Nature. Sharing. A unique hotel concept. Welcome to Emil Leroy Jönsson’s hotel.
“Human values, simplicity and authenticity.”
On his return from a trip to Lapland in 2012, Emil Leroy Jönsson had the slightly crazy idea of building an unusual, ecological and high-end hotel in the form of Scandinavian hyttes (cabins) in the upper reaches of the little Alsatian village of Breitenbach. “More than a hotel, I thought of a place where you live differently,” says the landscaper–town planner by trade, hotelier by passion. In this free, open and intimate space, 14 independent hyttes are scattered in nature around one house. There, guests meet and spend time together around the fire or a table in the restaurant which serves exclusively local produce. “48° North, The Originals Relais is a simple, friendly space where everyone feels good, like being at a friend’s house. Guests enjoy the pleasures of a good meal, a walk, swimming or simply doing nothing.”
48° North offers hyttes in place of rooms. Dotted around the natural setting, there are 14 of them with space for two to four people. Their design is inspired by traditional Scandinavian cabins. There’s no breeze blocks or concrete here but wood, stone and natural materials to enhance the strong graphic lines. Inside, it’s all about elegant wood and Nordic subtlety. Some hyttes feature a wellness area with a sauna and jacuzzi opening onto the landscape.
Welcome to the Felles Hytte, the central house. Your 100% local and organic breakfast and dinners will be served here. It's a warm and friendly place where you can sample dairy products from the village farm, bread from the local bakery, produce from the hotel vegetable garden and valley deli meats, morning and evening. Weather permitting, guests can enjoy the terrace and its views over the forest and beautiful Alsatian nature.
There are no freezers here but a very limited menu (three starters, two mains – one vegetarian – and three desserts). The chef is inspired by the seasons and the regional produce. He sets off in search of nature’s flavours in the village, garden and forest. Like Scandinavians, he fashions the raw produce from his walks to dream up simple recipes bursting with freshness and colour.
Though small, the 48° North SPA is a wonderful place for relaxation with a sauna, Swedish bath, rest room and unique views over the beautiful landscapes. For those in search of pampering, massages and treatments can be booked at reception.
For those looking to exert themselves and breathe in some fresh air, 48° North hires out electric mountain bikes and provides snowshoe and hiking equipment. The curious among you (and the foodies) may be temped by a cookery class, a wine and local cheese tasting, a botanical outing, a permaculture class in the vegetable garden, an eco-construction initiation or many other activities.
From 48° North between Strasbourg and Colmar, Alsace welcomes you with open arms. Explore the nearby wine trail, the upper reaches of Mont Saint-Odile and Haut-Koenigsbourg or the beautiful traditional villages, or take a family outing to the eagle park, NaturOparC, etc.
You can find a better panoramic view directly from your bed the this hotel! There's no TV in the room cause the view outside is so much better. One of the best hotels we stayed in!!!
Beautiful, relaxing, minimalistic, blissful
Beautiful location (great for hiking in the woods). Super charming hut and view. Food was so delicious and great value for money; chef was thoughtful about accommodating a gluten-free request. We also had a natural red wine that was amazing - wish I'd remembered to buy some bottles to take home! And finally, staff was wonderful. Really nice guy/host who helped us out throughout our stay; plus the effort that was put in to serve everyone food in our rooms was above and beyond. Thanks for everything! Only note is to be careful about keeping windows open, bugs of all types are all around - it's in the woods after all :)
We had a fantastic time. The team took care of us from beginning to end. We could not have wished for better treatment and already cannot wait to come back.
For a night, weekend or week at the heart of Alsace, 48° North is a dreamlike experience free of time and convention – an opportunity to switch off and come into wellness in deepest nature.
If you’re seeking an unusual, peaceful spot in an Alsatian country setting for your work sessions, 48° North, The Originals Relais is just what you’re looking for. Small gatherings only though as the meeting room has space for just six to ten people, or up to 20 if you make a private booking to access the large common room. Contact the sales team to discuss your project and find the best solution to your needs together.