Far more than a mustard, Dijon is among France’s best mid-sized cities. Once the capital of Burgundy it’s beautifully preserved historic centre is jam packed with Renaissance architecture, and is perfect for exploring on foot. Situated close to one of the hearts of French wine country, it’s also a great town for culinary indulgence, and is a good base for visits to the surrounding vineyards.
In terms of hotels, you’re spoilt for choice, with both modern accommodation and more folksy, historic places on offer. A town well used to tourists, but not inundated by them, service is authentic and friendly, and you won’t find you have to book too far in advance.
Odalys City Dijon Les Cordeliers
In the heart of the city, this apartment-hotel located in an old cloister is a strange beast and an excellent bargain. The bricks and mortar of the building are old, and very clearly so: think vaulted ceilings and ancient stone. But the self-catered rooms themselves are defiantly modern. Not a luxurious place, but clean and comfortable, and complete with all mod cons you’d expect. The breakfast is also very good.
Maison Philippe Le Bon, Les Collectionneurs
Less than 300 meters from the old palace of the Burgundy dukes, this luxury hotel will have you believing you’re royalty yourself. Wearing its history on its sleeve, the building is a mismatch of styles from the different ages of Dijon, from the half-timber frames and opulent stone carvings of the Middle Ages, through to the classic elegance of the French 18th Century. The plush rooms are air conditioned, there’s a beautiful interior court yard, and a fantastic restaurant on site with an extensive wine list and that specialises in local, seasonal cuisine.
Hotel Victor Hugo
If inexpensive, cosy, and well-located are all you’re after, the Hotel Victor Hugo is an excellent bet. Located in a town house right in the middle of things, the décor may not be on trend exactly, but it’s got old fashioned French charm by the bucket load. There’s WiFi, of course, and a very good continental breakfast is served every morning, either in the dining room or brought to your room.
Hotel des Halles
For those with more modern tastes, the Hotel des Halles is a bang up to date establishment with subtly cool design flourishes, and conveniences like air conditioning, sound proofing, and flat screen TVs – and it’s not going to break the bank! It, too, is close to the centre of Dijon, boasts an onsite bar and a very good continental breakfast. The rooms are pleasantly spacious and can be reached by a lift.
Hostellerie Du Chapeau Rouge
A hotel for travellers who like their styles bold and modern, Medieval the Hostellerie du Chapeau Rouge is most certainly not. Its rooms are full of bright colours and unique artworks, but never compromise on comfort. Well insulated, they have all the facilities you could ask for. And more: there is a spa onsite, plus, the piece de résistance, a two starred Michelin restaurant attached to the hotel. It’s also conveniently close to the centre of town.