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
My husband and I like to visit Biarritz any time we possibly can, but much to his chagrin, I left him at home this time to bring my best friend instead.
She’d never visited Biarritz before and I thought Hôtel de Silhouette was perfect to stay near my beloved Les Halles and be a short walk to the beach. It’s an absolutely lovely hotel in a perfect location and the garden is a wonderful spot to take a break in the shade with a glass of wine. For these things alone, I’d stay here again.
Our room, however, was odd and NOT one I’d get again when staying with a friend even a best friend. We were at the end of the hall and had one window that opened up to the not-so-lovely smell of exhaust from the drive nearby so it stayed shut, which made it stuffy even with the air con on. I liked the tiny sitting room with the TV because it gave a place to go when my friend was in the shower - thanks for asking, why would I need to do that?
Because the shower room is literally open to the bedroom and for no reason (the photo I attached is the view directly into the shower from the main room). They could easily put privacy glass or a curtain or maybe even go so far as a sliding door shutting off the bathroom...but there was nothing. Aside from the awkwardness, an open shower is also just drafty. Just...odd.
Aside from that, I didn’t exactly love that we’d stored our luggage in the luggage closet for the afternoon before our flight and when we came back a few hours later, it was all sitting next to the reception desk for no reason I could quite understand. Again, just odd.
Despite that, it is a nice-looking hotel in a great area and with a peaceful garden to take a break in so I’d give it another try. In a different room!
Charming hotel in the heart of the city! Excellent location and close to everything.
15 min by taxi from the train station, 1/2h walk to the bus station, 5 min walk to the beach .
Very friendly staff (especially Kati), great room service, clean room, comfortable beds and nice bedding and fluffy towels.
The only negative is that our window was right outside of the garden patio and ppl would stay and talk loud (late in the eve) and smoke would fill the room, I would pref to have my windows open when it’s nice and breezy outside.
Overall beautiful property that we highly recommend.
I love the Silhouette - right across the street from the Halles, which is the main market, and it's grouping of excellent restaurants. Although my room was small and without a view, I didn't mind because it was quiet and the sleep was excellent. And I spent most of my time on the beach, in the shops, or reading in the beautiful garden of the hotel. The staff are wonderful, and so helpful and friendly. Breakfast was good, especially the bread. The hotel is a quick 10-15 minute drive to the main Biarritz train station, and a really quick stroll to the large surfer beach (which is excellent for swimming too at low tide), but also very close to the small beach and the swimming beach. I loved the shopping in Biarritz, and the hotel has a super cheese shop nearly opposite, an espadrille shop next to the entrance, and wonderful delicatessens all around. Highly recommended. It is possible to have a view from the higher floors, but I'd be sure to call the hotel in advance to ensure you have that booked, and it will be a view of the ocean (it's a middle-of-town hotel, not right on the beach). That said, it's great for returning after dinner because it's close to all the main restaurant locations.