Bordeaux conjures up all sorts of images, but wine is likely to be at the forefront, the area having been connected with the wine industry since Roman times. You'll more than likely find some delicious kind of claret or summer rosé to be had at the best places to stay in Bordeaux too.
Bordeaux, as a city, is an important port, a cultural hub, a centre for foodies and a destination which offers various types of accommodation.
Capital of the Aquitaine region and located in the Gironde département, Bordeaux sits on a bend of the River Garonne, before the Garonne meets the Gironde estuary and finally the Atlantic.
In 2007, the city and its elegant streets – adorned with 18th-century buildings – were declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city has also been classified as a ‘City of Art and History’. The atmosphere is vibrant, the architecture stunning and there’s fantastic shopping, but it’s also a city with a relaxed pace of life.
Within the city, our pick of the best places to stay in Bordeaux ranges from historical townhouses in the Chartrons district to an eco-friendly B&B and contemporary designer hotel (for self catering options go to our online partner booking.com). Head out into the countryside and you’ll find neat rows of vines filling the landscape with many a turreted château offering an elegant style of living. The choices are endless.
The best places to stay in Bordeaux are an eclectic mix! Our favourites in the contemporary bracket are:
If you don't want to blow the budget then the best places to stay in Bordeaux can be the city centre B&Bs and guesthouses.
If you don't need to be in the centre of town, book a room in one of the best places to stay in Bordeaux where you can wake up amid the vines. Perhaps even arrange your own private tasting...
Browse our pick of the best places to stay in Bordeaux and start to plan your visit.
Bordeaux's outpost of Mama Shelter is a hip, boutique hotel designed to be simple and comfortable. The bar and restaurant areas are trendy hang outs with a buzzing atmosphere. Enjoy a relaxed lunch or sun downer drinks on the rooftop terrace. A fantastic base for business or weekend trips.
A friendly, central B&B with charming rooms in neutral tones with lots of natural light. A lofty ambience in this home from home. The perfect place from which to explore Bordeaux.
Contemporary rooms in a traditional setting surrounded by antique dealers and wine merchants. Ten sleek-chic white washed rooms with wooden floors and fireplaces blend traditional facades with modern comforts. A perfect city spot.
A glorious chateau with a working vineyard in the heart of Bordeaux. Traditional and elegant rooms and suites have floral fabrics, lots of natural light, and antique furnishings. Beautiful grounds, pool, and wine tastings. A wonderfully typical way to discover Bordeaux.
A family-run B&B, set among vineyards and full of character and charm. Exquisite interiors with oak panelling, paintings, and elegant furniture. A beautiful sun-soaked sandstone building with tennis court and swimming pool. A glorious french country escape.
A traditional countryside Chateau surrounded by scenic vineyards, with a peaceful garden and swimming pool. Rooms are filled with homely touches - rugs, paintings and fine furniture. A comfortable and serene spot for total relaxation, local exploring or wine tasting just 10 mins from St Emilion.
A gorgeous 18th century farmhouse with a stylish contemporary interior. The hotel's location on the banks of the Dordogne river affords wonderful views & the lapping of the water adds to the supreme peace and tranquility. Take a dip in the heated indoor pool and dry off on the leafy roof terrace.
Family owned and run boutique bed and breakfast consisting of four luxurious double rooms set in an idyllic 18th century French farmhouse. Each room has a private terrace with stunning views across the surrounding vineyards. Glorious pool with outdoor deck for relaxing.
An eco-friendly B&B within walking distance of Bordeaux’s historical centre. Sandstones, ochres, killim rugs, paintings, and wonderful courtyard - a real home from home with a charming ambience. Five gorgeous rooms in neutral tones - simply lovely, and family friendly.
A relaxed family friendly hotel set in a grand 18th century Chateau, in the middle of peaceful vineyards with stunning views and a private fishing lake. Five simple yet spacious bedrooms with seating areas, and a charming communal dining room where table d'hote meals are served. Great value too!
Contemporary B&B in St Emilion wine region. Spacious rooms have exposed brick walls, countryside views and large bathrooms; apartment has full kitchen and living spaces. Outdoor pool, gardens and terrace. Massages available. Chic, peaceful and grown up.
A stunning 19th century Chateau overlooking the Garonne River. Bedrooms are huge with wooden floors, pretty fabrics and large modern bathrooms. Some have private balconies. Local wine and regional cuisine. With a number of large function rooms and a stunning terrace - it is perfect for any event.
Unusual, very contemporary design hotel with gourmet food. Spectacularly modern rooms and suites set in separate pavilion conversions. Lots of natural light, terraces onto gardens, glorious swimming pool, and fabulous food. Somewhere for restoring wellbeing.
Boutique and quirky come together under one roof in this white ice-cube shaped design hotel. The rooms are more like sky-lit cocoons with their white-washed walls and surround-windows. It also has a trendy bar and slick meeting facilities. A unique hotel.
An elegant townhouse hotel. Chic contemporary rooms filled with sunlight, parquet floors, modern art and giant stand-alone bath tubs. A romantic city break geared up for wine lovers and culture vultures.
Picture-book château with a highly-regarded vineyard and friendly hosts. A fairytale chateau with turrets and vineyards. An element of grandeur with high ceilings, stonework, and chandeliers. A glorious B&B with wonderful wines.
A glorious sandstone chateau in the heart of south Bordeaux. Boutique rooms and suites offer the height of luxury with four poster beds, creamy furnishings, and works of art. Fabulous fine dining restaurant and an excellent wine list, spa treatments, and pool. Totally pampering, very sophisticated.
Bordeaux (Saint Emilion)
Gastronomic treats are in store at this luxury five-star country retreat. The interiors exude understated elegance with beautiful furniture, paintings, and neutral tones. The surrounding vineyards produce wonderful wines to go with award-winning cuisine. A spoiling retreat.
This grand hotel in a fine 18th Century building offers guests comfortable accommodation in large rooms with elegant furniture and traditional interiors. There's a smart restaurant and bar with cigar lounge, plus a small spa with treatment rooms, a hot tub and sauna. Ideal base for wine lovers.
A beautiful chateau, vineyard, spa hotel, and Five Star setting. Classical, elegant, and luxurious rooms and suites. Fantastic French cuisine in two restaurants, a world class wine list, and a unique natural spa set on a hot spring. Wonderfully indulgent.
A beautiful 17th century manor house surrounded by its own vineyards and not far from the coast. Contemporary chic bedrooms and suites, an excellent French restaurant serving cuisine typical of the region, swimming pool, and an extensive wine cellar. Romantic, gourmet, and luxurious.
Bordeaux (Saint Emilion)
A sun-soaked sandstone house, set on seven acres of idyllic vineyards. Elegant rooms with individual themes, from Out of Africa to Pop Art. A truly stunning country B&B with lovely natural pool. A wine lovers’ paradise!
A contemporary hotel with a modern town house feel inside a stunning 19th-century private mansion. Designer furniture in elegant rooms alongside original period features. Evening and lunchtime meals can be ordered on request at 'The Table.' A luxurious, trendy spot in this exciting city.