Architecturally the bubbles are fascinating. The view from the outside is deceptive as the rooms are surprisingly spacious on the inside. And I needn’t have worried about the abundance of red in the ‘love bubble’ as it was far from being overpowering. Getting into the grounds can be a bit of hassle if you have a big car. The little bridge that takes you onto the ‘island’ is a tricky entrance to maneuver especially from a roundabout.
Personally, I found the town of Raon-l‘Étape disappointing, though I’d be willing to give it another chance in warmer, sunnier weather.
The Musemotel – though only a 5 minute walk from the centre of the town – exists (dare I say it) in a bubble. It’s hidden from view and like us you may have to enlist the help of a local to point you in the right direction. You enter a zany, colourful world once you cross the bridge onto the island – a world that nevertheless seems to coexist happily with the traditional French look of Raon-l’Étape.
It’s worth a visit if you’re in the area as is the town of Saint-Dié that’s about a 20 minute drive. It’s a unique experience for a couple or family and should be a “must-do” for everyone with a penchant for the out of the ordinary.
Museumotel, Ile Häusermann, 88110 Raon-l’Etape