Abbaye de la Pommeraie, Sélestat, France – Hotel Review

By Christian Stampfer on 25 September 2012
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Sélestat is a small town located in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, not far from Freiburg (Germany) and Strasbourg (France).  It is home to nearly 20.000 inhabitants and offers its visitors a number of cultural sightseeing opportunities, including the Humanist Library (Bibliothèque Humaniste), which dates back to the year 1441.

In the course of its eventful history, Sélestat, as well as the entire Alsace-Lorraine area, was ruled multiple times by France as well as by the Holy Roman Empire.  Despite its proximity to Germany, my drive to Sélestat, along with Frequent Business Traveler editorial director Jonathan Spira, was also my first visit to France.

Not far from the center of the city is the five-century-old guesthouse of the Ancient Baumgarten Cistercian Abbey, now a hotel, the Abbaye de la Pommeraie (Pommeraie is French for apple orchard).


Our Garden Room was decorated with light-colored wood paneling and had a rustic, country-like feel.  Each room is decorated individually.  We were told that the ceiling beams were several centuries older than the Abbey.

The windows provided an excellent view of Sélestat and of the garden below.  Two glasses of wine and some cakes awaited us in the room.

To say the room was generously sized would be an understatement.  The two, comfortable, queen-size beds were on one side of the room, with plenty of space between them.  On the other side, towards the window, was a pleasant sitting area with a sofa and chair, and a wardrobe and desk dominated the other wall.

The bathroom was also large and featured a tub with a hand shower but no separate shower.


An elegant wooden desk across from the beds, was paired to a non-ergonomic wooden chair with a fabric covered seat.  It would have been more than large enough for work had the flat screen television not taken up about half of its surface.

The only disappointment about the hotel was the speed, or lack of, provided by the wireless Internet connection.  At best, the download speed was 0.46 Mbps and upload was 0.04 Mbps.  But we were not there to work.  We were there to enjoy the food.

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