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About Bordeaux

Bordeaux conjures up all sorts of images: the architecture is stunning, the markets vibrant and culture colourful, and there’s fantastic shopping, but wine is likely to be your first thought. This area has been connected with the wine industry since Roman times. Great wine lists come with the territory when it comes to the best places to stay in Bordeaux, with a delicious claret or summer rosé at the top of the list.

Bordeaux also offers up great pairings for that wine: it’s becoming a foodie capital. But it’s not just a destination for your taste buds. In 2007, the city and its elegant streets – adorned with 18th-century buildings – were declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site - it’s the world’s largest urban World Heritage Site. And the other half of the city is home to some spectacularly modern structures. It has also been classified as a ‘City of Art and History’.

What not to Miss

  • 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. After years of neglect Bordeaux’s docks are one of France’s new hot spots, with some fantastic cafes, bars and restaurants, plus some interesting museums.
  • The pedestrianised centre of town is where you’ll find most of the major sights - try starting with Sainte-Catherine Street. You’ll get a great view of the whole city from the top of Saint-Michel’s tower.
  • Les Quais is where you’ll find the impressive Aquitaine Bridge, and stunning views over the other bridges,
  • Gambetta Square is a good place to see grand neo-classical architecture,
  • Place de La Victoire is where you’ll find the roman Victory Arch
  • The public gardens are also impressive, created in the 18th century and occupying around fourteen hectares in the centre of the city.
  • The Musee D’Art Contemporain is a great modern art museum and the Musee D’Aquitaine is a great place to find out more about the local area.
  • There’s also a wine museum…

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. 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

In the Heart of Bordeaux

  • The Hotel de Seze is a classic grand dame hotel in a fine, 18th century building. There are 55 generously proportioned rooms with traditional decor and a smart restaurant, bar and cigar lounge. There’s also a small spa with a hot tub and a sauna.
  • Villa Victor Louis is a stunning villa converted into an eight room hotel. The 18th century decor may make you feel like royalty, and you’re in a wonderfully central location.

For Contemporary chic

  • Seeko'o Hotel - This luxury design hotel might look out of place to some; a modern cube sat amongst 18th century buildings on Bordeaux's waterfront. It offers forty five up to the minute suites, all mood lighting and designer furniture. And it claims to be very environmentally friendly. A lively bar serves great cocktails plus the spa is well worth a visit.
  • Maison Fredon is a luxury, five room hotel and restaurant in the centre of town. The rooms are individually styled in a chic, but classic, French style, with exposed beams and contemporary art.
  • Le St James is a contemporary design hotel with 15 spectacularly modern rooms and suites in separate pavilion conversions. There’s also a gourmet restaurant and glorious gardens.

Most Romantic

  • Le Boutique Hotel is an elegant townhouse hotel with 20 rooms and two self-catering apartments. The rooms are chic and filled with light and modern art, and there are stand alone bathtubs.
  • The Yndo Hotel is a contemporary property with a modern townhouse feel inside a stunning 19th century mansion. There are just 12 rooms decorated in a mixture of period and designer furniture and details. Luxurious and trendy.

For Great Value

  • Mama Shelter, Bordeaux is a boutique hotel designed to be simple and comfortable, but it also manages to be hip. There’s a buzzy bar and restaurant and a fantastic roof terrace which is just perfect for sundowners. There are 97 rooms starting from around €99 per night.

For an Apartment or holiday villa

  • If you’d prefer to stay in a self catering apartment or property we recommend you visit our online partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Bordeaux-Merignac Airport is an international airport only 9kms from the centre of town. A lot of major airlines service Bordeaux, and if you can’t get a direct flight you’ll have no problem transferring in Paris. When leaving the airport you can catch a bus into the centre of town, which takes about 40mins, or a shuttle - which is quicker but also more expensive. A taxi costs about €40.
  • Bordeaux is well connected to the French train network, SNCF, and, if you’re coming from London via Paris it’s about a six hour journey.
  • Though 60 miles inland from the sea, around 20 odd cruise ships dock here each year.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying in Bordeaux and want to see a bit more of Aquitaine or the Dordogne - we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Bordeaux has a temperate, maritime climate, meaning the summers are hot, but it’s close enough to the coast to get the cooling sea breezes, and the winters are cool, but not extreme. Most visitors come between May and August, with the ‘proper’ summer months being the most popular. As well as being warm and sunny, the Aquitaine region is colourful with flowers at this time of year. You might think harvest season is a great time to visit a wine growing region, but actually a lot of wineries are closed to the public during the harvest. Winter is cool and wet and spring is warm and wet - but with plenty of sunshine.

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Best Hotels in Bordeaux

  • Mama Shelter, Bordeaux Bordeaux 97 rooms from £86

    Learning  -  Five minutes down the road you will find Triangle d’Or, filled with spectacular buildings of Bordeaux’s Age of Enlightenment.
    Local exploring  -  A fantastic spot for exploring Bordeaux, hotel staff can point you towards the best restaurants and sights of the town.
    Value chic  -  Well suited to those on a budget, who don't want to compromise on style — small doubles from just €100 per night.
    Designer Shopping  -  Head just down the road to Cours de l’Intendance, for luxury shopping and fabulous cafes.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    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. See More

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  • Une Chambre Chez Dupont Bordeaux 10 rooms from £114

    Local exploring  -  Well situated in the leafy Chartrons, a lively area renowned for buzzing bistros, waterside dining and late-night bars
    Wine tasting  -  You are in Bordeaux after all, so take a tour of the local winemakers and sample the famed produce.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll along the waterfront and soak up the sights of the city, or head across the river to the Botanical gardens.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the stunning Basilique Saint-Michel, just a few minutes in a taxi or a refreshing 30 minute walk.
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    A chic guesthouse in the heart of Bordeaux. Individually styled rooms are spacious and bright with whitewashed walls, large sash windows, a choice selection of artefacts and luxurious bathrooms. Dine in the elegant restaurant sampling a daily changing menu and fantastic wine list. See More

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  • Seeko'o Hotel Bordeaux 45 rooms from £134

    Great walks  -  Rather than hop on the tram, one can take a very pleasant stroll along the Garone River to the neoclassical heart of town.
    Local markets  -  The fantastic Les Halles Bacalan is right nextdoor, a covered market offering up the cream of Bordeaux's produce.
    Wine tasting  -  Just around the corner from the Cité de Vin musuem, where you can absorb and partake in all things wine.
    City Style  -  A boutique design hotel, minimilistic in and out. Choose the Panoramic suite for spectacular views.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    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, though there is no restaurant, the area teams with them. See More

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  • Villa Victor Louis Bordeaux 5 rooms from £170

    Local exploring  -  Villa Victor Louis is centrally located in Bordeaux, making it an ideal destination for those wanting to get to know the city
    Romantic Break  -  A fairytale B&B decorated in opulent style, loose yourselves in Pre-revolutionary pomp and pampering service.
    Sights nearby  -  You've got to go see the Miroir de l'Eau which has been officially listed as a contemporary World Heritage Site by UNESCO
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the city on your doorstep and meander aimlessly through the city's cobbled streets taking it all in.
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    The stunning Villa Victor Louis enjoys a central location in Bordeaux. Feel like utter royalty in this luxurious accommodation, decorated with elegant and antique furnishings mirroring typically 18th-century décor. An incredibly classy and upmarket city stay like none other! See More

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  • Casa Blanca, Bordeaux Bordeaux 5 rooms from £175

    Local exploring  -  In a charming neighbourhood just 10 minutes from the centre of Bordeaux, ideal for exploring the sights, bars and restaurants
    Wine tasting  -  The hosts can arrange a visit to their family vineyard nearby, and there are several other wineries in the area to discover
    Local markets  -  There are several great markets to explore, and a wonderful weekly flea market at the other side of town
    Lively area  -  Chartrons is a buzzing neighbourhood full of bars, restaurants, antique shops and galleries
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    A charming townhouse B&B right next to a gorgeous park with lovely welcoming hosts. Interiors are bright and spacious, and the chic rooms feature attractive modern furnishings and unfussy statement pieces. The best of the rooms have balconies or terraces. Ideal for both groups and couples. See More

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  • Domaine de Raba Bordeaux 9 rooms from £156

    Wine tasting  -  Visit the surrounding châteaux, such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Haut Brion and many more
    Foodies  -  There are three restaurants to choose from all by Provençal chef Flora Mikula and each more fabulous than the last
    Romantic Break  -  A picturesque honey-stone mansion, set amid leafy oak filled grounds boasting a pool, three restaurants and spa
    Great walks  -  Can't tear yourself away from this heavenly hideaway? Wander the grounds and make it back in time for dinner!
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • Chateau Grattequina Bordeaux (Blanquefort) 10 rooms from £156

    Romantic Break  -  A fairytale Château with sumptuous interiors, an abundance of velvet & satin furnishings and balconies overlooking the Garonne.
    Hotel boats for hire  -  The hotel operates a taxi boat (complete with wine service) between the property and the centre of Bordeaux.
    Wine tasting  -  The Margaux wine commune, probably one of the most famous in France, is just 15 minutes from the hotel.
    Weddings  -  The hotel holds many weddings on site and you could hardly find a more perfect spot to tie the knot.
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    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. See More

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  • La Course Bordeaux 7 rooms from £199

    Families  -  Families should book the fun and whimsical Orensio Suite; it is submarine themed with a shell-shaped shower and bunk beds
    Romantic Break  -  Book Seiros, the pentohuse suite, complete with luxurious rooftop plunge pool, for a spoiling romantic getaway
    Full of character  -  This beautifully renovated property is chock full of original features seamlessly combined with modern touches
    Local markets  -  If you are here on a Sunday, head to the farmers' market on Quai des Chartrons, filled with local produce.
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    A beautifully renovated home offering a handful of immaculate rooms. The style is traditional yet unfussy with well-placed antiques boldly coloured walls and wonderfully luxurious bathrooms. The rooftop terrace offers both spectacular city views and a space to sample the region's famed produce. See More

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  • Hotel De Tourny Bordeaux 15 rooms from £202

    Local exploring  -  A stylish crash pad in the heart of the city, elegant interiors, expert city knowledge and a super central location.
    Museums  -  No trip to Bordeaux is complete without a trip to La Cité du Vin, a celebration of all things wine.
    Walking distance restaurants  -  Being in the centre of the city there are plenty of restaurants to choose from close by
    Boutique  -  With its elegant 18th century exterior and chic design led interiors this a smart boutique option
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    Two mansions standing 20 metres apart in the heart of Bordeaux. One comprised entirely of luxury suites and the twin has a collection of spacious doubles. Both as chic as the other offering minimalist contemporary design with a hint of a retro feel. A delightful base from which to explore the city. See More

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  • Hotel de Seze Bordeaux 55 rooms from £182

    Romantic Break  -  Elegant accommodation in the heart of Bordeaux, complete with luxurious spa offering beauty and massage treatments
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located for exploring Bordeaux's highlights and getting out and about in the surrounding vineyards
    Sights nearby  -  Just around the corner is the famed Opera National de Bordeaux, designed in 1780 by the architect Victor Louis
    Restaurant  -  Serves a wonderful blend of contemporary and traditional French cuisine
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    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. See More

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  • Maison Fredon Bordeaux 5 rooms from £241

    City Style  -  A cool contemporary hotel, with sharp art-filled interiors and many of the cities attractions within a short distance.
    Other Activities  -  There are 3 restaurants run by the Xiradakis Family on this street - the iconic La Tupina, Kuzina, and Le Comestible.
    Local exploring  -  Explore St. Michel’s labyrinthine streets, filled with cafés, organic eateries and antique shops.
    Local markets  -  The hotel is just a 10 minute walk from the Capucins Market, the centre of Bordeaux's foodie scene.
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    A luxury hotel and restaurant in the heart of Bordeaux. Individually styled rooms are wonderfully chic with classic french style; think white washed walls, exposed beams, contemporary art and glass boxed, in-room, bathrooms. Boasting both a regional and Greek restaurants. Fabulous. See More

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  • Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux 20 rooms from £273

    Romantic Break  -  Romance is guaranteed in this luxury property. Book one of the Jacuzzi Terrace Suites for your private outdoor hot tub
    Groups  -  There are 2 chic 2-bedroom apartments, with fully functioning kitchens, generous living areas and fabulous terraces.
    City Style  -  Period property on the outside, but luxury design hotel on the inside with chic up-to-the-minute interiors
    Sights nearby  -  You are just minutes away from triangle d'or, an area of architecture assosciated with Bordeaux's Age of Enlightenment.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Great Small Hotels , I Escape

    An elegant hotel in a grand 18th century townhouse, flanked by two multi-story modern structures. 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. See More

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  • Villas Foch Bordeaux 20 rooms from £247

    Bar  -  Le Ferdinand is an exceedingly elegant space, serving inventive cocktails, aperitifs, regional wines, and Bordeaux-style tapas
    5* Luxury  -  With its spoiling spa, chic design, and butler service — you are bound to feel pampered at this five star stay
    City Style  -  Set in the centre of Bordeaux, this is a supremely elegant stay with a glamorous bar for evening entertainment
    Historic  -  The historic building was designed by famous Bordeaux architect Joseph-Adolphe Thiac
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A supremely elegant 5* hotel set in the heart of historic Bordeaux. Built by one of the city's famed architects, the interiors have now been carefully updated. The building keeps its original grandeur but has a polished modern feel. With a very hip cocktail bar & a spa, this is a stylish city base. See More

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  • Villa Reale Bordeaux 3 rooms from £252

    Self catering  -  This aparthotel has all the style and services you'd expect in a luxury hotel with the flexibility of a self catering flat
    Groups  -  All three apartments can accomodate up to six guests making it the perfect property for a small group holiday to Bordeaux
    Families  -  These large and spacious apartments are great for families and babysitting services can be arranged at additional charge
    Local exploring  -  These 18th century apartments overlook the quaint Place du Parlement in the centre of Bordeaux
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    This 5* residence built in 1754 is a boutique hotel cum guest house with apartments that combine contemporary design and French 18th-century style. All three apartments come with a fully-equipped kitchen and guests can request breakfast. There is a sauna in the building for guest use. See More

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  • Le St James Bordeaux 15 rooms from £259

    Architectural  -  Designed by famed architect Jean Nouvel, and inspired by the traditional tobacco-drying sheds of his native region.
    Total relaxation  -  Perfectly designed to indulge the senses, with bed height adjusted per room for optimal views and fragrant gardens.
    Foodies  -  A celebration of local produce and wine, the resturants are both to die for and the cookery school is top notch.
    Romantic Break  -  For a romantic break enjoy fabulous food, and treat yourself to a suite with private terrace and hot tub
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    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. See More

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  • Yndo Hotel Bordeaux 12 rooms from £308

    City Style  -  Hidden inside this 19th-century mansion hotel resides a beating heart of vibrant contemporary art and bold interior design.
    Groups  -  The hotel will organise city tours and wine tastings for groups of 10 or more.
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the heart of Bordeaux's Triangle d’Or, the property is ideally placed to see all of the city's attractions.
    Designer  -  There are designer pieces and artworks spread throughout the property
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    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. See More

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  • InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel Bordeaux 130 rooms from £351

    Local exploring  -  This 5* star luxury hotel is beautifully positioned opposite the Grand Théâtre in the UNESCO-listed city centre of Bordeaux
    Families  -  With babysitting servcies and Junior Suites designed for families, The Grand Hotel is the perfect place to take your children
    Foodies  -  The hotel restaurant Le Pressoir d’Argent serves fine innovative dishes curated by Gordon Ramsay
    Spa breaks  -  Les Bains de Lea is a fully-equipped spa offering a range of innovative spa treatments
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    This 5* hotel in historic Bordeaux features rooms decorated for the discerning guest in 19th-century style with elegant marble bathtubs. The hotel's restaurant serves exclusive gastronomic dishes created by Gordon Ramsay and guests can use a fitness centre, indoor swimming pool, hammam and sauna. See More

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