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Once known for its oysters, Arcachon has become a lovely little beach resort, luring the well to do from nearby Bordeaux to its sunny, soft golden sands. Arcachon’s four quarters, named after the seasons, are dotted with pleasant little B&Bs, boutique hotels and a few larger chain offerings, so there’s plenty to choose from when considering the best places to stay in Arcachon.
Arcachon is a popular spot in summer - possibly because it’s so close to the Dune du Pilat: Europe’s largest sand dune. You can scuttle up the side to its peak, 107metres from the surrounding sand, or take the stairs. The longest slope faces the Atlantic and the views are quite something.
If you’re hoping for some French seaside character you’ll not be disappointed, Arcachon has some rather lovely 1950s villas which lend the town a bit of vintage charm. Many of them can be found in the Ville d’Hiver, the Winter Quarter, in their scattered groups of design styles from Gothic to colonnade.
Arcachon also has a small aquarium, a rather charming traditional red and white lighthouse and there are some fascinating oyster fishing paraphernalia, including the flat bottomed boats, to muck around with.
If you're planning a summer trip, don't forget to reserve well ahead. The best places to stay in Arcachon get snapped up very quickly!
In the centre of town
- The Hotel Ville d'Hiver is a boutique hotel with 12 lovely, boutique style rooms, converted from a 17th Century water treatment centre. That doesn’t sound as romantic as the reality is, the chic rooms have lovely balconies and there’s a lovely spa and pool,
Across the Bassin
- Across the bassin, opposite Arcachon in Lege Cap Ferret, you'll find La Maison du Bassin. It offers a charming home from home atmosphere with lovely views over the Bassin, and restaurant specialising in seafood (what else!?).
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Hotel Ville d'Hiver 12 rooms from $121Arcachon
Refurbished 17th century boutique hotel on the West coast of France. 12 chic and quiet rooms, with all the mod-cons and balconies. Spa and outdoor pool and a charming in-house restaurant. Perfect for couples who appreciate style.Historic - Main building constructed in 1883 by the Compagnie Général des Eaux to treat and transport the water of the local Cazaux LakeGreat walks - The Dune du Pilat a short drive awaySpaBoutique