Hotel de Silhouette
What We Love
- A historic boutique hotel on France's scenic Basque coast, with breakfast included
- The historic charm of this former residence dating back to the ancien régime
- Your central location in the heart of town, a short walk from the main beach
- Being surrounded by sumptuous French cuisine in your historic Les Halles foodie neighborhood
What To Know
- Located in a chic seaside town on France's Basque coast
- Guestrooms are done up in a funky, contemporary style
- The hotel restaurant is only open in spring and summer, but there's local produce and artisinal goods at the year-round market across the street
Follow in the footsteps of Étienne de Silhouette, the French finance
minister to Louis XV, at his former residence-turned-stylish boutique hotel. Hotel de Silhouette, a four-star TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, is housed in one of the city’s oldest buildings, and its original charm has been maintained, but lovingly updated with contemporary design and statement wallpaper. After a peek at the 20 designer guest rooms, don’t be
surprised if you find yourself imagining that you, too, are luxuriously
ensconced at the king’s court.
Alas, you’re not at Versailles, but Biarritz. This chic seaside town on France’s ruggedly beautiful Basque coast is a European
capital of surfing and style. Today, well-heeled jet-setters and sun-seeking travelers have replaced the aristocracy as the prime demographic drawn to its scenic Atlantic shores, but the dramatic beauty and charm of the old bars and cafés remain. Oh, and speaking of that shore – did we mention that the beach, also visited by royalty, is just steps away?
Don’t let the natural materials –
particularly wood and stone – fool you into thinking that the 20 rooms
here are anything but luxury. With designer wallpaper and statement
throws providing a splash of color, these chic rooms follow a cool and contemporary design brief to the letter. There’s even soundproofing, MP3
readers and a well-stocked minibar to keep you entertained.
the hotel’s imitation sheep graze on the lawn, dig into a continental breakfast in the dining room or in the privacy of your
own room. The hotel restaurant is only open in spring and summer, with a
splendid terrace to dine on, but you can enjoy regional specialties in
the many restaurants in the local Quartier des Halles neighborhood for
lunch and dinner.
If you’re here for
salty fresh sea air, you’re perfectly positioned just 984 feet from
the beach, and golf aficionados are a mere 2625 feet from Le Phare
Golf Club. For astounding sea views and a feeling of weightlessness,
walk across the small bridge over the sea to the Virgin on the Rock
(Rocher de la Vierge), and be sure to make time for an exquisite fresh
fish supper at one of the port’s seafood joints. Biarritz is a gem for
chic French clothes shopping too, and you have a fabulous spread of
upscale boutiques to wander between.
How to Get There
We spent one night at the Silhouette and we loved it. I would go again on a future visit. The hotel is compact but beautifully decorated and presented. The rooms are all different and individual in style but are comfortable and contemporary. The garden is an oasis and the staff are incredibly capable and helpful. The location is perfect for exploring the beaches, restaurants and shops in Biarritz. I wished we could have stayed longer
This is a remarkable small hotel right across the street from the centra
Market and dozens of restaurants and bars. the staff is most welcoming and can’t do enough for you. The rooms are immaculate. The atmosphere is casual. Try for room
201 with a roof terrace. You will it be disappointed with this choice of hotel.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hotel de Silhouette in Biarritz. The rooms, our daughter was with us, were very comfortable and well maintained. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. We highly recommend Hotel de Silhouette!