Where to Stay in Bordeaux: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018
Thanks to its compact size, most of the city of Bordeaux's main tourist attractions are accessible by foot from any of the four central neighborhoods. Downtown Bordeaux is the heart of the business district and has some of the city's best luxury and romantic hotels. You will also find several good luxury and mid-range hotels along the edges of the Golden Triangle, also known as Les Grands Hommes. It is so named for its high-end shops, gourmet food, and affluent clientele. Hotels here are convenient for those wanting to visit the artsy Chartrons neighborhood, home of the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art. Adjacent, on the southern side of the triangle, is Bordeaux's trendy Saint Pierre neighborhood, which is an ideal place to stay for those wanting to explore the city's rich history. It sits along the Garonne River and is home to attractions like the Cathédrale Saint-André, Musée des Beaux-Arts, and the Place de la Bourse. The multicultural Saint Michael neighborhood is an easy walk from Saint Pierre, with attractions such as the Musée d'Aquitaine, Grosse Cloche, and the Basilique Saint-Michel. The neighborhoods of Bastide (Right Bank) across the river and Le Lac to the north are slightly removed from the city center but have good budget options.
Where to Stay for Luxury
The luxury boutique Yndo Hotel is in a quiet neighborhood between Downtown and the Golden Triangle, less than five minutes by foot to Basilique Saint-Seurin and Palais Gallien. The hotel dog Fizz welcomes other four-footed friends into his turreted stone mansion. Rooms are unique and tastefully quirky, and each morning's full breakfast is cooked to order by an attentive staff.
Just a few blocks away on the edge of the Golden Triangle and only two blocks from Place Gambetta, Le Boutique Hotel is a beautiful 18th-century stone building with a private garden. Within this lovely historic building, its 27 rooms are modern and chic, each with a balcony or terrace and a Jacuzzi tub and complimentary Nespresso coffee. Amenities include a restaurant, room service, concierge, and turn-down service.
The Hotel de Seze also sits at the edge of the Golden Triangle, overlooking the Monument aux Girondins on the famed Esplanade des Quinconces and just a five-minute walk to top attractions like Le Grand Théâtre and the riverside Place de la Bourse. This grand hotel has an impressive façade with a modern interior and offers a full spa, fitness center, and hot tub, as well as an in-house restaurant and room service.
Where to Stay: Mid-Range
Bordeaux's mid-range hotels are all centrally located and convenient to the city's top tourist attractions. The Hotel de Tourny sits at the northern tip of the Golden Triangle, near Palais Gallien and convenient to downtown, as well as the Saint Pierre and Chartrons neighborhoods. This 18th-century bordelaise building has been fully modernized and includes double windows to keep out street noise and an inviting, modern, chic décor. Staff members are exceptionally accommodating.
In the middle of the action of the Golden Triangle, among dozens of restaurants and shops, the Best Western Grand Hotel Francais manages to have quiet rooms overlooking the peaceful pedestrian-only Rue de Temple. A generous continental breakfast with fresh-squeezed orange juice is complimentary, and the efficient rooms include a coffee maker.
A few blocks south in Saint Pierre, the ultra-hip Mama Shelter Bordeaux offers a truly unique experience in its quirky atmosphere. Catering to younger generations of travelers, this hotel has large common areas with fun additions like ping-pong and foosball. Housed in the historic landmark Gas Tower building, rooms on upper floors have spectacular views of the city.
Where to Stay on a Budget
Although most budget choices are outside the central neighborhoods, Hotel le Chantry offers affordable lodgings downtown, in a safe neighborhood just a few blocks from Basilique Saint-Seurin. Rooms are basic but spacious, and the free, secure on-site parking is an added value in an expensive city.
Across the river in the Bastide neighborhood, the Ibis Budget Bordeaux Centre Bastide has small but very clean and modern rooms and extra-helpful staff. There are several places to park nearby, and it is about a 15-minute walk to the Saint Pierre and Saint Michael neighborhoods via the Pont de Pierre Bridge.
The B&B Hotel Bordeaux Centre Begles sits outside of the city to the south of Saint Michael, but it is easy to get to the main sightseeing attractions via tram; there is a stop directly in front of the hotel, and tickets can be purchased at the front desk. This is not a traditional bed-and-breakfast as the name suggests, but breakfast is available on-site for guests.
Where to Stay for Families
Families planning on seeing all the big tourist sights and being in the center of the action will want to stay at the Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre in the heart of Saint Pierre. It truly is in the center of everything, under ten minutes' walk to the Golden Triangle and Rue St. Catherine shopping and dining, Le Grand Théâtre, Place de la Bourse, and Tour Pey Berland. The colorful rooms are spacious and include amenities like a Nespresso coffee maker, mini fridge, and safe. A generous buffet breakfast is included in the rate.
North of the city center in Le Lac, Le Provencal is a good budget option that offers family rooms and free parking. There are many good restaurants near the hotel, and the tram stop is just a few minutes away.
Where to Stay for Romance
Couples looking for a truly grand experience will adore the classic five-star InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel, which is located on the corner of the Golden Triangle just by Le Grand Théâtre and near the river. In addition to a full-service, chic spa, the hotel has a large fitness center, outdoor whirlpool, and a gorgeous indoor pool surrounded by huge columns for a unique look. Suites are exquisitely elegant, with tall windows, canopy beds, and huge bathrooms with his & hers sinks. Foodies will not want to miss out on the hotel's Gordon Ramsey Restaurant, or perhaps indulge in room service.
Seclusion seekers may want to try the Hotel Burdigala Bordeaux - MGallery Collection, located in a quiet neighborhood just south of downtown. Although removed from the bustle of the tourist area, it is only a ten-minute walk to Saint Pierre attractions. Common areas have a fun and fresh ambience, and rooms are well-appointed, with ample closet space, soundproofed windows, complimentary water, and a Nespresso machine. There is a restaurant on-site and several other dining options close to the hotel.