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Hotel Villa L'Arche
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Bidart
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 July 2013

Love this hotel by the ocean. Bidart is a small atlantic village, Basque, charming, walkable. The hotel Villa L'arche is in a quiet residential beach neighborhood entered through a gate in a hedge.

The host is quirky and charming...very tan. On his reception desk sits a plastic lime green Buddha head that let's you know the atmosphere in the lobby. The lush green lawn scattered with bright adirondack chairs leads to a sharp "falaise" that breaks suddenly downward to the beach. Rickety stairs will lead you willingly to the wet sand and boisterous waves.

Our room was on the 1st floor with a private terrace that lead out to that gorgeous lawn. We had good WIFI service and plenty of room inside. It was bright and airy and modern. Loved everything about the hotel with the only disappointment being...no swimming pool, nor hottub. But high high marks for everything else.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

The Hotel haves an excellent location and the services are correct. When you arrive you are a little shocked with the style but after is fun.
going down to the beach is 2 min and the view from the garden is very nice.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2010

We visited Hotel Villa L'Arche in Bidart last year in late spring/early summer as a special treat for 3 nights whilst visiting family up the coast.

We personally loved the 'cool' design features of the B&B (Not a hotel as claimed) which, along with the elevated 'end of beach front' location (but alas no pool!), encouraged us to pay the 'hefty' cost per night. Given this you'd have thought that Air conditioning would be an absolute given, but instead our request for a fan was ignored and a disdainful response was received ... we were told that we didn't need it and to pull the shutter down!

This was accompanied with a morning telephone call instructing us to vacate our room so it could be cleaned even though we wished to have a lazy morning, which was obviously deemed unacceptable ...more akin to a B&B than a hotel?

I'm afraid that the attitude of the senior staff (which was not completely across the board but seemed infectious!) sometimes displayed an unnecessary arrogance which really spoiled our stay.

The crowning glory in this regard was the around £30 PER HEAD breakfast charge/rip off we were asked to settle on checking out, which was around 2 and a half times the original stated price, apparently due to an extra yoghurt, hot chocolate and coffee, which was not made clear at all when ordering. In simple terms it seemed Mr Spialtini and friend 'got the hump' when we asked for extras at breakfast and decided to 'make us pay' quite literally for the inconvenience.

When challenged the response was once again predictably arrogant and quite frankly I could not face an argument before heading up the coast in the car.

I was not going to add a review and put this one down to experience, but seeing Mr Spialtini's overly defensive and 'edgy' responses to previous reviews, it is very clear that the attitude shown to us is not a one off and that others should be aware of this prior to spending a large amount of well earned money in deciding to stay at the Villa L'Arche.

We are never normally inclined to add such comments to sites etc. in general and fully expect a suitably pointed response, but on this occasion we felt obliged and duty bound to add honest feedback to enable future visitors to make an educated choice.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2005

We recently stayed at the Villa L'Arche hotel (3 stars) in Bidart, just outside Biarritz. The hotel itself was lovely. More like a very large house with a lovely dining room/lounge area. All bedrooms have sea views. Our room was great, leading out onto a terrace which lead out into the garden. The bathroom was huge and brand new. Excellent a la carte breakfast - eggs and bacon too, which is rare to find in France. The hotel gardens are very simple but lovely - great sweeping lawns and big wooden chairs overlooking the ocean. The garden steps lead down directly onto Bidart beach which is a nice, quiet beach with an excellent seafood restaurant: La Tantina de la Playa. Bidart beach is also quite good for surfing. The village of Bidart is small, but a lovely typically Basque village and just a couple of minutes outside Biarritz which is a fantastic town. Loads of great shops, excellent restaurants and really good surfing beaches. We go every summer, but this was our first visit to the Villa L'Arche which we'd found in a Charming Hotels guidbook. The website is: -----------

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Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 November 2017
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  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 August 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Address: Chemin Camboenea, 64210 Bidart, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Pyrenees-Atlantiques > Basque Country > Bidart
Amenities:
Beach Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Bidart
Price Range: £129 - £350 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa L'Arche 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ocean is at the bottom of the garden here your only neighbour is the ocean. Eight room and junior suite with private terrace, decoration with a stray characters, always unique and with all the comfort. A bracing sea-green. a lands scaded whose pride challenges that of the ocean. Sliding gently towards the salty sea air ... more   less 
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