One of France’s most exciting cities, the city of Bordeaux has come a long way from a sleepy town. In the last decade alone, original neoclassical architecture has been restored, boulevards have become pedestrianized and gardens line the curving river quays. Half the city is now Unesco-listed, and this together with modern developments, makes this city the largest urban World Heritage site. Bordeaux is a very vibrant city full of coffee shops, exceptional dining and more fine wine than you can drink. With a highly developed city comes luxury hotels. To help you choose the accommodation for you, here are our personal recommendations on the best luxury hotels in both Bordeaux and in luxury chateau’s nearby.
Location: 15-minute walk from Saint-André Cathedra, rue Abbé de l’Epée
Amenities: Terrace | Bicycle Rental
Restaurants: Breakfast Room
Price Range: $250- 700
If you want luxury and convenience, look no further than Yndo Hôtel. Located next to Gambetta Square, the hotel is a perfect place to explore the city and the hotel offers free bike rental to make that even easier! Set in a 19th-century private mansion, the hotel itself has almost as much history as its surroundings. With only a handful of rooms available, expect a lot of character and a high level of service carried throughout the entire place. While I could boast about the beautiful terrace and garden, or the designer furniture and impeccable standard of maintenance, the best feature of this hotel is the staff and their service. Guests have raved about how the staff set the perfect tone for this beautiful hotel, providing you with everything you need to ensure a restful stay.
InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel
Location: Opposite the Grand Théâtre, Place De La Comédie
Amenities: Sauna | Spa & Wellness Center | Fitness Center | Terrace | Bicycle Rental
Restaurants: Le Pressoir d’Argent serves innovative dishes created by Gordon Ramsay
Price Range: $310- 1750
If you’re a lover of food, shopping, and wine, because who isn’t, the Le Bordeaux located in the heart of the historic district should be the place you rest your head. As the name suggests, this five-star hotel is nothing but grand. Full of striking architecture, plush furniture, and elegant decor, you are bound to feel like royalty at Le Bordeaux. The rooms here are simply stunning, complete with the same old world charm, 19th-century furnishings, and an elegant marble bathroom. If you come here expect to be spoiled, with breakfast in bed and a spa and wellness center, even a babysitting service if needed. Whether you’re relaxing in the heated pool or hot tub, or making the most of the fitness center, end your day with an incredible meal at the hotel restaurant courtesy of Gordon Ramsay.
La Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez
Location: 950 yards from Palais Gallien, rue Labottière
Amenities: Terrace | Garden | Bicycle Rental
Restaurants: The on-site gastronomic restaurant serves dishes by the world renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire
Price Range: $280- 430
The epitome of elegance and tradition, La Grande Maison is a true five-star hotel. Set in a 19th-century private mansion, the hotel is surrounded by a landscaped garden with classic interiors complete with period furnishings. The rooms are just as graceful and tastefully decorated, offering views of the garden and some including a seating area and fireplace. While this hotel is incredibly beautiful, the highlight of your stay will be the food. Offering a gastronomic restaurant that serves dishes elaborated by the world renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire, prepare to be amazed by some fantastic food! The food paired with the perfect wine from the hotel’s wine cellar is reason enough to choose this luxury hotel while you’re in Bordeaux.
Mercure Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint Jean
Location: 50 yards from Tram C station, rue Tauzia
Restaurants: The Hepburn restaurant serves a traditional French cuisine
Price Range: $100- 170
If you’re looking for luxury that is not in the city center, the Mercure Bordeaux is a perfect choice. Although on the outskirts, this four-star hotel can be used as a base to discover the city due to its proximity to the tram C station and train station, or you can choose to take a leisurely walk to the center. While I could praise the modern rooms or the hotel’s Hepburn restaurant that serves incredible French cuisine, the staff have to be put in the spotlight. A credit to the hotel, the staff spend their days providing high-class service to all guests and do it in an effortless and friendly manner. For those looking to stay somewhere luxurious without having to spend thousands of dollars, this is one of our top picks.
Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux
Location: 950 yards from Quai Louis XVIII, rue Lafaurie de Monbadon
Amenities: Hot Tub | Massage | Terrace | Garden
Restaurants: Breakfsat Room & Bar
Price Range: $220- 520
Think elegant countryside and you’ll find you’ve envisioned Le Boutique Hotel. Located at the heart of Bordeaux’s historic center, this hotel is an 18th-century townhouse surrounded by a lush courtyard. As traditional as it is on the outside, you will be surprised at the modern interior as you admire the warm country twist on its furnishings. The rooms here are simply welcoming, with warm decorations and a stand alone elegant bathtub. With a great continental breakfast and a classic wine bar on the terrace, the best thing about this hotel is the service. The staff here go out of their way to accommodate for you, including putting hot water bottles in your bed in winter; it is the small touches that make a stay at Le Boutique.
Hôtel de Sèze
Location: 5-minute walk from the Grand Théâtre, Bordeaux city center
Amenities: Sauna | Hot Tub | Spa & Wellness Center | Fitness Center | Terrace | Golf Course
Restaurants: Le Comptoir features traditional French dishes
Price Range: $180- 680
Located a 5-minute walk away from the Grand Théâtre, Hôtel de Sèze should be at the top of your list if you’re looking for sophistication and stylish accommodation. The spacious rooms here are simple and graceful, all while providing a certain level of comfort and style. Exuding an overall professional feel, guests at the Hôtel de Sèze can benefit from a private 11-acre golf course, finishing off the day in the spa and wellness center. With a high-class service and a traditional French restaurant, it’s unbelievable to think that this hotel also scores well for location. Definitely a great option for those looking for a central place to stay in.
Novotel Bordeaux Lac
Location: 900 yards from New Bordeaux Stadium, Avenue Jean Gabriel Domergue
Amenities: Golf Course | Table Tennis
Restaurants: N’Café serving traditional French delicacies
Price Range: $100- 170
If you have come to the famed wine-growing region of Bordeaux to experience the fine wine, Novotel Bordeaux Lac is an ideal option for accommodation for those who don’t want to completely blow their budget. Located slightly outside of the city center, the hotel is close to a variety of public transport lines perfect for exploring this side of the region. Sitting on the shore of Lake Bordeaux, the hotel takes advantage of the lake views with an outdoor swimming pool, a large sun terrace, and lake facing rooms. The French cuisine provided by the hotel’s cafe is of top quality, matched with the leisurely ambiance is maintained through the whole hotel. Between the relaxing and friendly atmosphere, this is one of our top picks for luxurious hotels without breaking the bank.
Hotel Burdigala Bordeaux
Location: 5-minute walk from Mériadeck business district, rue Georges Bonnac
Restaurants: La Table De Burdigala, featuring French cuisine
Price Range: $200- 440
If you’re looking for a sophisticated elegance, Hotel Burdigala provides you with just that. Featuring contemporary and refined décor, this elegance also extends to the individually decorated rooms. Offering privileged access to the spa and fitness center, guests also benefit from a first-rate concierge service, a gourmet restaurant and bar, and babysitting services if needed. The highlight of the hotel, however, is the level of service. Guests have raved about the level of attentiveness that was paid by the staff and how their service really made their stay. If you’re looking for a place that makes you feel appreciated, look no further than Hotel Burdigala.
Location: 550 yards from CAPC Musee d’Art Contemporain, rue de la course
Amenities: Terrace | Fitness Center | Bicycle Rental
Restaurants: Breakfast Room
Price Range: $170- 690
Another luxury hotel in keeping with the roots of Bordeaux, La Course offers a wine dispenser to guests to sample local vintages. Set in a beautifully restored townhouse, this small hotel is classically beautiful with a small number of modern rooms. Surrounded by an old worldly and sophisticated vibe, enjoy the intimate atmosphere with both the staff and other guests. From shared kitchen facilities and the availability of complimentary snacks and drinks, you will feel like you are at home away from home here. Surprisingly, on the roof of the townhouse, you will find a small swimming pool with perfect views of the surrounding buildings. If you can tear yourself away from the comfort of this hotel, rent a bike for free and explore the surrounding area.
Nearby Chateaus Around Bordeaux
Location: 900 yards from the Gironde Estuary, Route des Châteaux
Amenities: Sauna | Massage | Terrace | Garden | Bicycle Rental
Pool: Outdoor pool (seasonal)
Restaurants: An onsite restaurant serving gourmet food
Price Range: $250- 585
The Château Cordeillan-Bages is a 17th-century castle, surrounded by 2 hectares of beautiful vineyards. The rooms are set in the former wine stores and are decorated in a contemporary style offering views of the interior courtyard. If you’re looking for luxury with a bit of adventure thrown in for good measure, this is the place to be! Offering cycling, hiking, and off-site fishing, you can fill your days with activities and end the evening with amazing gourmet dishes at the restaurant. Additional facilities at this hotel include a sauna, fitness center and outdoor swimming pool. If you like good food, fine wine and a bit of adventure, Château Cordeillan-Bages is our top pick for you.
Hostellerie de Plaisance
Location: Place du Clocher, Saint-Émilion
Amenities: Terrace | Garden
Restaurants: An onsite restaurant serving a variety of dishes
Price Range: $350- 600
If there is one thing that makes Hostellerie De Plaisance unique, it is the fantastic level of attentiveness of their staff. The service here is flawless with guests making note of the fantastic service they receive. As well as the exclusive service, this hotel also has a charming history. Set in the heart of Saint-Émilion, the hotel is a former stone monastery surrounded by a beautiful terrace and garden. What’s more, is that the modern rooms offer panoramic views of the village and surrounding vineyards which is simply stunning. Due to the local vineyards, guests can benefit from expert wine pairing with gourmet dishes at the restaurant. This hotel is the perfect pick for those travelers who just want to get away and be together.
Les Sources de Caudalie
Location: Chemin de Smith Haut-Lafitte
Amenities: Hot Tub | Spa & Wellness Center | Fitness Center | Terrace | Garden | Bicycle Rental
Pool: Outdoor Pool
Restaurants: The hotel has 2 gourmet restaurants, La Grand Vigne is a Michelin starred restaurant
Price Range: $250- 970
Another hotel which boasts country elegance is Les Sources de Caudalie. What makes this hotel stand out is the level of service and how the staff encourage the guests to engage and be active. With facilities such as the tennis courts, swimming pool and cooking school, together with the wine-tasting evenings, there’s no wonder that guests are keen to get involved. This five-star hotel offers modern country rooms with breathtaking views over the lake and vineyards, perfect to retire to at the end of the day. If you need further relaxation, the luxury spa center is always nearby where you can try the wine and grape-based treatments. If that isn’t unique, I don’t know what is! Other comforts include the two gourmet restaurants, with the Michelin-starred La Grand Vigne restaurant being a particular favorite.
Château de Mirambeau – Relais & Châteaux
Location: Avenue Des Comtes Duchatel
Amenities: Sauna | Hot Tub | Spa & Wellness Center | Terrace | Garden | Bicycle Rental
Restaurants: The hotel offers a Michelin star gastronomic restaurant
Price Range: $300- 350
If you’d like a taste of grand living, there is nothing grander than Château De Mirambeau. This renaissance castle is so luxurious that you will feel like you’ve entered a different world. Recently refurbished, the whole castle is of an impeccable standard and offers flawless rooms which exude elegance. Lavishly decorated with period furnishings, the beauty and atmosphere alone is enough of a reason to stay at this hotel. Surrounded by an 8-hectare park, the hotel features an outdoor pool, spa, and hot tub, as well as tennis courts and a Michelin star gastronomic restaurant. The restaurant is a particular highlight of this hotel with every guest giving compliments to the chef!
Château Hôtel Grand Barrail
Location: 1.9 miles from Saint-Emilion, Route de Libourne
Amenities: Sauna | Hot Tub | Spa & Wellness Center | Fitness Center | Terrace | Garden | Bicycle Rental
Restaurants: A gastronomic restaurant serving regional cuisine
Price Range: $250- 415
Located next to the Dordogne River, this four-star hotel is perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The rooms are grand and decadent with stunning views over the surrounding vineyards, the perfect place to watch the sunset. As well as being truly beautiful, the hotel also has a popular gastronomic restaurant that serves delicious regional cuisine. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, and fitness center and bicycle rental. If you like incredible service, even better food and a relaxing ambiance, this would be our top pick for unwinding in Bordeaux’s vineyard region.
Logis de la Cadène
Location: Place du Marché au Bois, Saint-Émilion
Restaurants: An onsite restaurant serving a variety of dishes
Price Range: $230- 480
The highlight of the luxury hotel, Logis de la Cadene, has to be the level of comfort that it provides to its guests. The rooms here are simple yet stunning, with plush furniture, soft wooden furnishings, and country tones; this comfort also extends to the shared lounge and restaurant area. As well as its beauty and comfort, the hotel’s staff also exceed expectation. If you like friendly staff who go to the effort of leaving you chocolate cake in your room when you arrive, this is definitely the place for you. Located in the middle of town, yet the interior feels like you’re in the middle of the country, this hotel is the perfect getaway for a couple or if you’re craving some me time.
While there is an abundance of luxurious hotels in Bordeaux, only a select few are worth the title. The choices listed above were handpicked by us based on their location, amenities, decor, and level of service. Hopefully one of these impressive hotels will be what you are looking for when you stay in Bordeaux!
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