The Grand Hotel (aka Regency) and the Burdigala seem to be the two best hotels in the city. The former is located in the center of the old town action. The latter has been very recently renovated. In my opinion, reviewers are so (justifiably) enthused about what this hotel has to offer that they underestimate the walking time to the center. It is not 5 or even 10 minutes. I found the distance from the center to be the only downside. Mitigating this downside is the new metro system that runs a couple of blocks away from the hotel which will take you comfortably into the center. Exacerbating this downside is the lack of taxis in the city. There is a taxi stand a block or so from the hotel, but only once in 4 days was a taxi available there. Perhaps all the taxi drivers were enjoying their August break.
We stayed here in late August on the "City Experience" promotion, 195 euros per night, breakfast included. And that breakfast is wonderful--an extensive choice of everything you can imagine. The facilities are truly modern, and everything worked. We had the smallest category of accommodation, but it was rather roomy by European standards. And there are outlets everywhere for charging all our gadgets. Comfortable bed and a super shower. The wi-fi offered free of charge had its limitations. One had to log in every day and every time one left the hotel, which seemed to be an unnecessary pain.
The best aspect of this hotel is the quality of the personnel at every level. They were perfect except for one instance. We had in our wine tours acquired several brochures and books which we thought were too heavy to include in our luggage going home. Since we were leaving on a Sunday, we asked the front desk to mail them for us. I explicitly asked not to mail them express but via regular mail, as we were in no hurry to receive them. Well , that request fell through the cracks between Sunday and Monday, the mail almost beat us home, and we were charged 49 euros. A bitter pill to finish off an otherwise lovely stay. However, since others are not likely to trust them with their mail, my evaluation does not reflect this incident.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Burdigala! Entirely renovated during the summer of 2011, the Hotel Burdigala 5* offers a sober and refined decor in an "urban chic" style, resolutely contemporary while remaining faithful to the tradition of a warm atmosphere... In our 56 Classic rooms and 12 Superior rooms, noble materials and subtly-shaded colours create and inspire calm and peacefulness. For a family holiday, take the height in one of the 7 duplex rooms. Streamlined design and invigorating colors make this space especially comfortable and enjoyable. A double or twin loft bed and a sofa bed in the living room on the ground floor are available. The 8 junior suites and suites exude discreet luxury: styles and materials blend harmoniously, and there is plenty of room, including in the well laid-out wardrobes and luminous bathrooms. If you are a fond of gastronomic food, the restaurant, La Table de Burdigala, will seduce you by a gourmet menu of fresh selected products (open all year, 7 days a week) In the cozy and contemporary spirit of the Bacchus bar, you have the choice between a selection of grand cru wines served by the glass, whiskeys, Armagnac's or cocktails made by our Chef Barman; you can also enjoy delicious seasonal dishes on the go in its modern atmosphere or on the outdoor terrace. One lecture room and five other modular meeting rooms feature 496 m² of facilities to organize seminars, cocktails or meetings for up to 120 persons. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Burdigala Hotel Bordeaux