We recently spent three nights at the Royal. Fairly easy to access from the airport. If you have bulky luggage probably best to take the shuttle (Navette) directly to the St Jean Station. Taxis appear prohibitively expensive. If travelling light, easy to take Ligne 1 service bus to city centre and take tram to St Jean station. Tram passes close to hotel front door.
The hotel is not in the city centre - but is well served by the frequent tram service. It is also pleasant to walk along the river bank to the centre of town. Allow about 30 minutes.
The hotel was generally ok. Our room wasn't ready on arrival - even though it was 1600 hours. The cleaner sent us back down to reception together with heavy case, where the very helpful receptionist fixed us up with another room on floor 2.
The room can best be described as small - with absolutely minimum storage, no drawers at all. Only a narrow space to navigate between the end of the bed and the wall. Window was frosted glass - probably just as well as there was only wall and rooftops to be seen when the window was open. Free safe deposit, tea/coffee facilities and aircon were much appreciated. Bed was large and comfortable and no sign of the bugs mentioned in recent review! Bathroom and shower were of a reasonable size and there was always a good supply of really hot water. Room and bathroom were kept very clean. Luxury it certainly was not, but provided a reasonable place to sleep - but would not have liked to spend any time in the room during the day.
We took the breakfast option - very good value for money and made a good start to the day. The breakfast area doubled as a bar in the evening. We had a drink there one evening but as we were the only people there it wasn't much of an occasion!
As with most cities, the area around the station is pretty seedy although we felt safe walking back to the hotel even late at night. Breakfast was enlivened one morning by the arrival of three bulky and heavily armed police officers. Not sure what it was all about other than there was "a security problem".
The staff are very helpful and pleasant. One provided us with information on the nearby Le Cafe du Theatre, Michelin listed and really excellent.
Building work appears to have been going on since January and isn't really a problem although one day we had to climb the stairs as the lift was out of operation.
For us, the hotel served the purpose. If looking for high quality rooms with lots of space, probably better to look elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mansion of the 18th century offers guests a new reception, a lounge bar, a breakfast room and a library. The hotel highlights the heritage of the Bordeaux region through the creation of a cellar area that is conducive to the discovery of local wine estates, all in a cozy atmosphere, cozy with a modern twist. Located 10 mm or 30 mm tram walk along the banks of the Garonne, the tourist heart of Bordeaux. A courtesy tray with Nespresso coffee machine in the room, free wifi, a buffet breakfast of homemade products, business corner accessible 24h / 24h and a library for relaxation and reading. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Royal Saint Jean Hotel Bordeaux
- Best Western Bordeaux
- Best Western Hotel Bordeaux