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Where to stay in Strasbourg: Hotel LÉONOR

A few years ago, we noticed a very small tree had grown on the façade of the former police station, located at number 11, rue de la Nuée Bleue in Strasbourg. The building, which stood unoccupied from 2010 to 2017, has since been completely transformed after four years of renovations. The little tree has disappeared, and the old police station has been turned into a beautiful 4-star hotel.

Hotel LÉONOR, which opened at the end of 2021, was conceived as a lively hub, open to the people of Strasbourg. The contrast between the majestic 19th-century façade and the contemporary lobby makes for a very promising first impression.

The wings of the building are centered around a large interior courtyard. On the ground floor, you will find the hotel’s lounge bar, as well as a restaurant with its very own culinary signature.

The LÉONOR’s “Anytime” menu should satisfy any craving, no matter the time of day. Our favorite part was the tea-time pastries, like the Chocolat pralinéglace noisette, which consists of a hazelnut dome adorned with chocolate petals, along with hazelnut ice cream. We enjoyed this with a cup of Marco Polo, a fruity black tea from Mariage Frères. If felt like the height of luxury when Jérôme said, “Stephanie, you have a little gold leaf on your lip…”. 

In the evening, we enjoyed the lounge atmosphere with a couple of spicy cocktails, like Ninette à la Cour (with black tea-infused vodka, ginger liqueur, pear, spiced syrup, and lemon), and Les Amants Magnifiques (with mezcal, mango extract, chili tincture, agave syrup, and lime).

The hotel’s interior was designed by world-famous interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel, who flawlessly combines tradition and modernity. His design studio has taken a less formal approach to decorating this historical space, in order to create a more laid-back setting. This esthetic dialogue with the building’s past is part of the LÉONOR’s identity.

For overnight guests, there are a total of 116 rooms over 3 floors, ranging from classic rooms to more luxurious suites.

As soon as we had made our reservation, the questionnaire sent to us by e-mail set the tone for our stay. Every effort was made to ensure that our check-in went smoothly, and to anticipate our needs and wishes for our stay in Strasbourg.

The interior of the rooms feels modern, featuring a combination of warm hues like ochre, natural and untreated materials, as well as both vintage and custom-made furniture. These rooms were made with tranquility, refinement, comfort, and relaxation in mind.

In each room, there is a rec ochre accent wall with a motif that looks as if it has faded with time, reminding us that this place is full of history

The former residence of Marshal Léonor Marie du Maine de Bourg (Governor of Alsace, then Marshal of France), whom the LÉONOR owes its name to, has changed significantly since his time. This formerly private mansion, which has been tastefully transformed into a chic contemporary hotel, is a worthy heir to its rich history, and truly lives up to its promise to be the new place to live in Strasbourg! The little tree, which had piqued our curiosity back then, was in fact a sign that something exceptional was going to happen here, although we didn’t know it at the time.

We’ll probably be back soon to try the out the restaurant menu – created by Michelin-star chefs Nicolas Stamm-Corby and Serge Schaal, and enjoy the outside seating in the courtyard.

We particularly enjoyed

  • The meticulously thought-out interior decoration that is respectful of the building’s past 
  • The welcoming, attentive, and friendly staff 
  • The modern, relaxing, and muted ambiance

Hôtel LÉONOR
📍 11 rue de la Nuée Bleue, Strasbourg

We stayed at the hotel LÉONOR in the winter of 2022. This article reflects our personal opinions and has not been written in exchange for any form of compensation

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Hotel collection: Amerikalinjen, Oslo

Amerikalinjen is a 4* boutique hotel ideally located in the very center of Oslo, in the former headquarters of the Norwegian America Line, whose legendary cruise ships transported travelers from Norway to America throughout the 20th century. 

The neo-baroque style building was first unveiled in 1919, at a time when transatlantic voyages crystallized the dreams and ambitions of thousands of Norwegians, who set off towards a new world of opportunities, spurred on by the American Dream. 

The red façade of the building is adorned with marine elements and references from Greek mythology, such as Tritons and Nereids.

The interior, which has been very tastefully renovated, has preserved the spirit of the building all while adding an elegant touch of modernity. The design is exquisite, refined, and functional. Nothing is superfluous or ostentatious, and everything has been conceived for guests to have a good time and a comfortable stay.

The flawless stylistic transition from one space to the next – the reception, lounge, bar (Pier 42), restaurant (Brasserie Atlas) and rooms – is in line with the esthetic heritage of 20th-century cruise ships. The decor combines luxury (with high-end materials such as velvet, leather, or marble) and urban minimalism (subway tiles, monochromatic palettes with colorful accents, patinaed mirrors and industrial style light fixtures).

Massive trunks serve as coffee tables in the reception lounge, and a common room on the 2nd floor (British 1st floor) has been refurbished with wooden interior taken from the Norwegian America Line’s last ship. 

The rooms are very comfortable and stylish, they too having been inspired by the cabins on the ships sailing between Norway and the US: a large bed, beautiful desk, details in black and white, blonde wood, furnishings and light fixtures by Norwegian designers, and floor-level shower room. Once you’ve slipped under the covers of the lovely, soft bed, you feel as though you’re aboard a motionless ship. 

The staff (at reception and breakfast) are wonderfully welcoming, attentive, and responsive. 

Breakfast – which is currently being served on trays due to Covid restrictions – is generous and varied. The servers pay particular attention to food intolerance and allergies

Amerikalinjen is the perfect place for a cozy getaway. You can stay for one or more nights, take in the atmosphere while having dinner at Brasserie Atlas, or enjoy a cocktail at Pier 42.

We particularly enjoyed

  • The location at the very center of Oslo: just across from the train station, and a mere stone’s throw from the Opera house and the vibrant neighborhood of Bjørvika
  • The marine decor and esthetic (most notably the courtyard conservatory, the perfect place to enjoy your breakfast)
  • The warm and welcoming staff

Hotel Amerikalinjen
📍 Jernbanetorget 2, Oslo
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We stayed at Amerikalinjen in the summer of 2021. This article reflects our personal opinions and has not been written in exchange for any form of compensation.