Dining room featuring a large spiral staircase with abstract curving wood panels
(Image credit: Helene Hilaire)

A former royal stud and equestrian academy built in the 18th century, this haphazard yet majestic establishment in Strasbourg has been converted into a 55-room hotel by the cancer research centre, IRCAD, that operates next door - with the aim of hosting visiting surgeons, among others. The original façades, roofs, monumental entrance gate and grand stables have all been preserved, while inside, Paris-based design firm Jouin Manku has created a pared-back, contemporary aesthetic. In the former stables, a dramatic staircase takes centre stage, surging up to the brasserie's first-floor dining area. Exposed wooden beams feature throughout, while leather, from the nearby Tanneries Haas, together with oak and metal are recurring elements in the guest rooms. The mix of comfort and modernity has given this cathedral to equestrianism another crack of the whip.

Alternative view of the staircase looking up towards exposed wooden beams

(Image credit: Helene Hilaire)

Bedroom with furniture in natural tones and featuring exposed beams

(Image credit: Helene Hilaire)

Dining area with furnishings in natural, pale tones and featuring exposed wooden beams and a vaulted ceiling

(Image credit: Helene Hilaire)


Photography: Helene Hilaire


23 Rue des Glacières