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La Citadelle Hotel: the art of living à la française in Metz

66 cozy and spacious rooms

Right next to the historical center of Metz, la Citadelle, built in 1552, is the most ancient untouched military construction in France. The edifice, listed in the Inventory of Historical Monuments, was transformed into a 4 star hotel from the group MGallery and is home to a Michelin star restaurant. Since recently, a brand-new restaurant offering exposure to the excellence of French cuisine at affordable prices has been incorporated to the establishment.

Rédigé par Saliha Hadj-Djilani translated by Joséphine Foucher le Vendredi 11 Décembre 2015

La Citadelle Hotel: the art of living à la française in Metz
The Fortress Hotel La Citadelle is by far one of the most prestigious monuments in Metz.

Endowed with a rich historical heritage, this establishment offers 66 spacious and cozy rooms of high-design decoration with all of the modern comfort.

In this way, one can sleep at the heart of the city of Metz and access the very charming historical center of the city in a fifteen minute walk.

In a single day, it is possible to visit the famous Saint-Etienne cathedral known for its magnificent stained glass windows including some from Chagall, but also the indoor market, or the Pompidou-Metz Center, a contemporary art museum with audacious architecture, without forgetting to stroll in the many typical Christmas markets of the city.

The Citadelle is first and foremost embodied by its Director, Christophe Dufossé, a starred Chef who offers delicious French gourmet cuisine in the hotel's restaurant called “Le Magasin aux vivres”, since it served as a market before being transformed into a fortress.

“Cuisine must inspire emotions explains Christophe Dufossé, and to succeed in doing this, I prepare dishes based on high-quality seasonal produce by mixing the traditional with new ideas, flavors of the past with exotic spices.

For example, I offer an unstructured quiche lorraine that is very popular, even though its presentation surprised many when it was launched. I also use many spices from Asia, especially China because, in 2012, I opened a French restaurant in Chengdu in the Sichuan province on the 5th story of the hotel Jinjiang, so naturally these influences are felt in my dishes.”

But the big novelty of the Citadelle is “la Brasserie”, a laid-back restaurant space with the capacity for around one hundred sit-down guests that offers an affordable gourmet selection, renewed regularly, with a menu formula at just €29.

The very competitive rates of the restaurant have been prized by the Michelin “Bib Gourmand 2015” that awards affordable gourmet restaurants. We highly recommend the tuna steak a la plancha and the sesame roasted guinea fowl!

Hôtel La Citadelle : l’art de vivre à la française à Metz

Practical info

Getting there

By train:
Metz is 1 hour and 20 minutes in TGV from Paris Gare de l’Est. La Citadelle is then 3 minutes from the Metz station.

By car:
Highway A31, exit Metz, city center and hotel 3 minutes away
From the Metz-Nancy-Lorraine airport expect a 30 minutes drive.

By plane:
The Metz-Nancy-Lorraine airport is 25 km south of Metz, 35km north of Nancy.

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