by UK Flower Girl
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
March 29, 2004
It was early evening and we decided to stay in the Riquewihr area. The Sarment d’Or caught our eye, so we went in to see about a room. The owner was working in the kitchen and came out to see what he had available. He had one room for three left for the night so we went to see the room. We decided to think about it, but the man misunderstood? us and gave us a key and the code for the front door. It was a decent place to stay, but we didn’t want to take the first place we came to. We decided to keep looking and if we found something else we would just return the key.
After a drive through the surrounding villages and viewing two others, we decided that it was a good price in a good location in the middle of town, so we took ourselves back to Riquewihr to settle in.
Reception was a small area at the front of the hotel. There were nine rooms available, but we only saw five rooms, so there must have been rooms in another area. The rooms were all named after a flower and had a picture of the flower on the door. Ours was called Hortensia and was located on the top floor.
Entering the room, the bathroom was off to the right—it had double sinks, toilet, bidet and a bathtub with no curtain. Off to the left were two bedrooms. The first bedroom was a small cove with a single bed and a small side table. The second bedroom was a double room with a pretty double bed, armoire, TV, and side tables. The entire room had old wooden timbers. (Our room is actually the room shown on their website). The colour coordination and decoration of the room did leave something to be desired. It was turquoise and the décor was sort of mismatched. The overhead light was modern and there was a boat picture on the wall that just didn’t go with the old Alsatian look.
Breakfast was 8€ each. It consisted of a breadbasket, one slice of ham for each of us, a tub of natural yogurt, a plate of cheeses, jams and butter, juice and coffee or tea. We felt a little bit cheated, but we knew to expect this in France.
My mother-in-law asked about the structure and history of the building. It is actually three old houses that were renovated to make one larger hotel/restaurant. The garden area was glassed in to make the reception area and the stairs were added for access to the upstairs rooms.
Overall, this is a nice place to stay. It is in a great location just off the main street and near to car parking. It is quiet and spacious for three people. The only negative was the narrow winding staircase—carrying luggage up and down was no treat.
From journal European Road Trip