If you’re exploring Burgundy wine country, the beautiful city of Beaune is a must on your itinerary. Here in the wine capital, visit the magnificent Hospices de Beaune, famous for the annual charity wine auction, before checking out the local street market or ducking into a homey restaurant for classic Burgundian fare washed down with the local wines.

The place to stay in Beaune is Hotel Le Cep, a historic hotel right smack in the thick of things. (Read the first-hand account of France Today Editor-in-chief Guy Hibbert here.) A member of the Châteaux & Hôtels Collection, Hotel Le Cep is a luxurious four-star property with affordable room rates (starting from 153 euros per night).

Two 16th century mansions were joined together to create the hotel, and many of the original architectural details are proudly showcased. Each of the 65 guest rooms including 29 suites is uniquely decorated with lovely antiques. Names are inspired by local villages and Grand Cru wines: Think “Chablis”, “Clos Vougeot”, “Romanée Conti”, and “Charmes Chambertin.”

Facilities include a fully-equipped fitness area, a new massage salon, and conference rooms for business meetings and events.

An added bonus is that the Michelin-starred Loiseau des Vignes restaurant, managed by the illustrious group Bernard Loiseau, is located inside the hotel. Don’t miss a meal here!

Hotel Le Cep arranges a number of special packages like the “Escapade in Beaune” which includes a welcome gift, a self-guided tour of the Hospices de Beaune, a visit to a wine cellar with a tasting of prestigious wines, and a gourmet meal with one of the hotel’s partner restaurants.

Hotel Le Cep, 27 Rue Maufoux, 21200 Beaune. Tel: +33 3 80 22 35 48. www.hotel-cep-beaune.com/uk/

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