Sunday, 17 July 2016

Best Western Citadelle, Besançon

The Best Western Citadelle hotel lobby in BesançonIf you've checked out my Instagram or Twitter over the past week, you'll know I'm currently in the South of France - and loving every second of it!  However, before reaching the beautiful Côte d'Azur area, a brief stopover was on the cards in the French city of Besançon.  Not much was required of the stay other than comfort and silence before moving on, though the Best Western Citadelle hotel went one step further and also offered an ideal location and pretty amazing lobby.
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The hotel can be found tucked away behind a fairly unassuming exterior near the heart of the city, with most sites within walking distance.  Speaking of which, the receptionist pointed out a handful of recommended restaurants, including Al Scirocco, a cosy pizzeria packed full with wooden furniture and interesting knick-knacks (for example, a giant clamshell hung above my head).  Now, I'm fairly loyal to my weekly Domino's pizza delivery, however this pizza was all kinds of special.  If you find yourself in the city of Besançon with a craving for wood-burning oven-baked pizza that challenges the capacity of your stomach, Al Scirocco is the place!
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After an entirely peaceful sleep in Besançon, it was time to continue en route to the South of France!  Needless to say, I'll be blogging about my time spent in Sainte-Maxime later on, though in the meantime be sure to keep an eye on my Instagram...

Best Western Citadelle
13 Rue de Général Lecourbe 
25000 Besançon
France

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Hi Gabrielle. I have visited Besancon 3 years ago. Is a very beautiful city. This hotel is really nice. Have a nice day, kisses,
    Eni

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  2. Wow beautiful professional shots!! Well done!

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  3. Now that is beautiful! Hope you're having an amazing time!!

    Renee | Life After Lux

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  4. Wow this lobby is probably the cosiest one I've ever seen. Would definitely not mind visiting :D

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  5. This is absolutely stunning-and is that an espresso machine in the corner in that one picture? Everything seems so so chic! Have fun.

    Katelyn
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  6. Love the architecture and the design of this hotel, and your striped breton top goes perfectly with the South of France! Hope you're enjoying your stay so far. - Tasha

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  7. Looks amazing. I hope you enjoy every moment of it. I'll be looking froward to seeing more photos!

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  8. These photos are so dreamy. The whole place just looks beyond divine!

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  9. i'm so jealous! wish i was going to the south of france http://www.fionnac.com

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  10. I hope you enjoy every moment in South of France and have a beautiful end of the week!
    Keeping a eye on you!:*

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  11. Wow, this place looks so lovely! The light fixture clusters are such a fun idea. Is that last photo the view from outside? What a dream. I hope you're enjoying your trip!

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  12. I'm not really familiar with Besançon so I appreciated this little intro to the city. And this has to be the nicest Best Western I think I've ever seen. The Best Western chain in the US totally pales in comparison! Enjoy the rest of your time in the South of France, Gabrielle!

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  13. I always love when a hotel has incredible decor and to think it's a best western too! One seriously impressive lobby. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!

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  14. Love this amazing blog, the pictures are beautiful, thanks for sharing!!!

    xxx

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  15. Wow, this takes me back! I used to have a good friend called Denis who lived in Besancon and we stayed at his place en route to skiing in the Pyrenees. I'd love to go back one day and this hotel looks like a great place to stay

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  16. I love the interior of this place. I don't think I would ever want to leave the corner with sofas and book shelves.

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  17. I wanna see that place, so perfect!

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  18. How can you not share a picture of the pizza? Hahaha
    I can't wait to see more of your trip to France!

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  19. Beautiful building and I love your outfit.

    Love
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  20. What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing x

    Blessings,
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  21. that lobby is pretty amazing indeed! I do like the decor...How nice of receptionist to point out local restaurants for you. I did the same when I worked as a receptionist last month, I always tried to give good dinning recommendations.

    You always look lovely...that basic casual look (jeans and striped tee) looks so timeless on you. Something about that last photo just screams model to me!

    Looking forward to reading about your journeys in the South of France.

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  22. The interior of the Best Western is so stunning. Our Best Westerns in the States NEVER look this gorgeous. What a lovely place to stop over and enjoy some peace and quiet.

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  23. Good looking hotel with an old world charm. Love it and love your instagram feed too, I'm following.

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  24. beautiful pictures !! making me want to go on vacation

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  25. Those cool lamps though! I have never been to France, but I would love to go there one day! It maybe a bit dangerous in Paris, still I want to go :)

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  26. beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!
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  27. I love the interiors with bookcases!
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  28. I'm so glad to hear that you're loving the south of France! You look beautiful as usual. These photos are stunning!

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  29. What beautiful furniture. I hope you have a great time on your trip. :)

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  30. Oh how I love to discover blogs with beautiful travel diaries such as this one. I don't think I'm following you on Instagram but I'll most definitely be heading that way to do so now. This hotel looks awesome and I cannot wait for my trio to Italy next year.

    Have a great day
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  31. Stunning & super stylish place !
    Lena
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  32. Thie lobby area is really amazing. I like your striped T-shirt, Gabrielle. Enjoy your trip. xx
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  33. I was pleasantly surprised by many Best Western hotels I have tried so far. Enjoy your time, I will be going there very soon too, and I really cant wait.

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  34. It looks amazing, very elegant and cozy! You look very pretty. Followed you on Bloglovin sweetie!

    xo
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  35. Looks like a lovely place to stay Gabrielle and so unique. Gemma x
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  36. I have always been under the impression that Best Western is just an average hotel but I guess I was wrong as the place looks so lovely! Have fun, Gabrielle!

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  37. Totally gorgeous!! :)

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  38. Hi Gabrielle. Lovely photos. It looks like a lovely place to stay. The pizza sounds so mouthwatering from your description!
    Please stay safe whilst in France

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  39. The place looks so good, love how they seem to mix contemporary details with a bit of history! Love it! Xx

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  40. You always share some amazing hotels. I can't wait to visit France some day. Great shots and enjoy your holiday. :)

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  41. This looks like such a sweet town and the hotel looks so cool and comfortable! That corner with the books and floral rug is calling my name. Gorgeous shots!

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  42. looks like a wonderful place to stay! :D

    Have a great week!
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  43. Oh my gosh, this hotel is beautiful.
    LaToya
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  44. Wow I can't believe that's a Best Western! It looks so nice! Can't wait to see more photos from your travels!

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  45. Your photos are amazing. Kinda makes me want to pack my bags and book a trip to France ASAP. :D
    Enjoy and keep on sharing!

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  46. looks really fun! love your photos! have fun in south of France.
    x, Ivana
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  47. The hotel seems perfect! What a lovely little library. I have never been to Besançon but it sure looks worth a visit. Hope you have a lovely week!
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  48. I saw it on instagram! Loving the photos!!
    Have a great time!!

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  49. Ugh I am so jealous of your trip!! My boyfriend's parents just took a month long trip through France and their pictures were incredible!

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  50. You are so lucky to be in France! I cannot wait to visit, too. This place and hotel looks so beautiful. :)

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  51. I've always loved the south of France, but I never went to Besançon. Both the hotel and the streets look beautiful!
    xx

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  52. Oh how fancy. :) Consider me completely jelly.

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  53. Such a gorgeous hotel!! love the design, excited to read about the rest of your trip!


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  54. Gabrielle, your photos are like works of art! Thank you for sharing Besancon, and happy travels!

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  55. This looks like such a lovely stay. I'm kind of surprised by the decor in this hotel since the Best Westerns I've seen in the states are pretty average. This one looks much better. Hope you're having a great tip!

    -M

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  56. I'm most definitely putting the south of France on my travel wishlist! I'm always jealous that you're lucky enough to only live a quick Eurostar trip or flight away from the gorgeous plains of Europe! ;)

    X

    Anjelique

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  57. okay, ah, I love all the books, and those light fixtures and the wingback chairs and the detail of the bar and your hair and your style and... oh my goodness France looks amazing. so envious of you xX

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  58. Such a beautiful hotel !
    I do really miss my country.
    xx,
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  59. This looks so lovely - I love the hanging lights.

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  60. Such a gorgeous place/location!! <3

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  61. You always go to the most fabulous places! This is such a gorgeous hotel and looks like a lovely place to stay too. x

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  62. Enjoy your holidays! I hope that one day I can also visit Besancon.

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  63. Hi dear! I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying your fabulous holidays! I could tell by that picture you posted on IG where you're on a boat ;) It all looked so dreamy!
    This hotel seems really cozy and relaxing, and isn't that what we look for when we're on holidays? Hop you keep enjoying your summer days, dear!
    By the way, I just wanted to let you know that my blog is having some technical issues with the hosting server that are too long to explain, but it should be back by the end of the month. :)
    xx

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  64. The hotel looks stunning as does Besançon! ♡

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  65. What a gorgeous hotel and location! <3 Great post as always lovely!
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  66. Beautiful photos! I'd love to have a library room in my house one day! I hope you're having a lovely time! All of your Instagrams are making me so jealous! I can't wait to hear all about your trip :) xx

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  67. Oh, what an amazing beautiful place! And you are staying in a wonderful hotel going by the pictures. Have a lovely time!
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  68. Great post! I love it so much.


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  69. Glad to see you're all well and having a great time in South France. Please share more of your travels, as I've seen your IG and the places you've visited were magical.

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  70. Hi Gabrielle,I've been enjoying glimpses of your travel through south of France on your instagram, I took a road trip there a few summers ago and have been wanting to go there again ever since! I envy you got to stay at such beautiful hotel though ;) Looking forward to see more of Sainte-Maxime soon ;) ow! and how appropriate your outfit - very french! :)

    Have a great Friday!
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  71. If you have to stop over somewhere, I can't imagine a place dreamier than this
    Thanks for sharing, such beautiful photos

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  72. Oh I am so jealous! It's been ages since I've been to the South of France! Love your striped top, too!

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  73. Looks like a nice place to chill!
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  74. Looks amazing! I can't wait to keep reading all your travel posts! x
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  75. I've never been to Besancon, but it looks like a pretty cool place. I love these photos, btw, because they really capture the atmosphere of the place! Also I like how the receptionist pointed out a couple places to go, because I feel that finding lovely helpful staff members always makes trips much easier.

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  76. Total hair goals! So gorgeous. I love the light fixtures . Very cool!

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  77. Such a nice hotel! I love unique little accessories in interior design. I hope you had a great time there!

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  78. So beautiful the decor looks so great, stay fabulous!

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  79. that place definitely looks awesome!
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  80. You find such amazing places! This looks so cute, I can just imagine having a nice coffee and a book in that chair!

    Charlotte xx

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  81. oh this is looking so beautiful, I have to visit it some day :)
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  82. I love the little library room at the hotel which just looks so cosy! Those pizzas sound absolutely delicious too, you can't beat one that has been cook in a wood burning stove if you ask me :) x

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  83. Love this hotel and the lobby, almost a library. Enjoy your trip!

    Jasmine x
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  84. Feels like I could spend long times to read the books behind you if allowed.
    And, we also have Domino's Pizza here haha


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  85. Beautiful design, cool lamps :)

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