With its unique location only a short walk away from all the medieval attractions of Colmar and its own historic charm, Le Maréchal could easily have rested on the appeal of its privileged surroundings. Yet the most memorable aspect of our visit remains the thoughtful personalized service that we enjoyed throughout our stay. When the friend who joined me on this visit to Alsace called to alert me that he had been seriously delayed, I asked the receptionist to change my dinner reservation to a table for one and to expect a late evening arrival. General Manager Alexandre Bomo overheard the conversation and immediately informed me that he was ordering from the kitchen an assiette gourmande to be prepared for the delayed guest. The assiette in question turned out to be a sumptuous cold platter of paté de foie gras (goose liver paté), smoked salmon and an assortment of the best local charcuteries and cheeses. It materialized along with a basket of the appropriate bread for each and a glass of excellent pinot noir, shortly after my friend checked in. At Le Maréchal, it was clearly unthinkable that no matter how late the hour, a guest would not receive the warmest of welcomes, and even more so that he should risk going to sleep hungry.
Romantik Hotel Le Maréchal was Alsace at its most beguiling, perfect for a romantic interlude, a friends’ get-together or special occasion celebration. Or for enthusiastic oenophiles among us, a de rigueur stop in the “capital” of Alsace’s Route des Vins (wine road). It was a warm and cozy country inn in one of the best locations in town with an outstanding view, comfortable accommodation with a modern bathroom and superb service.
Class Of Accommodation Four star boutique hotel
Concierge Brigitte Lamberger
Connectivity There was complimentary WiFi connectivity in my room. Service was reliable, speed was moderate.
General Manager Roland Bomo
Handicapped Access No. Because of its historic monument status, Le Maréchal is precluded to make the necessary architectural alteration to its 500-year-old buildings to ensure a fully handicapped-friendly environment.
Length Of Stay Two nights
Location In the heart of the historic center of Colmar, a one-mile taxi ride from the train station and a 10-minute walk from the farthest of the many artistic and architectural treasures of the city.
On-Site Manager Alexandre Bomo
Owned / managed The Bomo family
Pets Allowed Yes, there was a nominal charge for post-visit room cleaning.
Size The four story property had 30 guest rooms including two suites and a restaurant that could sit up to 80 guests and included a seasonal terrace. It employed a staff of 35, including 20 restaurant personnel.
Year Opened-Renovated The property opened in 1972 as a casual riverside restaurant that quickly evolved into a country inn. It was purchased in 2000 from the original owner Gilbert Bomo by his brother Roland. It has since been fully renovated and is now the object of meticulous on-going upkeep that respects its official historic monument classification.
Room My 25 square meter (270 square foot) room, Number 70, was a cozy L-shaped nest tucked under the eaves at the very top of the property. Its two dormer windows draped in heavy tan and burgundy striped satin opened onto an expansive view of the roofs of the old town. Floor treatment was similar to that in the common areas (deep burgundy wall-to-wall carpeting covered with plush oriental rugs). The walls and ceiling were rough white plaster that set off the heavy ceiling beams and the half-timbered exterior walls. The king size bed with its tall, intricately carved oak headboard was recessed in its own nook. On both sides, corner nightstands held reading lamps with candlestick bases topped by silk shades. The bed was covered with a quilted spread in a contemporary pattern of bold burgundy swirls on cream background. The remainder of the room furnishings was Louis XV style, which gave an eclectic feel to the rustic environment. It included two crimson velvet gateleg chairs with open wooden arms. They sat by a round writing table draped in a floor length cloth matching the bedcover with burgundy overlay. A four-drawer bureau served as base for a widescreen television. Wall hangings included two contemporary oil paintings with floral themes and a small Louis XV mirror in a gilded frame with matching shelf.
At lunch and dinnertime, L’Echevin became a superb restaurant that has repeatedly earned multiple Gault et Millau and Michelin awards.
Facilities There was a restaurant, L’Echevin, and a seasonal riverside terrace.
Date Of Review September 2012
Reviewers Article and photographs by Josette King
Service Excellent. Every member of the staff with whom I came in contact during my stay was genuinely friendly and thoughtfully proactive. The room was serviced daily.
Would You Stay There Again? Yes