Hotel Cour du Corbeau is one of the oldest hotels in France, having begun its life in 1528 as an inn or relay station for people traveling by horse-drawn coaches. One can count among its illustrious guests, the Duke of Bavaria in 1570; in 1647, Henri de la Tour d’Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne, who was later named a Marshal of France for his military victories in the Thirty Years’ War and the wars against Germany; Frederick II (King of Prussia) and Voltaire.
The Cour du Corbeau was turned into a glass factory in 1852, but fell into disrepair in the early 1980s. In 2006, an investment group purchased the property and turned it into a four-star hotel. The building was completely renovated and re-opened as a hotel in 2009.
Cour du Corbeau: central location yet quiet
Cour du Corbeau is one of the best places to stay in Strasbourg. It lies only a few minutes from the Strasbourg Cathedral, which was built from 1190 to 1439. Strasbourg Cathedral is the highest medieval building in Europe. Within walking distance too is “La Petite France”, the historic medieval neighbourhood of cobblestoned streets and half-timbered houses, now filled with cafes, restaurants, hotels and shops.
When you arrive at Cour du Corbeau, the first thing you see is the little 16th century courtyard around which the 57 rooms and 19 suites overlook. There are five room types: Classique, Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suite and Suite.
When I stayed at the Cour du Corbeau, I was afraid it would be too noisy but to my surprise, the rooms were insulated well enough to keep out the noise of guests arriving and departing. The rooms are quite modern and well-furnished with large comfortable beds and all the modern conveniences that you would expect from a recently renovated hotel. Breakfast is served downstairs in a lovely room and outdoors as well if the weather permits. In foul weather, you can hang out in the tea salon and enjoy Alsatian pastries and tea, and later in the evening, have wine at the bar.
What I like about the Cour du Corbeau is that it is so easy to walk to the main sights of Strasbourg yet the hotel itself is very private and peaceful. When you walk in the centre of Strasbourg you realise that many hotels are located on busy streets filled with people, lined with noisy bars and cafes — not the best places to get a good night’s rest.
If I were to come back to Strasbourg, I would definitely stay in Cour du Corbeau again. I found the staff friendly and helpful, the hotel quiet and comfortable, with a remarkable historic atmosphere. It’s not everyday that you get to stay in a place like this and for me, it remains one of the most memorable places I’ve stayed in France.
Hotel Cour du Corbeau
6 rue des Couples
+33 3 90 00 26 26