Avenue d’Alsace, angle 1 rue Grillenbreit, 68000 Colmar, France
While in Colmar, we decided to stay somewhere that we rarely choose to – an apart hotel. The advantage of an apart hotel is that you not only get a standard room with all the usual bits and pieces but you also get a kitchen thrown into the deal. With being situated down the road from a top class market, this was a welcome change to have cooking facilities.
The hotel we chose, the Appart’hôtel Odalys La Rose d’Argent, sits just across the main Avenue d’Alsace, a main road beside the centre of Colmar. Just far enough out of the town centre to give you a peaceful stay but close enough to explore the centre whenever you like.
The staff on check-in gave us a code along with our room key cards that allows you to enter the building after 10pm, when the check in closes. The hotel houses a fitness centre along with a nice sized pool with the breakfast area situated directly opposite the desk, at a surcharge.
Our room was on the first floor and easily accessible via the lift or stairs. The one criticism that I would have of the hotel is to do with the lift. Given that there’s only four floors in the hotel that means there is only one lift for the entire place. Quite often we would find the seemingly endless amount of maids waiting to transport the cleaning carts into the lift, a minor annoyance.
The room itself was a really good size. The kitchen area is stashed away in a cupboard area, similar to how they are in Parisian apartments. The kitchen consisted of a fridge, induction two-ring hob, a sink, microwave, dishwasher and a good selection of knives. You also get a chopping board, cutlery, serving ware and scissors which really come in handy. Do remember to use the extractor fan when cooking to avoid any unnecessary fire evacuations!
It’s a good space in which to spend your holiday, especially if you plan to be here for a few days. The only slight irk within the room is that the TV is fairly small but also a fair distance from the bed. Also the soundproofing within the apartment isn’t the greatest but we had no issues getting a good nights uninterrupted sleep.
Around the hotel there is a supermarket across the Avenue d’Alsace for anything that you can’t find at the central Marche Couvert. Also there is a bakery directly opposite the hotel which sadly was closed when we arrived due to problems with the oven. Still, in Colmar, you’re never far away from a good slice of cake.
The hotel is rated 4 star and for me, that’s a little generous. The rooms are superb for cooking and a decent nights snooze but the lift access and thin walls let it down slightly. That said, I wouldn’t hesitate to return here on another visit to the wonderful town of Colmar.
2 night stay €130 (£113) plus city tax €4.80 (£3.98)
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