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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Maison Garnier Hotel Biarritz