La Citadelle: Where to Stay (and Eat!) in Metz, France

La Citadelle, Metz

On a recent trip to the Lorraine, Luxury Travel Advisor checked into La Citadelle, a luxury hotel-cum-restaurant that’s housed in a historic-listed monument. (We highly recommend checking out the exhibit entitled “1917” that’s currently showing at Centre Pompidou-Metz, an easy trip by TGV from Paris.) Once the supply arsenal and barracks for the military in the 16th century, the impressive building has been transformed into a mecca for foodies by chef Christophe Dufossé and his wife Delphine.

The hotel’s restaurant-- Le Magasin aux Vivres—is the only Michelin-starred eatery in town. One of the highlights on the menu is a creative deconstruction of the Quiche Lorraine, the region’s signature dish that’s a symbol of France itself. The dish uses all the same ingredients—the cheese, buttery crust, bacon bits—but it’s elaborated into an artistic, gourmet creation topped with sprigs of lettuce and small spring onions.

Sleep off your food coma upstairs in one of the 79 guest rooms, decorated in a contemporary style with all the creature comforts you’d expect at a luxury four-star hotel. At breakfast, you may become so smitten with the homemade jams that you’ll want to make a b-line for the hotel’s boutique to pick up some to take home. For more information about the property, a member of the Chateaux & Hotels Collection, visit www.citadelle-metz.com

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