There are lots of hotels with , no doubt, better views or bigger swimming pools. To think like that would be to miss the point: this is not so much a hotel as a piece of history in which a few lucky people can, for a few days, imagine themselves to be living there. The agreeable feature of having a key to the tower, rather than having to pass by reception, fosters this illusion; so does the relaxed hospitality of M de Coral, and even the slightly, charmingly, faded grandeur of the rooms. It was a real treat [in France] to be shown the tea/drinks cupboard, fresh milk included, tucked under the staircase in the tower.
Our room, with large bathroom, was larger and far more attractive than any comparably priced room in a standard hotel. The essentials [comfortable bed, plumbing, and excellent sound insulation] have been added to a setting that looks otherwise much as it would have done any time in the last two centuries. In an age where hotel rooms are either blandly identical or overtly design-conscious it is a peculiarly relaxing place.
As others have said, the breakfast is good [in a rather dark room]; we also highly recommend the family restaurant, c800m away down a nearby lane.
Some inconsiderate highway builders have, sadly, run the main road and motorway to Spain right past the chateau. This is a cause for regret when outside, but the noise isn't an issue within.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Near the beaches of Saint Jean de Luz on the Spanish border, this fortified castle has belonged to the same family since it was built in 1341. Louis XI once visited the château, now renowned for its fine 16th and 18th century architecture and splendid 17th century lounges. It was raised to the status of Viscounty by Louis XIV. In the carefully restored interiors, it is easy to imagine the past splendour of the place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau d`Urtubie Hotel Saint-Jean-De-Luz