Bordeaux offers a wide range of hotel options, from grand palaces to elegant older-style hostelries to ultra-modern hip hangouts. Most of the leading business and leisure hotels are in the easily-traversed city centre, close to major attractions, but there are also several excellent choices in the vineyard regions.
1. Aparthotel Adagio Bordeaux Gambetta
Overlooking Parc Gambetta square and just a short stroll to Place Gambetta, it is a modern, functional 4-star apartment hotel with 111 units in various configurations from studio to two-bedroom. Prices are affordable and there is an on-site gym and sauna. Apartments have equipped kitchens for self-catering.
2. Yndo Hotel
A little slice of stylish chic in the city, Hotel Yndo is a boutique five-star property that prides itself on individualised service. A re-purposed 19th-century mansion, it has a private garden, dining room and terrace and all the rooms are styled differently with a quirky touch. The property is dotted with eclectic artworks.
3. Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel
If you want to be central to the action, surrounded by the cool people, this is the top hotel in town. An effortlessly stylish 5-star property, its located in an 18th-century building opposite the Grand Theatre. The renowned (and starred) Pressior de Argent (Gordon Ramsay) is just one of its several restaurants and bars. And there is a spa.
4. Le Boutique Hotel
A chic 4-star small hotel situated in an 18th-century home of a noble family, it offers a very French experience. Once a rendezvous for high society, it offers rooms/suites in a range of styles and has its own wine bar with a selection of local bottles. Think personalised tastings with a sommelier, or in-room massages.
5. Le Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez
A grand 5-star hotel with its own two-Michelin-star restaurant, this is a meeting place of global gastronomes. Arts patron Magrez is the owner of four wine chateaux in the region. Think refined and elegant rooms in the style of the Emperor Napoleon (just six in all) and a menu overseen by legendary Pierre Gagniare.
One of the city's modern architectural landmarks, the Seeko'o on Quai des Chartrons opened in 2007. A 4-star hotel, across from the Garonne, it often offers a view of river cruise ships. Seeko'o has just 38 rooms, including a spectacular “panoramic suite” on the fifth floor, and is home to a popular cocktail bar.
7. Hotel de Tourny
A very elegant and centrally situated boutique hotel with just 12 ultra-comfortable rooms, the Tourny is close to most of Bordeaux's key attractions and has an intimate atmosphere befitting its setting in an 18th-century hôtel-particulier or grand town house. It is popular with guests seeking discretion and low-key luxury.
8. Hotel Burdigala – MGallery Collection
Located just a couple of blocks from the city centre, the Burdigala is one of the best 5-star addresses. It is gracious and understated, renovated a couple of years ago, with helpful service from professional staff and comfortable, well-equipped rooms, along with outstanding breakfasts in the on-site restaurant.
9. Pullman Bordeaux Lac
In an area popular with conference goers, the 4-star Pullman offers an alternative for those who do not enjoy city hustle and bustle. Next door to the ornamental lake, city conference centre and Theatre Barriere Casino, it is around 15-20 minutes from the city by tram and has a heated pool and gym.
10. Mama Shelter
One of a chain of funky urban resorts created by the Trigano family (who launched Club Med), Mama Shelter has quirky decor by Philippe Starck and although its rooms are relatively small it is a lively and affordable option in the centre of the city. The hip rooftop bar and restaurant are popular.