As the jewel of the South West coast, this vibrant French town is packed full of exciting things to see, and more importantly fantastic places to stay. With some of the most famously opulent hotels in the world, Biarritz is the perfect holiday destination for those looking to for a lavish retreat.
Hôtel du Palais
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Guestroom at Hôtel du Palais | Courtesy of Hôtel du Palais/Hotels.com
Steeped in history, this palatial luxury hotel, once the summer retreat of Napoleon III and his Spanish wife Empress Eugenie, has 132 rooms and 20 suites, all lavishly furnished. It sits in a magnificent, elevated position right over Grande Plage with breathtaking poolside views of the ocean. No more than a five minute walk from the centre of town and with ample on-site parking, there are three restaurants including the renowned Michelin starred Villa Eugenie. Once frequented by royalty and Hollywood starlets of the Belle Époque, Hôtel du Palais today still retains that grand vestige of elegant old world charm.
This is a small, contemporary designer hotel situated in a quiet side street. There are a choice of room types amongst the 15 rooms depending on your budget and all have up to the minute furnishings with funky bathrooms. Service is friendly and efficient, with a choice of buffet or continental style breakfast in the spacious light filled library/dining area. On warmer days, you can relax outside in their decked courtyard surrounded by restful greenery. Villa Koegui is a tranquil, convenient pad for exploring or surfing the delights of Biarritz.
Built in 1907, this imposing edifice of the Belle Époque is Biarritz’s jewel in the crown. Well located in an elevated position near the beach and cliff top lighthouse at the quieter northern end of town, this recently renovated 5 star hotel offers a wealth of top class facilities, including 65 beautifully appointed, sound-proofed rooms and suites. The magnificent “Great Gatsby” inspired lobby with it’s vast glass atrium, has to be seen to be believed. La Regina’s main gastronomic Restaurant N° 1, has an open terrace overlooking the Bay. Cafe N is a more relaxed affair for breakfasts, lunches, tea or evening drinks. During the day you can be pampered at the luxury spa with 3 treatment rooms and a hamman (Turkish bath) as well as a gym. Relax at the outdoor pool with an ocean view, or improve your golf skills at the Phare Golf Course adjacent to this relaxed yet sophisticated hotel.
Located right in the middle of the pedestrianised Place Bellevue, Le Café de Paris is centrally set back high above the promenade of Grande Plage, with a birds eye view of the seafront and panoramic views of the ocean beyond from every one of the 19 rooms and suites. Le Café de Paris is modern and good looking, with a trendy bar and restaurant which open out onto the terrace at the front. Some rooms and suites have balconies complete with sun beds, and are all stylishly appointed and comfortable. The beach is only a few minutes walk away, yet you are literally right in the middle of Biarritz’s trendy boutique shopping area.
Once a charming and refined late-19th century villa, today Maison Garnier is a very good value boutique hotel with a B&B feel. Located in a pleasant residential neighbourhood, yet close to all amenities and a short walk to the beaches, Maison Garnier is a welcoming abode with the personal touch. A beautifully presented breakfast is served in a bright dining room and there is a cosy salon with period furniture for relaxing. All 7 differently, well- appointed rooms are soundproofed from the street below for a good night’s sleep, two of which have their own balcony. As an upmarket, economical base for exploring Biarritz and all it has to offer, Maison Garnier is ideal.
A former private mansion, this stylish, friendly hotel, (family owned over 3 generations) offers the perfect location for a traditional beach holiday. With the beach on your doorstep, beach towels and sun umbrellas are freely available at reception for a day of sea and sunshine. The 48 rooms at Le Windsor have all been renovated in recent years. The decor is modern and stylish and a few of the rooms have dual sea aspect. Relax downstairs in the bright bar and sitting area with its interesting Art and books to peruse, with music from old vinyl discs playing in the background. A delicious buffet breakfast is served in the spacious breakfast area or choose to go continental in your room.
Situated in a quiet tree-lined street, within walking distance of the town centre, this 20 room period hotel oozes understated style. Run by an hospitable couple, the personal service and value for money here are second to none. Delicious, beautifully presented breakfasts with fresh fruit salad, croissants and a choice of eggs can be taken in the tranquil garden. The charming and comfortable bedrooms have modern en-suite bathrooms that are more 5 star than 3 star. Views of the sea from the front, or mountains from the rear, can be had on the upper floors. If you are looking for the personal touch where nothing is too much trouble, you could not better a stay at Hôtel Saint Julien.
This restored turreted manor house is a haven of tranquillity. Set away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre in the leafy Parc d’Hiver district, the feel of this intimate boutique hotel is one of tradition meets present day. With its grand, baroque-inspired salon and Dom Perignon champagne bar to hide away on cooler days or its heated 25 metre outdoor pool and stylish grass area to sun yourself on warmer days, Le Beaumanoir is the perfect retreat come rain or shine. Take breakfast served in opulent style at a huge marble table under crystal chandeliers with floor to ceiling glass doors opening onto the beautiful countryside. The 8 spacious rooms and suites, all with marble bathrooms, provide all desirable comforts and you can even order a Rolls Royce transfer from the airport to get your well earned luxury break off to a star studded start.
A centrally located, boutique hotel close to Les Halles, surrounded by shops and restaurants and a short walk to the beach, Hôtel de Silhouette is slightly removed from the street making it a peaceful little oasis. One of the oldest buildings in Biarritz, once inhabited by a minister to Louis XV, it retains its grand feel, yet its decor is entirely contemporary. The dining and bar area are brightly lit, and lead onto a surprisingly large, delightfully shaded courtyard garden where you can relax, drink and dine in style. Some of its 20 beautifully appointed rooms and suites have access to the garden, others have balconies with ocean glimpses. Hôtel de Silhouette is the place to stay in complete seclusion, yet at the same time being right in the middle of everything.
Very close to the tranquil family-friendly cove of Port Vieux Beach, and within easy reach of the Aquarium and famous Rocher de la Vierge, jutting out into the ocean, La Gamaritz is the perfect family hotel. Breakfast inside or out or at one of the nearby cafés, relaxation is the key. With its walk-in showers in all rooms and colourful quirky décor, you can’t help but be drawn to the fun vibe here.