Biarritz has been a popular holiday destination on the south-west coast of France since European royalty discovered its long sandy beaches in the 1800s. Today, attractive resorts and hotels still edge its coastline, whilst great surfing conditions also attract water sport lovers seeking the perfect wave. There is no shortage of excellent hotels in the area, so here are seven of the very best hotels in Biarritz to consider for your stay.
Hôtel Villa Koegui
Guestroom at Hôtel Villa Koegui | Courtesy of Hôtel Villa Koegui/Hotels.com
Hôtel Villa Koegui is a centrally placed bijou hotel in Biarritz with an attractive, leafy courtyard terrace. With 15 bedrooms to choose from, this hotel is just how the term ‘bijou’ should be used; a mix between a traditional hotel with all its amenities and a guest house for its size and intimate feel. Neutral palettes are used throughout and the style is fresh and modern, particularly so in the lounge area with a large bookcase filled with titles from the Library of Koegui of Bayonne. Walk out the door and reach the traditional covered market of Les Halles in a matter of minutes.
Conveniently located between Biarritz’s airport and the town itself, Le Beaumanoir is a luxurious and calming retreat in the city. Enclosed by vineyards and edged with palm trees, the pool is as inviting as the beautifully styled, baroque-influenced manor. If you want to go further in the luxurious experience, you can order a Rolls Royce transfer from the airport to the hotel.
Le Windsor Grande Plage Biarritz occupies one of the most sought-after spots on the promenade in town. A former mansion, this family-owned hotel has been renovated in recent years and its light, bright and fresh interior is well received by guests for being just the right blend of old and new. If you can, try and get an ocean-facing view; it’s why you came, after all.
La Maison du Lierre is a beautiful Art Deco building located next to the pretty Jardin Public Pierre Forsans. It has got the best of both worlds as it’s in the centre of Biarritz but off the main bar and restaurant-filled streets. Its quieter location means a morning coffee on the simple terraces make for a calm start to your day of exploring. The bedrooms are a good size – a mix of modern colours and traditional pieces.
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 clifftop lighthouse at the quieter northern end of town, this recently renovated five-star hotel offers a wealth of top-class facilities, including 65 beautifully appointed, sound-proofed rooms and suites. The magnificent lobby inspired by “The Great Gatsby” with its vast glass atrium has to be seen to be believed. La Regina’s Restaurant N° 1 has an open terrace overlooking the Bay. 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.
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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. A shaded courtyard garden sits at the centre of the hotel, which is a real secluded bonus considering how centrally located the hotel is. If you are looking for a special stay, ask for one of their suites that have a view of or access to the garden.
Hôtel du Palais is another one of the Biarritz landmark hotels. This palatial hotel was once the summer retreat of Napoleon III and his Spanish wife Empress Eugenie and it’s easy to see why; sweeping views of the ocean from its elevated position above Grande Plage delight those fortunate enough to call this Belle Époque hotel home during their stay in Biarritz. Boasting 132 lavishly furnished rooms and 20 suites, the hotel has already undergone major renovations and is set to again ensure it retains its spot among the Biarritz hotel elite.