In March 2015, we spent a weekend in Strasbourg to attend a show. Our choice for the hotel came to the Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Île located right in the heart of the city.
Sofitel Strasbourg – The Arrival
We came by car and the parking entrance is on the back side of the building. It is not cheap, but very safe: a code is needed to enter and to exit the parking, and the code is changed every day. As always at Sofitel, the service is great. If you are in a hurry, you can opt for their valet parking service and somebody will take care of your car. The checkin was smooth and very professional. Employees are extremely polite and have the “french touch“. As soon as the formalities were completed, we were offered a voucher for a welcome drink at the bar (one of the privileges to hold a platinium card). The lobby is spacious and spread over two floors. A modern style were you can relax in front of a fireplace.
Sofitel Strasbourg – The Junior Suite
We booked a Junior Suite that could accomodate the four of us. The room had a corridor with a separate toilet, a living room with a small desk and a convertible sofa for the kids. Of course, flatscreen tv, minibar and complimentary Nespresso machine are part of the package. It was still quite small for a Junior Suite, especially when the sofa was converted into bed.
The bathroom had a tub and a separate toilet, but the style was cheap and old- fashioned and was not matching the standard of the hotel.
Sofitel Strasbourg – The Bar
Before dinner, we had a drink at the bar. We were pleasantly surprised. The choice of drinks was really good, and they had several Champagnes. But above all, the service was outstanding. The barman was extremely polite and professional, explaining the cocktails and describing the different Champagnes.
After a nice cocktail and a glass of Champagne, we headed to the restaurant:
GoH (Guest of Honor)
To put it simply, the value for money is amazing. The dinner menu comes at 39 euros and you get an appetizer, followed by a choice of starter, a choice of main course and a choice of dessert. Every dish was tasty and nicely presented. “Mignardises” are served with coffee or tea to finish the dinner. They have a nice choice of wines on the menu, we opted for a Riesling from Alsace. Our kids had salmon as main course and ice cream for dessert. Service was good so we spent a very nice evening.
Sofitel Strasbourg – Breakfast at GoH
Just like the dinner, breakfast was at GoH was great. There was a nice choice of pastries, juices, fruits, cereals and hot items. There was a corner with Alsatian specialties as well as products for people with special dietary needs.
We had a great weekend break and would definitely stay here again. And bumping into Véronic in the hotel lobby, that really was the icing on the cake.
Pros and Cons:
+ Patio for warmer days
– Outdated bathroom and toilet
Where to find the Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Île:
4 Place Saint-Pierre Le Jeune
Phone: +33 (0) 3 88 15 49 00
Strasbourg Entzheim International Airport: 20 mn by taxi
Strasbourg Train Station: 10 mn walk