I was privileged to stay at Maison Bellevue and enjoy the great atmosphere in the town during the annual Munster Jazz Festival. This place is perfect as a base for exploring Alsace and the surrounding areas. Each apartment has two bedrooms, TV, kitchen, living area and great views over Munster town.
We spend a very lovely week in the largest apartment in the Maison Bellevue. The place were nice and clean, and the kitchen were equipped with every thinkable contraption. The place were clearly rather old, with nice, quaint furniture and decorations. We loved it, and we loved the large veranda / porch overlooking the garden pond, the mountains and the city of Munster. Brilliantly situated on the brink of the Vosges mountains, the Alsace wine route and the old city of Colmar are literally only minutes away.
A couple of helpful notes:
We arrived late saturday evening, and found all supermarkets in the vicinity closed on sundays. On the internet, we found information indicating that a large Super U were open in Saint Dié, but after driving for almost an hour over the mountains, we found the place severely closed. Munster has lots of places to eat, so ate well here instead.
If you decide to go to the local outdoor public swimming pool, remember to bring the proper swimming gear. Our two boys aged 11 were told to leave the place, as they did not wear the proper tight fitting swimming shorts that were regulated - I had misinterpreted the sign outside! After a fruitful discussion with the manager, we got a ticket for another day, and bought the proper suits beforehand.
We stayed in the 2nd floor family apartment.On the outskirts of Munster it was perfectly placed for exploring the wine route and for getting hold of all the essentials for a self catering stay (a Super U within 5 minutes). It was also peaceful with good views of Munster. We were not so keen on the furnishing of the apartment, dated but not in a good way and certainly less comfortable than home. The double bed was firm with a thin mattress, the main living area was a kitchen dwarved by a kitchen table and chairs. There was a settee in the kitchen but it was uncomfortable as were the chairs for the table. The balcony is directly off this room and is lovely in the morning but in the heat of the day, it has no shade so may be a problem for people who cannot tolerate direct sun. If, when reading the details of the apartment, you notice there is no mention of bathroom, this is because there isn't one. To access the toilet you use a swing door which hangs about 30 cm from the floor - this is the modesty door for the shower which lies between the swing door and the toilet door and is immediately opposite the living area - it really is a bit odd. The toilet is beyond another door but has no basin so you have to use one of the basins in the bedrooms - not ideal for hygiene. The kitchen area had plenty of pans, plates and coffee makers but was less forthcoming on kitchen utensils and the means to make a family meal. Ok for 2 but I wouldn't have wanted to cook for the 4 people which could use this apartment. All of it felt a little outdated and rundown.
Outside, you have the opportunity of using the barbecue beside the lake but we didn't - it's a bit of a walk down to the lake and the garden furniture needed a good clean.
The family staying below us barbecued on one night - their outside area was bigger and had a barbecue but it was directly below our balcony, it meant we got the smoke from the barbecue and the family noise. Just something to consider if you are looking for complete privacy
Gabrielle and Yoli are welcoming and helpful and we did enjoy our stay but it was not the most comfortable holiday I have had and it certainly cannot be described as luxury. If you enjoy quirky and a well placed apartment then this is the place is for you - if you like a comfortable settee to relax into at the end of the day, perhaps not.
This accommodation was a little tired but it was also inexpensive and the host was helpful with her advice. We found numerous things to do in the area but I would recommend you have a car. Not being a huge tourist town, there were not that many people who spoke English but I liked this because it forced me to practice my French.
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We had a memorable 4 day stay in this delightful boutique apartment which had all the amentities we needed. Close to town but with a rural feel and lots of easy walks to neighbouring villages. The hosts are French and Australian and were very helpful in suggesting day excursions and places to find good local produce. We had a car so could explore the local WW1 sites and visited the nearby Alberrt Schwietzer house and museum in the village of Kayserberg.