Going first-class: Hotel de la Poste (Blvd. Clemenceau; $95) is an old coaching stop that has set standards for accommodations and kitchen in Beaune since 1904 under the Chevillot family. Country elegance from door to roof, everything kept scrupulously up-to-date with a great deal of finesse, lovely dining room that first introduced us to the magic of Burgundian food. Many stars for the Poste.
Le Cep (27 Rue Maufoux; $60-$93) began life as a residence in the 17th Century, now so regally furnished it catches your breath. Each of its 21 rooms in Louis XV, XVI or Directoire antiques and fabrics, 18th-Century wood carvings and rich works of art on the walls, choose between a 17th-Century vaulted cellar or small courtyard for your breakfast, the only meal served. It stays 90% booked with the likes of NATO commanders, so reserve early.