Photos courtesy of Hôtel Le Château Fort
Double rooms: 67–129 euros
Suites: 127–199 euros
Packages and last-minute options available
Open: all year
Sedan is just short of the border with Belgium. From the A4, exit “Sean Château Fort.” Sedan also has a railway station.
On site: guided, torch light tours of
Nearby: hiking; golf; climbing; horseback riding; kayaking
What can a town do with a huge fortress dominating it? By turning it into a museum and terrific accommodations, its preservation is guaranteed for centuries to come.
Not only that, but this castle hotel is a superb value. Classified three-stars, guest rooms vary from small to large. Taking advantage of the medieval architecture, rooms can feature parts of the original walls. Windows are small, in keeping with the defensive nature of the fortress. If the rooms seem dark, just remember where you are! Decor is on the older side of contemporary; bathrooms are modern, but can be a bit small. Some rooms feature old fireplaces.
An excellent restaurant is on the premises.
Classified as a monument historique, this is the largest fortress in Europe.