We had booked two nights in Gerardmer but left as over run with tourists and a carnival. Found l"Eau Vive and it was perfect. A short walk from a lovely lake and surrounded by thickly wooded hills of the Vosges. Our room was spacious and quiet. We had lunch, dinner and breakfast there and the first two were very nice. Breakfast, as usual in France, was rather skimpy. Nice wine and drinks and the owners were helpful although I had to use my French to communicate. We wished we had spent more time there.