The Hostellerie Les Bagenelles is a three star hotel with the “Ecolabel” label in Saint-Marie aux Mines. Saint-Marie aux Mines is located in the Val d’Argent, which owes its name to the silver mines that were exploited there in the 16th century. Today, these mines are no longer in activity but can nevertheless be visited: I advise you to do so (see links of the articles in the location paragraph below). This corner ofcentral Alsace is often forgotten by tourists because it is outside the Wine Route, but it is worth a visit: for the mines, of course, but also for the green nature of the Vosges… The motorcyclists and hikers are not mistaken and are numerous to come to furrow the pretty roads of the Vosges mountains, and in particular the famous Route des Crêtes.
If you want to come to the Val d’Argent, theHostellerie Les Bagenelles is a nice and quiet place to stay, a few minutes drive from the center of Saint-Marie aux Mines and from the Crêtes road. It is run by Birgit, who is very considerate and has good advice if you are looking for ideas of things to do in the area.
The Hostellerie les Bagenelles has been awarded the Ecolabel, which attests to the respect of an environmental charter. For example, the hotel has set up a compost, chosen only low-energy electrical appliances, implemented solutions to avoid consuming too much water, and uses cleaning products that are non-polluting in both their design and use… Really interesting!
My room at the Hostellerie Les Bagenelles
The rooms of the Hostellerie Les Bagenelles have recently been completely renovated in a spirit of “wood, nature and animals” which fits perfectly with the place. It’s modern, quite simple but with nice decorative touches. I really liked it! I had for example a big map of the area above my bed (decorative version, not a vulgar paper of course!), rather nice to find one’s way and to dream about the next hike. As far as comfort is concerned, nothing to say: the room was very pleasant.
The bathroom in my room was quite original: toilet, sink and shower area are in separate areas and are not all in one room. It’s a bit surprising but not annoying, unless you come with someone who has to get up earlier than you to take a shower for example (but on vacation this is rarely the case, right?). Finally, I had a large balcony shared with the occupants of the other rooms.
Hostellerie Les Bagenelles offers a half-board formula, which costs only 10€ more per person than if you did not take the meal. I tested this formula and had a good dinner composed of three dishes, quite simple but qualitative. At the Bagenelles restaurant, you will not be looked at in a negative way if you are vegetarian or vegan… The teams have been trained to learn how to cook differently and even offer an à la carte vegan menu!
The only drawback is that the restaurant room (which is also the breakfast room) is not very cheerful: unlike the rooms, it has not been renovated and is therefore a bit old-fashioned.
The breakfast served is a good buffet, on which there are many organic and local products. You will be able to taste for example organic fruit juices, artisanal cold cuts from a local butcher, yoghurts from a local farm, cereals, dried fruits, cheeses, breads and pastries… It’s good and hearty!
As I mentioned above, we are not in Sainte-Marie aux Mines in a tourist area. We will privilege this localization for a weekend in the green and in the peace. This does not mean that you will be bored, quite the contrary! Think of mine visits, the Tellure Park, hiking, the Route des Crêtes but also for example a segway trip with Birgit’s husband, who organizes segway activities in the area!
- Decoration and comfort of the rooms
- Quality of the breakfast
- Good value for money of the half-board formula
I liked less
- Dated decoration of the restaurant
- Unstable Wifi
My photos of the Hostellerie Les Bagenelles
The price for one night is 78€ per person for a double room with half board (dinner and breakfast included for both people), or 156€ in total. For a single person, it is 90€. Finally, in a quadruple room, it is necessary to count 68€ per person and per day.
Book your stay at Hostellerie Les Bagenelles
The address is: 15 La Petite Lièpvre 68160 Sainte Marie aux Mines. You have to count:
- 40 km from Colmar (about 50 minutes)
- 75 km from Strasbourg (about 1 hour)
- 89 km from Mulhouse (about 1h15)
It is possible to park in the parking lot inside the hotel.
By public transport
This is not ideal!