Around 150km south east of Paris, the ancient town of Troyes (pronounced as ‘tw-uh’) is an absolutely delightful place to visit with its mix of narrow cobbled streets, ancient buildings and most exciting of all, the patchwork of 16th century half-timbered buildings painted in bright colours. Step back in time with our guide to Troyes and its hotels.
Troyes Hotels and Accommodation
You’ll find a mixture of hotels in Troyes, from small and cheap traditional guest houses to modern boutique hotels and the larger chain hotels. Troyes is a relatively small city so most hotels are within walking distance of the historical center.
To experience the best that France has to offer, immerse yourself in the history and culture staying in one of the historic hotels in the centre of Troyes, or if you prefer your modern comforts you’ll find a good selection of well know chain hotels in Troyes aswell.
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Clarion Collection Hotel Saint Jean Troyes ~ €95/night
If you’re looking for something that blends modern comforts with French Style then the Clarion Collection Hotel Saint Jean Troyes is an excellent choice with rooms from 95Euros/night.
There you can enjoy modern, luxurious french design in the heart of the city. It’s respected as one of the best 4 star hotels in Troyes and has among other things a jacuzzi and gym.
Best Western De La Poste Hotel Troyes ~ €100/night
An alternative is the popular Best Western De La Poste Hotel, also in the town centre with its rooms from around 100Euros/night.
Its an excellent choice if your looking for a reliable international chain close to the towns historic attractions and restaurants. Hotel facilities include parking, internet and air conditioning in most rooms.
Hotel Arlequin in Troyes ~ €55/night
The independent Troyes hotels are generally more basic, but are also a lot cheaper and often just as pleasant. Try the colourful Hotel Arlequin Troyes from 55Euros/night on the edge of the old town.
It’s an easy walk to the shops and restaurants and you’ll benefit from unique, individually styled rooms.
Other excellent hotels in Troyes worth considering
The cheapest hotel in town is the Hotel Le Splendid Troyes (from 35Euros) which is unbeatable in terms of value, and contrasts with the town’s flagship hotel, the 4 star La Maison De Rhodes Hotel Troyes (from 209Euros/night).
Things to do in Troyes
Troyes will delight not just history and architecture enthusiasts, as its charming streets with small individual shops and cafes will capture the heart of anyone who goes there. Most visitors are happy to simply pass time exploring the narrow streets and passageways, with some of interest and delight almost everywhere you turn, making it a particularly joy for anyone with photographic inclinations.
Combined with the mixture of modern and traditional shops and cafes, there is plenty to keep you busy.
If you enjoy museums, then the town has 6 museums covering various aspects of the town’s history such as the Historical Museum of Troyes and the Hotel-Dieu-Lecombe Apothecary (medical museum), but also including the Saint- Loup Museum of Fine Arts and the Musee d’Art Moderne.
The town is also home to world’s champion chocolatier Pascal Caffet whose shop on Rue de la Monnaire will put a grin on any chocoholics face.
Where to Eat
Aside from sampling the pastries and chocolates of Pascal Caffet, there are many good restaurants in Troyes, mainly serving traditional French cuisine. As with many destinations in France, you need to watch out for the tourist traps, which may look good but tend not to deliver such good food as some of the restaurants catering for local clientèle. For excellent French food, try Le Clos Montabert on rue Paillot de Montabert, or enjoy the fun atmosphere at Le Jardin Gourmand on the same street.
When to go
Troyes is pleasant and lively all year round but to enjoy it at its best you need to go when the weather is warm and sit outside in a cafe soaking up the atmosphere. Summer is therefore perfect, but you’ll get better deals on hotels and less crowds of you avoid school holidays.
If you’re planning a holiday in France and love history and character, also check out Provins and Eguisheim, or read our France guide for help finding fantastic France Hotel Deals and inspiration for planning your trip to France.
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