In 1988, “Strasbourg – Grande-Ile” was added to UNESCO’s prestigious list of World Heritage Sites. Defined by the boundary of the Ill River, the island, “Grande Ile”, is connected to the historic city core by 21 bridges and footbridges. Strasbourg features a remarkable collection of monuments with diversity of the heritage dating back to the Roman times and showcasing the city’s evolution from the Middle Ages to the present day. In July 2017, UNESCO extended the scope of this site to include the Neustadt District.
I call Strasbourg my “Little Village” as everything is within walking distance from the hotel. All my favorite places can be easily reach within a 15 minutes’ walk away.
Since the Middle Ages standing on a wide cobblestone square, Strasbourg Cathedral rests on the foundations of an old Roman basilica of the Rhine constructed in 1015 by Bishop Wernher, of the Hapsburg family. Destroyed by fire, the Cathedral was gradually rebuilt throughout the years. Since the reconstruction of the Choir in 1176, nearly three centuries passed before the Steeple was completed in 1439. With a height of 142 m., the Notre-Dame of Strasbourg was classified as the tallest edifice in Christendom until the 19th century.
The Petite France, formerly the millers’ and tanners’ district, is the most picturesque part of the old town, with its narrow roads and half-timbered houses which can be seen in the reflection of the canals.
Across the street from the hotel is the Saint Pierre Le Jeune Protestant Church where it is still possible to see small columns dating from the 11th century (the oldest example of its kind north of the Alps). As well, one can also view an incredible jube (an ornate partition between the chancel and nave) and frescoes from the 14th century.
Built around 1690 by Tarade, the “Barrage Vauban” was based on plans drawn by the military engineer, Vauban. From the attractive panoramic terrace at the top of the building, visitors can enjoy an impressive view over the town and its canals.
Founded in 1395, the “Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg“ (historical wine cellar) showcases the hospital’s history and its connection with prestigious wine production in the region. Here you will find fabulous masterpieces of barrel-making and even a wine dating back to 1472 – the oldest barrelled wine in the world! Thanks to the passion and drive of reputable Alsatian wine producers, the heritage of winemaking resumed operations in 1995 and continues today.
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I was born in Alsace, I grew up in Alsace and I studied hospitality in Alsace.
I have worked in Switzerland and Australia, but eventually I returned to my native country. You will often hear me say that Alsace is the most beautiful region in the world and I truly believe so.
I started my career at Sofitel Strasbourg Grand Ile 13 years ago where I started as a porter, then working up to become a receptionist, assistant reception manager and in 2009, I became the Chef Concierge. Together with my assistant, Gregory, we are proud Members of the prestigious Les Clefs d'Or representing the “Grand Est region” in France.
The Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Ile hotel welcomes you from the heart of Strasbourg’s famous Grande Ile district, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a place of historical events, where you will experience personalized service in a heart-warming and enchanting atmosphere. The hotel is conveniently located by the Kleber square, the Cathedral and Strasbourg’s trendy shopping district.
Each of the 150 rooms including four suites are equipped with Sofitel’s signature Mybed™, air conditioning, safe, complimentary WiFi, web TV, Bose music system, minibar and toiletries by Hermes.
Our restaurant, Terroir & Co, features the fine ingredients from Alsace and their producers, which are thoughtfully selected and expressed through inspired cuisine. The bar, Le Link, welcomes you into a relaxed atmosphere on the terrace for a glass of Champagne or one of our creative cocktails. For the business clientele, we have eleven private meeting rooms with natural light, integrated screen or video projection (HDMI or VGA connector), Service Meeting Concierge, on request activities and animations as well as free and unlimited WiFi access.
My favourite place in the hotel is the Urban Vineyard where you can relax all day long, reading a book and enjoying a glass of Gewürztraminer. Last but not least, I must remind you that Strasbourg is “The best kept secret in France” - so please keep the secret for yourself.
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