The French region of Alsace is well known for its Christmas markets thanks to the historic Germanic cultural influences as well as the proximity to Germany.
But the Christmas markets in Alsace are unique in many ways, especially with respect to local specialties. Colmar is a wonderful small city known for its beauty and traditional cuisine.
In this guide, I recommend hotels near Colmar Christmas Market in the Old Town and Little Venise District.
Hotels near Colmar Christmas Market
Six Christmas markets in Colmar take place throughout the historic city centre in late November and December. Anywhere in what is known as Vieux Colmar (Old Colmar) is a convenient area to stay.
But you might also like to stay in La Petite Venise, which is the beautiful canal district and home to one of the city’s six Christmas markets.
Top PickJames Boutique Hôtel Colmar
Address: 15 rue Saint-Eloi, Colmar
The James is one of the few boutique hotels in Colmar and it’s the most highly rated. The hotel is located within 5 to 10 minutes of Place de la Cathedrale and Place des Dominicains, the location of two of the most popular Christmas markets in Colmar. La Petite Venise is only slightly further. The James Boutique Hotel is a relatively new hotel in Colmar and the rooms are modern with sophisticated elegance.Check Availability
Location of James Boutique Hotel
Relais & Châteaux La Maison Des Têtes
Address: 19 Rue des Têtes, Colmar
This luxury hotel in Colmar is situated in one of the best locations in the city, near Place des Dominicains and the Christmas markets. The hotel is within one of the most famous buildings in Colmar, La Maison des Têtes, a historic Renaissance monument dating from 1609. The rooms and service are exceptional, everything you would expect from a 5-star hotel.
Ibis Styles Colmar Centre
Address: 11A Boulevard du Champ de Mars, Colmar, Alsace
If you’re looking for a budget hotel in Colmar and don’t mind staying in a chain hotel, the Ibis Styles is a nice hotel in an excellent location near the Champs du Mars park and a short walk to Colmar Christmas Market. Little Venice and the Fishmonger’s District are 5 minutes away. The Ibis Styles rooms are basic yet modern and clean.
Hello Colmar, Duplex Cathedrale
Address: 6 Rue des Serruriers, Colmar, Alsace
This large, split-level apartment is one of the best value-for-money places to stay in Colmar. Located halfway between Place de la Cathedrale and Place des Dominicains, in the absolute centre of Colmar, the location is perfect for both short and long stays. The 2-bedroom apartment sleeps up to 8 adults, so this is a great option for those travelling in a group or with family. The apartment is very well looked after, clean, tidy, spacious and fully equipped.
Where to Stay in Colmar for Christmas
La Petite Venise: Nestled in the heart of Colmar, La Petite Venise is a charm personified. Canal-side dining, cute boutiques and half-timbered houses make it a top choice for your stay. During Christmas, the area turns into a festive spectacle, making it a compelling choice when figuring out where to stay in Colmar for Christmas.
Old Town: Colmar’s Old Town is a sight to behold. Its cobblestone streets, festooned with Christmas decorations in winter, make it perfect for a relaxed stroll. You’ll come across countless independent shops, cosy cafes and museums like the Unterlinden and Bartholdi museums. Here, you’re in the centre of it all.
Quartier Saint-Léon: A bit quieter than the bustling Old Town, Quartier Saint-Léon still brims with historic charm. It’s got its fair share of cafes and restaurants, and the Parc du Champ de Mars is perfect for a leisurely afternoon walk.
Quartier des Maraîchers: If you’re a fan of unique art galleries, you might want to consider Quartier des Maraîchers. It’s got a laid-back vibe and hosts many art and craft workshops.
Quartier Saint-Joseph: Known for its residential feel, Quartier Saint-Joseph might be a good fit if you’re after a quieter stay. It’s close enough to the action to be convenient but far enough away to give you a break when you need it.
Quartier Sainte-Marie: Rounding out this list is Quartier Sainte-Marie. It’s got everything from green spaces for relaxation to cool bars for enjoying the nightlife. And with the Christmas season casting its magic over the area, you’ll feel like you’re part of a winter wonderland.
For more information on spending Christmas in Colmar, read my detailed overview of the Alsace Christmas Markets or this Colmar Christmas Market guide that includes dates, the six locations, things to do in winter and Alsatian food specialties you might like to try.
Alternatively, discover different places to go with my guide to the French Christmas markets.
Map of Colmar City Centre
Responsible Travel Tips
Here are a few ideas on how we can travel more responsibly in Colmar and Alsace.
Select Hotels Mindfully: Consider hotels that prioritise environmental sustainability in Colmar. Look for places with green certifications or transparentness about their sustainable practices. These could include renewable energy use, waste reduction, or the use of local and sustainable materials.
Reduce Food Waste: When dining out in Colmar or cooking with local produce, try to minimise your food waste. Plan your meals, order only what you can eat, and remember to take your leftovers home – they can make for a tasty snack later!
Adopt a Sustainable Diet: The Alsace region, including Colmar, is known for its rich culinary tradition. You can opt for plant-based dishes made with local and seasonal ingredients to reduce your carbon footprint.
Use Sustainable Transport: While exploring Colmar, consider getting around on foot or by bike. The city is quite walkable, and there are many bike rental services. For longer distances, the public transport system in Alsace is excellent and reduces emissions compared to private vehicles.
Fly Less: If you’re travelling from within Europe to Colmar, consider taking the train instead of flying. It might take a bit longer, but the lower carbon emissions make it worth it, and you get to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.
Support Local Community: When you’re choosing where to stay in Colmar, consider accommodations run by local families. They often provide a more authentic experience, and your money goes directly to supporting the local community. The same applies to shopping – buy from local artisans and producers whenever possible. This supports the local economy and reduces the carbon footprint associated with transporting goods.
Head over to Colmar Tourism for more information on things to do in Colmar, where to stay and the latest winter events.
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Recommendations are independently chosen based on personal travel experiences and extensive research. This post contains affiliate links to hotels in Colmar, France. This means I get a small commission from any bookings at no extra cost to you.