A prime location in south-eastern France with a deep-reaching history, the Hôtel d’Angleterre provides an unforgettable place to stay during your trip to Grenoble. Whether it is for work or play, gaze out from your balcony to see the Hausmannian streets alongside unrivalled views of the Alpine peaks.
TEXT: KATE HARVEY | PHOTOS: HOTEL D’ANGLETERRE GRENOBLE
Cyril and Cilia Sarrasi have been running the hotel since 2011, but its history extends back much further. Built in 1891 at the heart of Grenoble, it is one of the oldest hotels in the whole city – and the romantic Haussmann façades are effortlessly French. “We updated the rooms at the end of 2013, but ultimately we kept the rattan furniture to preserve its original charm,” explains Mr. Sarrasi.
An unrivalled winter location
For Grenoble’s famous Christmas markets, the hotel couldn’t be more primely positioned in the Place d’Hugo square – making it a great spot for a festive visit. “Guests can see the illuminated market stalls and fir trees from their balconies,” explains Mr Sarrasi. Lyon St. Exupéry airport is also easily reachable via train, tram and car.
“Grenoble is both culturally and environmentally rich,” explains Mr Sarrasi. “Visitors have endless outdoor activities available on their doorstep, but it’s also brimming with fantastic museums such as the Dauphinois Museum. In spring, we also partner up with Street Art Fest, making it great for visitors to stroll through Grenoble, looking for urban art.” Furthermore, enjoy skiing on some of the world’s Olympic-level slopes, canyoning, kitesurfing across Alpine lakes, or a simple walk in the Alps to marvel at their beauty.
Savour the local customs
Fancy a tipple of the local Chartreuse liquor, or a bite of some delectable Royans ravioli? The hotel works in partnership with a number of local restaurants, so every night, guests can try some of the regional delicacies. “We’re always happy to offer advice about the region,” says Mr Sarrasi. “We also have a discount on the Bastille cable car, which provides breathtaking views over the Alps,” says the owner.
Great deals on local amenities
Whether you’re visiting to relax or to work, the hotel accommodates wherever possible. Guests can choose from room sizes ranging from single, double twin and family sized, and they can also make use of the local gym for a discounted price. The hotel offers a range of other discounts for guests, including one child under three can stay for free and enjoy a free breakfast.
Fully equipped with a desk, free WiFi, a flat-screen television, air conditioning, a safe and a hairdryer, guests are made to feel more than comfortable. For a little more luxury, choose a deluxe room which includes a sitting area, welcome tray, minibar, bathrobes and spa bath.