Bordeaux

Hotels in Bordeaux

There’s nothing to ‘wine’ about during a trip to Bordeaux. Over the past few years this sleeping beauty of a city has undergone massive regeneration, and thanks to a listing by UNESCO, is now recognised as one of France’s most beautiful cities. The Bordelaise people would certainly agree that their sprawling city could give Paris a run for its money.

Whether you’re planning a tour of the vineyards, or only want to drink in the street life of the French south-west, our hotels in Bordeaux offer the perfect base. Like all large cities, Bordeaux can be split into neighbourhoods. Each one has its own characteristics. If you’re planning on staying in Bordeaux, we recommend the following quarters.

St Michel

Colourful and lively, the St Michel neighbourhood is a great place to take in the atmosphere. Pavement cafes and excellent restaurants provide plenty of spots to watch the world go by, or you can join in the hustle and bustle by mingling with the crowd. There are frequent open air markets held underneath the watchful spires of the gothic basilica, with people selling everything from fruit to shoes.

La Victoire

Hotels in La Victoire are central, and perfect for party animals. Bordeaux has a very lively nightlife, thanks in part to its student population, and most of it can be found in the area near the Place de la Victoire (Victory Square). Bars, cafes, and fast food joints can be found nearby, and during the year there are often live performances in the square itself. It’s also one of the main entry points to Rue Sainte-Catherine, one of the largest shopping streets in Europe.

St Pierre

The historical heart of Bordeaux, St Pierre was once the location for a Gallic port used during the Roman era. It was filled in hundreds of years ago, and the 15th/16th Century Eglise Saint Pierre stands on the site of it today. Most of the ancient buildings are gone now, and in their place are elegant 18th Century mansions, palaces, and fountains. It’s the gastronomic capital of the city, with bistros and wine bars to suit all tastes. There are plenty of hotels, too.

St Jean

If you’re arriving in or leaving Bordeaux by train, hotels in the St Jean quarter are the most convenient. It surrounds the impressive Gare de Bordeaux, and with thousands of people passing through each day there’s no surprise that it has an excellent infrastructure with cafes, restaurants, and shops. Everything in this quarter stay s open later than the rest of Bordeaux, so if you find yourself looking for something to do after hours it’s a good place to go.   

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