Concierge.com's insider take:
There's nothing trendy about the Hôtel le Cep, a collection of handsome town houses near the Hospices de Beaune built between the 14th and 16th centuries. Unlike at many new designer hotels, where showy public spaces are all too often underutilized, guests here regularly congregate in the leafy garden courtyard and the maze of wood-paneled salons ornamented with giant Gothic fireplaces and original oil paintings. Each of the 57 guest rooms is conservatively decorated with antiques, thick curtains, and plush carpets, often in shades of gold and scarlet. Deluxe rooms are $70 more per night than a standard room but are worth booking for the extra space (320 square feet compared with a standard room's 225), king-size canopy or four-poster beds, carved wooden armoires, gilt mirrors, and bathrooms with tubs and double sinks. Breakfast is served in a 16th-century stone loggia, making it worth the extra $30 in summer; at other times of the year, consider grabbing breakfast at one of Beaune's dozens of attractive cafés. Expect quietly professional, Old World–style service, and plan to dine at the Loiseau des Vignes—the standout restaurant that helps cement Hôtel le Cep's status as Beaune's top hotel.—David Downie
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