Hotel Information

Reunion Headquarters will be Hotel de la Cathédrale (our experience in 2009 there was excellent). It is in a beautiful setting overlooking the cathedral and is rated the  Number 1 Hotel in Metz by Trip Advisor. Please note that this hotel has four storeys and no elevator.

We have negotiated a block of rooms with them at a discount of 10% from the normal rates (Check website to see normal rates). If you want to book one of these rooms, send them an email at hotelcathedrale-metz@wanadoo.fr and make sure you specify you are with the “General Navereau” group.

The following give some relevant two alternative hotels which are nearby..

  • Ibis Metz Centre Cathedrale is about a five minute walk from the cathedral and is rated the Number 2 in Metz by Trip Advisor. For those of you not familiar with Ibis Hotels, they are a budget chain with “No surprises”. Rooms are functional and clean but somewhat small by Canadian Standards. I have stayed in them several times and they are fine.
  • Grand Hotel de Metz is located on a pedestrian shopping street very close to the cathedral. The Trip Advisor Rating is a little mixed although some of the negatives seem irrelevant to us.  If any of you who have visited Metz have an opinion, perhaps you could post a comment.

3 thoughts on “Hotel Information”

  1. Although I won’t be attending this reunion, my wife and I will be visiting Metz for several days in early April. Our reservations are with the Hotel de la Cathedral, which I would recommend highly. But you should be aware that they do not cooperate with any of the popular online reservation services (maybe they’re trying to avoid participation charges?). Whatever, they do accept telephone reservations, as well as reservations arranged directly through their own website. I chose to book through their website, and I was taken aback when they asked me to send them a scan of my VISA card, to secure the reservation. We discussed this in an email exchange, and I decided to go along with it… reluctantly.

    Coincidentally, we’ll also be visiting Strasbourg, where I would recommend the Hotel Gutenberg. You can read all about both these hotels at the excellent TripAdvisor site.

    PS. In Alsace, don’t miss Colmar and Riquewihr.

  2. Hotel and Train Information:

    Norma and I just got back from three weeks in France, including three days in Metz. This time we stayed at the annex of the Hotel de la Cathedral, which was fine if you keep in mind that it’s a 17th century building. We usually prefer something newer, but the view from room 108 was incredible, and the service was most accommodating. There are several nice restaurants in the neighbourhood; we liked The Ardoise. And there’s even a place called Canada Adventure on a street between the back of the cathedral and the water… if you get home sick. Fat chance!

    If you are going to be using the TGV that goes directly between Metz and the CDG 2A terminal used by Air Canada, be advised that it uses the SNCF Lorrain Gare, which is located 30 minutes south of Metz, between Metz and Nancy. Fortunately, there is an excellent shuttle (“navette” in French) operated by the SNCF which goes between the two gares, and it’s trips are closely coordinated with the arrivals and departures of the TGV. It costs something like 4.5 euros per trip… a bargain. Until very recently, the service was offered by an independent operator, but the SNCF took it over and integrated it with their train service. The ticket is identical to a train ticket… and you even need to ‘compost’ it like a regular train ticket. We love the SNCF.

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