Hotel du Palais
It is impossible to visit Biarritz without admiring the Hôtel du Palais. Built in 1855 for the Empress Eugénie, it was meant to be her summer villa. The outstanding villa, in neo-Louis XIII style, is constituted of a long main building with three perpendicular wings and visitors can see period décor throughout the hotel. The Hôtel du Palais temporary closed in the 1950s, but it reopened after an efficient campaign by Guy Petit, Biarritz’s mayor at the time. He was determined to give the Hôtel du Palais its nobility back. The list of prestigious guests who have stayed there since its reopening include Frank Sinatra, Coco Chanel, and Ava Gardner. Nowadays a luxurious resort with high-class service, visitors will certainly reminiscent the aristocratic past of the venue during their stay.