshal Léonor Marie du Maine du Bourg (1655-1739), Governor General of Alsace and then Marshal of France. It became a high place in Strasbourg and its preserved historic facade from 1732 is still present at the back of the courtyard. In 1789 she it became the Strasbourg Courthouse, then in 1823 the city’s Palace of Justice and finally from 1897 a police station that will remain until 2009 after having launched a competition to give another dimension and life to the building.

My opinion :

A well located hotel, with a different concept, a more open and free luxury where you feel good.

Cozy universe where you have fun. Bright rooms, very comfortable and very well arranged and decorated by the architect Jean-Philippe Nuel, the catering is creative and tasty.

From Paris very easy to reach in less than 2 hours by train.

Things to do in Strasbourg and surroundings:

Go for dinner at Yvonne, an institution and traditional restaurant “Winstub” from Alsace, which has remained in its own juice, with typical dishes from the area (ham, black pudding, liver dumplings, sauerkraut, veal head…

10 Rue du Sanglier, 67000 Strasbourg

T°: +33 3 88 32 84 15

THERE ARE beautiful things to see in the city and in particular the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Petite France district, stroll through the typical alleys of the city, the Gutenberg square of the famous printer, the Carré d(Or not far from the cathedral with the typical names of the streets (rue des Orfèvres, du Chaudron, du Sanglier and du Temple Neuf) visit the Vauban dam.

Then leave the city and discover the small villages of Obernai and Molsheim, located about thirty kilometers from Strasbourg.

Typically Alsatian, they display beautiful alleys and half-timbered houses and for Obernai it is also partially surrounded by walls.

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