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“Noce B&B but avoid top floor rooms”
Review of Maison Garnier

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Maison Garnier
Ranked #37 of 64 Hotels in Biarritz
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 March 2007

Having read the reviews on Tripadvisor, my wife and I spent 2 nights at Maison Garnier, paying €110 per night for B&B. This is more a high quality, 7-roomed B&B rather than a hotel. It’s an attractive old building of character, situated within easy walking distance of the town centre and beach.
However, I wouldn’t recommend our room, No 7, located on the top floor (or numbers 5 & 6 on the same level which I suspect are similar). While our room was clean, comfortable and reasonably spacious, the small dormer window meant that natural light was limited and consequently the interior was somewhat gloomy. Also, the window is set very high up on the wall - the window sill is about 5 feet above the floor level. With a small parapet running outside, this meant that the only view was the balconies of the upper stories of the apartment block directly across the narrow street, or the sky. You’d have to be about 7 feet tall to be able to see any part of the street below, or stand on the chair as I did. The intruding roof supports might be a problem, my wife bumped her head returning from a trip to the loo in the middle of the night.
Continental breakfast is served in a bright and pleasant room, with good quality linen and crockery. Though the selection is fairly limited, the quality is good, including freshly squeezed orange juice. A fridge near the small reception is stocked with free bottled water, a nice touch. There is a small sitting-room area available to guests.
I’m sure that rooms numbered one to four, with full sized windows, are a better bet if your preference is for smaller establishments such as this.

Stayed: March 2007
8  Thank peteramolloy
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Reviewed 31 October 2006

We enjoyed the Maison Garnier and liked the location. I would probably not visit the town again but found no fault with this small holding. The room was spacious and the breakfast was fresh and cheerful.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank catherinejones1_123
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Reviewed 20 September 2006

Stayed at Maison Gambetta for 5 nights as base to visit Biarritz, St. Jean de Luz, and interior Pays Basque villages.Great location on Rue Gambetta.A 5 to 10 minute walk from everything--beaches, Centre-Ville, restaurants,shopping. Hotel rooms are spotlessly clean and adequately furnished..The owner(Yves Gelot),his wife and small staff are gracious,hospitable, and helpful .You must appreciate small intimate hotels (7 rooms) with a more homelike ambiance,but overall, in my opinion, Maison Gambetta is well worth your visit and is a great price/value find. EAS , Michigan, U.S.A.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled solo
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4  Thank Autresejour
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Reviewed 11 August 2006

We were a group of six; my wife and I; our two chidren (aged 6 and 8) and my wifes parents. So not an altogether easy travelling group! BUT, Maison Garnier wasa good place to chill out; very close to everything that you would want to do in Biarritz, like the beach!! But also close to the Market Place (just around the corner) and close to shopping.
The rooms were good, clean and a decent size. The staff were helpful and friendly. The breakfast was as one would expect in terms of a Continental Breakfast, and there is no implied criticism in that comment. The place felt intimate and not like a hotel at all.
The only criticism (and one that will be alleviated soon, I believe, or if you had a room on the 2nd etage) was the lack of aircon. During our stay it was HOT, HOT and HOT. But it was a heatwave after all.

But overall a good place to stay; and we would return, which is enough in itself!!!

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled with family
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3  Thank travellerfromNZ
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Reviewed 21 April 2006

Feels like you are staying in a lovely old house rather than a big grotty hotel. People working there were very friendly. The room was tastefully decorated and a decent size with a nice big bathroom. Very central and a short walk to the beaches. Couldn't recommend it enough. Do yourself a favour... stay at the Maison Garnier.

Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed 5 April 2006

We were lucky to find Maison Garnier as it is one the nicest hotels we have stayed in.

The decor and fittings are fantastic and the bedrooms are large with lots of charachter and charm.

The breakfasts are also highly recommended which certainly start the day well.

The owners are very friendly and speak good english.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed 5 April 2005

Maison Garnier is in the centre of town, a short walk from shops and beach. It is an elegant corner town house, tastefully furnished. Our rooms were comfortable and elegant, with framed views of historic biarritz and wall hangings. Bathrooms come with old fashioned dinner-plate shower heads. Ceilings are high and windows large and shuttered. Decoration is fresh and the house is spotlessly clean.

Breakfast is good value, standard French, and in a very pretty and sunny morning room. A fridge downstairs is stocked with mineral water to which we were invited to help ourselves.

The owner was welcoming and helpful and once we had the door code we were able to treat the hotel as our own house in town. We thought it was delightful, and very good value and will bear it in mind for future trips.

Highly recommended for an alternative to corporate uber-hotels. Free parking was available on the street outside.

  • Stayed: February 2005
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18  Thank macaroonLondon
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Address: 29, Rue Gambetta, 64200 Biarritz, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Pyrenees-Atlantiques > Basque Country > Biarritz
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#16 Romantic Hotel in Biarritz
Price Range: £74 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hotel Maison Garnier Biarritz Authentic charming hotel of 7 bedrooms in the heart of Biarritz, with its matchless charm, Maison Garnier kept its sober and elegant character in a villa from 1876. She invites you to enjoy its bedrooms spacious and bright with relaxing day strolling through the city or its area.On entering we discovered on the left the salon, and right a charming dining room where we serve breakfast, with large windows overlooking a flowered balcony. ... more   less 
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