The 5 Best Hotels in Saint-Michel, Bordeaux

Central Bordeaux, France seen from spire of Saint Michel church
Central Bordeaux, France seen from spire of Saint Michel church | © Jeffrey Blackler / Alamy Stock Photo
Just south of the historic centre of Bordeaux is the colourful Saint-Michel district, dominated by the impressive Saint-Michel Basilica. Staying here is a more affordable choice – even though you’re just five minutes from the city’s historic heart – so check out our five best hotels in Saint Michel and make the most of the mix of French, North African and Latin cultures, so don’t miss the vast Capucins food market with numerous stalls selling delicious delicacies.

La Maison Fredon

Boutique Hotel
La Maison Fredon
La Maison Fredon | Courtesy of La Maison Fredon / Expedia

A brilliant boutique hotel meets guesthouse, La Maison Fredon is an unexpected gem in Bordeaux. An 18th-century townhouse located on a pretty cobbled street just off the river and main street, La Maison Fredon offers five bedrooms all stylishly decorated. Breakfast is included and it’s just a short walk to both Bordeaux’s central station and its historic centre.

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L'Invitation au Voyage

Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
Guestroom at L'Invitation au Voyage
Guestroom at L'Invitation au Voyage | Courtesy of L'Invitation au Voyage/

A stroll away from Place Meynard and the Saint-Michel Basilica (but worth the extra five minutes) is L’Invitation au Voyage. A stunning, quintessential Bordeaux townhouse with rooms so pretty you’ll wish they were all yours. Bedrooms and apartments are offered here, all with breakfast included, giving travellers the option of self-catering. Tram links just a two-minute walk away easily connect L’Invitation au Voyage with the rest of the city. This is certainly accommodation for a luxurious stay in Bordeaux.

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Hôtel Mercure Gare Saint Jean

Chain Hotel, Hotel
Relax on the terraces of Hotel Mercure Bordeaux
Relax on the terraces of Hotel Mercure Bordeaux | Courtesy of Hotel Mercure Bordeaux/

Just a six-minute walk from Saint-Michel Basilica and conveniently located next to Bordeaux’s train station, this Mercure Hotel is perfect for those travelling into Bordeaux by train or car. There is a welcoming, shaded terrace area to unwind in after a day’s sightseeing and the 99 rooms on offer either have a city view or a terrace and balcony. Free WiFi throughout the hotel and a buffet breakfast is available at an additional price. For larger groups, there is the bonus of connecting rooms.

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Hotel La Madeleine

Budget Hotel
Guestroom at Hôtel La Madeleine
Guestroom at Hôtel La Madeleine | © Hôtel La Madeleine/

This is a no-frills hotel that places you in a convenient location for exploring all corners of the city. Hotel La Madeleine is just a 10-minute walk from Place Meynard where the imposing basilica stands and is connected by tram line B just a short walk down the road. There is free WiFi available and some have a small balcony overlooking the street below. If you’re planning on spending most of your time exploring the city and want a simple place to stay at a reasonable price, Hotel La Madeleine ticks all the boxes.

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Ténéo Apparthotel Bordeaux

The junior suite at Ténéo Apparthotel in Bordeaux
The junior suite at Ténéo Apparthotel in Bordeaux | Courtesy of Ténéo Apparthotel/

Ténéo Apparthotel Bordeaux is a great mix between hotel and apartment for your stay in Bordeaux. Located in between the central train station and the Basilica of Saint-Michel, it is a convenient base from which to explore the city. Ténéo Suites Bordeaux offers equipped apartments that sleep up to four people, for whether you’re a solo traveller or exploring Bordeaux en famille, you have everything at your disposal in one space. Free Wi-Fi throughout and, helpfully, parking is included. Make sure to stop by the Musée de l’Imprimerie de Bordeaux; a hidden gem of a printing museum located just a stone’s throw from the hotel at 10 Rue du Fort Louis.

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These recommendations were updated on September 28, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.