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“Stylish but lacking character and warmth”
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La Villa Hotel
Ranked #5 of 18 Hotels in Bayonne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 July 2014

The hotel is a converted 19th century large French house, basically cube-shaped with a roof, set at the top of a hill-side looking down across a valley with a railway line and the River Nive (both hidden by trees) to the city beyond. Bedrooms are on all three floors - there is no lift and there is a climb to the top floor. The hotel is set in rather bare grass-covered terraced grounds, provided with garden chairs and tables. There is enough parking inside the gate which is locked at night (but there is a code for the gate and the door if you come back late). The area is suburban, without character.

Rooms are individually furnished and designer decorated to a high standard with new furniture but in an antique style, ours apparently refurbished recently. The room was clean, the bed comfortable. The bathroom off the bedroom had glass doors and the toilet faced directly into the bedroom, with a view both ways... The TV has a large number of French, Spanish and Basque channels but none in English. We could hear distant trains throughout the night but not as a disturbance to sleep. Only the one ground-floor room is wheelchair accessible.

The public areas are limited. There is a patio to sit in the afternoon sun and a room with dining tables for breakfast, served at the table, with a basic continental breakfast of fresh food, and optional eggs etc available on request at extra cost. There is no restaurant as such but there are evening drinks and after 6.30 pm a limited selection of simple dishes are available, such as pate and toast, or pan-fried duck breasts with salad. You can have food served on a tray in your room or at the tables in the breakfast room. We found this suited a regime in which we had an ample French lunch at a restaurant in the middle of the day as a break from sightseeing and returned to the hotel for what amounted to a gourmet snack at the end of the day.

There are few staff and they are attentive and courteous. Other guests were well-off international tourists and rather cold.

It is a stylish hotel but a stay here lacks warmth and homely touches.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Were there for 5 nights in 2014/05. Were in room 8 painted in Lilac. Each room has a different decor. It is really nice. Would recommend avoiding top floor if you have lots of luggage; there is no elevator. However, this hotel is so well located (need a GPS to find location). You could walk to Bayonne Old Town (20 minutes or so). Rooms are really nice and the building itself is really well maintained. Parking is free. There is security after visiting hours. A is a couple who maintains the place and stays there. It is clean, room service every day. The restaurant offers a nice variety of food, breakfast and drinks. Coffee was good. There is a nice terrace we did not use because of the rain and wind. We highly recommend.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank RoxidouNoiro
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Lovely large rooms with well-appointed rooms in a garden setting. Wonderful breakfast. Not sure how convenient it would be without a car and be sure to get the combination to the gate. We did not and had to rouse the owner.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Thank 10Barbara
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Booked this hotel last minute for 70€. Can't believe the deal we got. This is a really nice hotel that certainly usually costs much more.

Our room was enormous and impeccably clean.

The hotel is located in a residential neighborhood and is very quiet.

I'd recommend this hotel to anyone

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Martin E
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

This is a nice quiet hotel. The staff was very nice and very helpful. There isn't a restaurant so the food served is basic but there are restaurants in Bayonne you can go to. The room was comfortable.
We really had a lovely time and would be very happy to come back there if we were passing through Bayonne again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Val163
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

A quirky privately-run hotel in a quiet suburb. There is no restaurant but they have a choice of simple dishes. Although there are good restaurants 15 minutes walk away, the route along a busy road is unattractive. We had a fairly large room, well furnished but a bit impractical, and with a rather scruffy terrace. The breakfast was OK but limited and with haphazard service.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank AllanKnaik
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

Having driven for 7 hours from the Costa Blanca we needed a comfortable place to stay and chose La Villa having seen it on the internet. It looked pleasant enough and is 4 stars so we booked it. We were hungry and tired and did not want to go out to eat as it was getting late so we asked if we could eat in the hotel. All that was available was a room service menu with cold meats, pate and smoked salmon which was disappointing and rather expensive. Breakfast consisted of fruit, orange juice bread and jam with a hot drink at €9 each again rather expensive. Our room was comfortable though se we did have a good nights sleep.
If we do the same trip next year we will look for something that offers better value for money.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jerry F
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Additional Information about La Villa Hotel

Address: 12 Chemin de Jacquette, 64100, Bayonne, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Pyrenees-Atlantiques > Basque Country > Bayonne
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 18 Hotels in Bayonne
Price Range: £53 - £72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — La Villa Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming country house style hotel in a recently converted building dating back to 1905 and situated in a haven of peace and quiet with its secluded and well kept gardens on the heights of the River Nive, near the historical centre of Bayonne.At the Hotel Villa we will do our best to make your stay, whether it be on holiday or on business, restful and relaxing.Our hotel is located on a hill overlooking the River Nive. ... more   less 
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