Burgundy is rural France at its best for wine lovers. Ancient villages huddle along the roadsides, surrounded by fields and forests. If you approach from Paris, rugged and wild terrain gives way to vine-clad hillsides, with their orderly rows. It's exciting to cross the slopes of the Hautes-Côtes, descend past the village of Savigny-lès-Beaune and enter the walled city of Beaune. This is the Côte d'Or, the heart of Burgundy, and here are our suggestions on where to stay.
HÔTEL LE CEP
27 rue Jean François Maufoux, 21200 Beaune
Telephone: (33) 3-80-22-35-48
Old World tradition and elegance are the hallmarks of Le Cep, where each of the 64 rooms and suites is named after a village or vineyard in Burgundy. It boasts a guest book of famous names, but more important is the attention to detail in the rooms: air conditioning, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, wood beam ceilings and 17th-century decor. Le Cep also has two private meeting rooms, a small fitness room, two courtyards and an indoor garden. The breakfast buffet, served from 7 a.m. until noon, is an additional $25. More than 125 wines are offered by the glass at the hotel's restaurant, Loiseau des Vignes. There is also parking.
HÔTEL DES REMPARTS
48 rue Thiers, 21200 Beaune
Telephone: (33) 3-80-24-94-94
Located just inside the ring road that defines Beaune proper, this small hotel makes a well-priced home base from which to explore the region. Each of the 22 rooms in the restored 17th-century building is unique, but the overall aesthetic is French country-chic, with exposed beams, antique details and wood or tile floors; all the accommodations have modern bathrooms, and some have flat-screen TVs. For quiet, specify a room that overlooks the lovely courtyard rather than the road, and in the heat of high summer, you'll likely want to ask for one with air conditioning. A responsive, English-speaking staff and Wi-Fi are bonuses. -J.F.
L'HÔTEL DE BEAUNE
5 rue Samuel Legay, 21200 Beaune
Telephone: (33) 3-80-25-94-14
If you want to be at the center of the action, L'Hôtel de Beaune is the place. A refurbished 19th-century house, it also offers the height of luxury. Each room, decorated in leather, mahogany and marble, boasts a king-size bed, air conditioning, CD-DVD player and high-speed Internet access. Across the courtyard, the Bistro de L'Hôtel serves refined French cuisine and more than 1,000 wines. Room service is available during restaurant hours. There is also a coffee shop, adjacent to the bistro. L'Hôtel is a favorite of wine industry professionals and collectors.