The whole area of 'Ville d'Hiver' in Arcachon has definitely seen better days. However, with saying that, there are still some magnificent buildings that are still in everyday use. The style of architecture ranges from Art Nouveau and Gothic through to some examples of Art Deco.
Externally, the Villa Regina is more reminiscent of something from 'The Addams Family', 'The Munsters' or even 'Psycho'. Internally, it's long corridors led me to expect a pair of sinister twins waiting for me at each turn. The rooms are fine although somewhat dated and decorated in a somewhat 'spartan' manner.
Quiet and peacefully located above Arcachon itself, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to walk down into the town, a little bit longer to walk back up.
Don't expect to be able to check-in early or even leave your bags securely, as no staff were present when we arrived about 1pm - it was eerily deserted. Check-in is only available after 3pm.
Free parking for guests to the rear of the hotel is a plus.
Breakfast is available, although it was not quite as substantial as I was expecting for the price.
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- Also Known As:
- Regina Hotel Arcachon