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Four of the best boutique hotels in Dijon

Modern boltholes are hidden behind historic facades in this French city, where hoteliers have a knack for creating stylish places to stay out of creaking 15th-century mansions and chic 1920 townhouses. 

Published 29 Jun 2021, 08:01 BST
The Vertigo is a prime example of what Dijon hoteliers do best: taking a heritage building ...

The Vertigo is a prime example of what Dijon hoteliers do best: taking a heritage building and turning it into a smart place to stay.

Photograph by Julien Dromas

1. Vertigo Hotel

Just off the elegant, tree-lined Jardin Darcy, the Vertigo’s listed 1920s building looks every bit as classical as its surroundings. But step inside, and everything changes. Stucco is souped up in dizzying, clashing patterns; surreal artwork clads the bedroom ceilings, and there are swirled-patterned carpets and fragmented mosaic bathrooms. Feeling overwhelmed? Luckily the lifts are padded, like the headboards, in soothing black textiles.

The Vertigo is a prime example of what Dijon hoteliers do best: taking a heritage building and turning it into a smart place to stay. Although it’s affiliated with Marriott, this is a local affair, owned by the Massucco brothers, who have several hotels and restaurants here.

As the name suggests, the hotel veers on the disorientating, but always stylishly so. Don’t miss Le Cigar-bar, where the seats are leather pouffes and black textiles line the walls and floor; while deep in the vaults is a cocooning spa with a cave-like pool. From €149 (£128). 

Odalys Apart’hotel Les Cordeliers is a former convent that has been converted into modern apartments.

Photograph by Odalys Apart’hotel Les Cordeliers

2. Maison Philippe Le Bon

This hotel is made up of three mansions, connected by a courtyard or garden. The oldest dates to the 15th century, but inside, bold patterns — on the chairs, carpets and wallpapers — keep things contemporary. A post-pandemic refurb will revamp it even more, while retaining features such as the beamed ceilings and period fireplaces. From €120 (£103). 

3. Odalys Apart’hotel Les Cordeliers

This former convent has been converted into modern apartments — a mix of soothing woods with pops of purple — which resemble large suites, with snug kitchenettes and living-dining spaces. Outside, it’s an architectural mix, with cloisters overlooking the lawns and breakfast served under arches. From €88 (£75). 

Maison des Ducs, which houses three contemporary apartments, is a self-catering annexe to the Hôtel des Ducs, a short walk away.

Photograph by Maison des Ducs

4. Maison des Ducs

This gently creaking, timber-framed 15th-century building is as atmospheric as the cobbled rue Verrerie outside. A self-catering annexe to the Hôtel des Ducs a short walk away, it houses three contemporary apartments. Couples will love the romantic attic double, while the first and second floor flats add sofa beds to sleep four. From €95 (£81).

All rates quoted are for double rooms, room only, unless otherwise specified.

Published in the June 2021 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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