The best city hotels are those that put you right in the middle of the action. Shopping, entertainment, local attractions. On that front, Vertigo Hotel & Spa has snagged the perfect spot for itself. You step out and lo! the city’s widest shopping street is yours to stroll. This is indeed the beating heart of Dijon, with the magnificent Place Darcy (18th century gates created by Henry Darcy Dijon) standing right outside the hotel:
You are one minute away from the tram station, and five minutes from the extensive Les Halles. The beautiful Cathedral and Palace of the Dukes are a pleasant 10-minute walk, with abundant stores and boutiques to engage you on the way.
As for the hotel itself, it is designed to catch and keep your attention. Sunlight bounced off the windows as I walked in, and at night, the building simply oozed romance!
Inside, the vibe is strikingly different. In contrast with the old-city setting and the classical Haussmann building, this is a true “Design Hotel” indeed. The first words that will bob up in your mind are “modern” and “contemporary.” Starting with the elevator, which lets you stare down the glass floor and up at the glass ceiling, it’s a vertiginous experience (in a fun way)! The rooms are chic and trendy, and you are sure to spend time noticing and admiring the quirky features.
The hotel’s website describes it best: “More Paris than Cote d’Or—Vertigo’s interiors are a black-and-white contrast to the exterior. The interior’s modern colour scheme is aided by Ligne Roset design pieces, suspended beds, mirror-cum-media-entertainment-system, photograph-bedecked ceilings and many other little surprises.” The little surprises included a Mac Mini and Missoni toiletries. Wifi was free, with a strong signal.
There was so much to see in Dijon that we didn’t get a chance to stay in our room as much as we would have liked. We also had to pass up the chance to enjoy the hammam and spa, which looked lovely…
Even worse, we learned only later about the hotel’s superlative surprise: you can hire a BMW i3 electric car and BMW electric and push bikes absolutely free of charge, on a first-come-first-served basis!
But then, I know where I’m staying on my next trip to Dijon, and I’m going to make enough time for all of this!
Breakfast was sumptuous and delicious, with efficient service to match. One little quibble, though: the fine print mentioned a charge for boiled eggs, which meant a nasty shock at checkout…it hurt to shell out an amount for which I could have enjoyed a year’s worth of omelettes back home.
But all in all, this is an interesting, inviting, and exciting hotel. Do check it out, or rather, check in!