Aquitaine travel directory - B&Bs and small hotels

When you need a night or two in a B&B

If you need an extra night either side of your holiday rental dates to match your flights or ferry, or want to spend 2-3 days exploring a different part of the region, take a look at the suggestions below. We've either used these B&Bs ourselves over the years, or they've been recommended to us by clients.

We also find two guides very useful for charming places to stayAlastair Sawday and Relais & Châteaux

Or before/after a week on the Aquitaine coast, for three nights or more in the Dordogne/Charente countryside try La Petite Maison

Bassin d'Arcachon
Cap Ferret: La Maison du Bassin (luxury). Contemporary bliss and a favourite 'Hip Hotel' of the guide's author 
Cap Ferret: Cote Sable (luxury). Spacious rooms overlooking sea
Arcachon: Hotel Ville d'Hiver (luxury). Refined & family-friendly, converted factory built in 1884
Pyla-Plage: Hotel La Co(o)rniche (luxury). Philippe Starck design, former neo-Basque oyster farm, super views

La Côte Basque
Ainhoa: La Maison Oppoca (mid). Smart rooms and an impossible perfect Basque village
Bayonne: Hotel la Villa (mid). 3-stars and set in a former stately home close to the historic centre
Bayonne: Le Poteau Rose (mid). Contemporary guest suites in a converted loft. Dining possible. Trendy
Biarritz: Hotel Saint-Julien (mid). 3-stars, 19th century character house with 20 rooms, 200m from the beach
Biarritz: Arima Guest House (mid). Authentic venue offering tasteful decor, central location, meals available
Biarritz: Maison Garnier (luxury). 'Hotel du Charme' in Biarritz old town next to Les Halles
Biarritz: Hotel Villa Koegui (mid). Boutique hotel conveniently located in the 'centre ville'
Biarritz: Villa Le Goeland (luxury). Gothic mansion with sea views - very Biarritz!
Biarritz: Le Bellevue (mid). 2-star hotel by the Grande Plage, just 24 rooms
Biarritz: Hotel Le Cafe de Paris (luxury). 4-star, sea views, gourmet dining
Biarritz: Le Gamaritz (mid). 2-star hotel in the Port Vieux district. Funky, 14 rooms
Biarritz: Hotel St Charles (budget). Ideally-located colonial-style guest house
Biarritz: Hotel le Biarritz (mid). 3-star, good views, used as a business venue also
Biarritz: Hotel George VI (mid). 3-star by the old port with "very British charm" apparently!
Biarritz: Campy Campervan hire company. Self-drive & stay where you like! Ideal for exploring the Basque coast (min. 3 day booking)
Bidarray: Ostape (luxury). Basque inn and gourmet restaurant run by legendary chef Alain Ducasse
Bidart: Irigoian (luxury). Beautiful, ancient Basque farmhouse
Sare: Hotel Arraya (mid). Three-star hotel and restaurant
Sare: Hotel Baratchartea (budget-mid): reasonably-priced hotel & restaurant
St Etienne de Baigorry: Hotel Arce (luxury). "Basque institution" with splendid riverside setting
St Jean de Luz: Zazpi Hotel (luxury). Contemporary, hip and close to the town centre
St Jean de Luz: Hotel le Petit Trianon (mid). Beautiful Basque townhouse now a small hotel in the town centre
St Jean de Luz: La Reserve (mid). 40 room hotel with 3ha grounds, restaurant, swimming pool
Urrugne: Chateau d'Urtubie (luxury). Fortified Basque Country castle dating to 1341
San Sebastian - definitely worth a visit if you have a day or two spare. The Guardian has compiled a selection of San Sebastian hotels & pensiones

Côte Landaise
Biscarrosse: Les Vagues (mid). Close to the town & beach, heated pool
Biscarrosse: Le Comptoir des Sables (mid). Chic rooms, hot tub, close to beach
Biscarrosse: Côte et Dune (mid). Attractive house with pool, modern rooms close to beach
Biscarrosse: Fleur des Pins (mid). Guest house 300m from the sea
Hossegor: Hotel Barbary Lane (budget). Ideally-located between the lagoon and ocean
Hossegor: Hortensias du Lac (luxury). Lagoon retreat in this stylish surfing resort
Hossegor: Hotel 202 (mid). By the golf course, contemporary design, heated pool plus sauna
Léon: La Huchet (luxury). Former hunting lodge and now classic Beach house designed by Michel Guerard
Messanges: La Maison de la Prade (mid). Former summer-camp now art-deco hotel with pool
Mezos: La Ferme Mezos (mid). Half-timbered Landes house built in 1800
Tarnos: La Ferme de Honzac (budget). Chambres & table d'hôtes near Bayonne

Pyrénées
Barcus: Hotel Chilo (mid). Rustic but refined, lovely farmhouse in the foothills
Buzy: La Mainade (budget). Charming, well-rated chambre d'hotes in the Pyrenees
Labastide Clairence: Maison Marchand (mid). Beautiful Basque house in medieval village
Larrou: Hotel Etchémaïté (mid). Excellent good value food in sparkling scenery
Herrere: Hotel Domaine de l'Aragon (mid). Elegant hotel near Pau and a short drive from the mountains
Pau: Le Roncevaux (mid). 3 star hotel near the centre
Sauveterre-de-Bearn: La Maison de Navarre (mid). Charming restoration of a townhouse, near village centre
Sauveterre-de-Bearn: Manoir de Marsan (mid). Chambre d'hote with swimming pool
Sauveterre-de-Bearn: Domaine de Betouzet (luxury). Elegant Bearnais mansion with pool, spa, jacuzzi

Bordeaux Countryside
Bordeaux: La Maison Bordeaux (luxury). Boutique guest house in the heart of the city
Bordeaux: Hotel Le Seeko'o (luxury). Very contemporary style, sauna & Turkish bath
Bordeaux: Hotel Burdigala (luxury). Refurbished 2007, 4-star hotel
Bordeaux: Ecolodge des Chartrons (mid). Ecological B&B, stylish & comfortable too! 
Bordeaux: Bordeaux Hotel Airports (various). Handy link to hotels at Merignac airport
Libourne: Hotel La Villa d'O (mid). beautiful manor house, superb cuisine, heated outdoor pool
Médoc: Château Giscours (mid). Pleasant rooms in grounds of Grand Cru château in the Margaux appelation
Médoc: Hotel Rollan de By (luxury). Beautiful 6 bedroom hotel surrounded by vineyards
St Emilion: Château St Jacques Calon (mid-high quality). Beautiful château with pool in fabulous countryside
St Emilion: Grand Barrail (luxury). Beautiful château hotel with spa, restaurants & pool

Gascony
Uzeste: Clos Norma (mid). Elegant manor house offering table d'hote and swimming pool

Aquitaine's 5 Star Hotels
Bordeaux: Hotel Bordeaux Burdigala
Bordeaux: Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux
Graves wine region (south east of Bordeaux): Les Sources de Caudalie
Saint Emilion: Hostellerie de Plaisance

Biarritz-Anglet: Chateau de Brindos
Biarritz: Hotel du Palais (in fact, this one is one of only 8 hotels in France to be distinguished as a "Palace")
Biarritz: Hotel Sofitel Biarritz le Miramar
Biarritz: le Beaumanoir (the smallest 5 star hotel in France!)

Pau: Hotel Parc Beaumont

St Jean de Luz: Grand Hotel Loreamar
St Jean de Luz: Hotel Parc Victoria

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