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“Reminiscent of 'The Shining'”

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Residence Villa Regina
Ranked #10 of 32 Hotels in Arcachon
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11 reviews
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“Reminiscent of 'The Shining'”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

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.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

Booked last minute for 3nights, what a lovely place, so nice to have an apartment rather than just an hotel room. Comfy bed, well equipped little kitchen (no kettle, but I never travel without my small one anyway). Stunning 19c house, and a place for the bikes too. The staff were very charming and helpful, full marks to them. Arcachon was a little jewel, we cycled all over, down to the Dune, across to the Cap, was very pleased there was a lift from the town!! Will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2013

Staying in Arcachon is a great experience, as one can imagine the style in which our predecessors must .have passed their time in this elegant resort. The villas on the hill are a fascinating record of the architecture favoured in the late 1800's. Villla Regina now operates as an apartment rental hotel in which there is little al sense of community. The apartment we had was on the ground floor with a garden view. The kitchen area coped easily with a continental breakfast and drinks but is .not really suitable for cooking a meal. We also found the lack of a comfortable chair disappointing. The pool was cold but clean. The walk downhill to the town took about 10 minutes but slightly longer uphill on the way home! Perfectly adequate for a short stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

A late finish of my business day, and too tired to drive home I had a quick look on a few booking sites and came up with this place in the beautiful winter town area of Arcachon, if you don't know it, take a walk around, the architecture is wonderful.
The Villa Regina is a beautiful building in itself, although mostly used for weekly lets in the summer, they rent out the studios for single nights at other times of the year.
The people on reception were surprised to see me arrive as I had just booked on a site and they had not yet received confirmation. No problem they organised everything in 2 minutes and I found myself in a flat with a lounge, kitchenette, small bedroom and bathroom, far more that I needed for one night but nice, quiet, clean and confortable, all that for 70 euros; What more can you want.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Bury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

We stayed here in May 2011, self catering for one night only. The room was ensuite with all the usual extras. The kitchen area was very well equipped with enough cutlery etc for 4 people. The breakfast was extensive and nicely served by pleasant staff. And it was very reasonably priced. Recommended.

Room Tip: The rooms on the back are quieter but the front hotel rooms are not noisy at night in any case
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013 via mobile

The rooms are nice and big with a kitchenette. The hotel is nice and clean and quiet. Good value for money with nice friendly staff. A very Victorian style feel to this big old hotel with a large parking area and a huge glass sunroom in which to relax.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2013

Imagine a beautiful old 20s style villa, decor that makes me wish my grandma was with me, lovely girly to check you in, simple and clean rooms in a quiet location, loads of parking spaces... All for 54 euros! Nothing to complain about, for the price it was fantastic. Yes you could be picky and go on about how the carpets are threading a little and the kitchenettes are outdated and the beds are a bit hard... But it was all spotless, and dirt cheap. If you're looking for a modern and shiny finish, then go and spend twice the price elsewhere.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Residence Villa Regina
Address: 11 allee Corrigan, 33120 Arcachon, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Gironde > Arcachon
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Arcachon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Villa Regina 3*
Number of rooms: 66
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Regina Hotel Arcachon

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