Le Regina Biarritz Hotel & Spa MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Stunning location overlooking the bay of Biarritz
- Heated outdoor pool
- Located next door to a world class 18-hole golf course
- This five-star property has a Grand Belle Epoque façade
What To Know
- The property is around two miles from Biarritz Airport
- A car is recommended to explore the local area
- Free parking and WiFi
- The restaurant menu changes each season
- A city tax of approximately $2 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the hipster surf town of Biarritz, in southwestern France, Le Regina is a Belle Epoque gem with commanding views of the beach and the iconic Phare lighthouse. Built in 1907 and fully refurbished in 2014, the property is centered on a light-drenched central atrium. The 65 guestrooms and suites all have Art Deco-style furniture. For added space book a Superior Room. The Suites are large, at 484 square feet, and feature recessed ceilings and separate lounge areas. Kick back on the ritzy terrace at the restaurant No. 1 By Georges, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Georges Blanc. Dine on classic French fare such as lobster in white wine sauce or Black Angus steak with potato gratin, and be sure to leave room for the signature “Paris-Biarritz” caramel and chocolate eclairs. Follow dinner with a glass of bubbly at the dimly lit Café N, or round off the day with a body wrap and a massage at the Omnisens spa and hammam.
In the Area
Just 20 miles from the Spanish border, the chic coastal resort of Biarritz is a playground for the rich and famous, as well as a prime destination for surfers of all ages and abilities. Paradise Surf School offers lessons and camps throughout the year. For a journey into the past, take a ride on the vintage railroad, the Petit Train de la Rhune. This 1920s-era locomotive climbs the steep slopes of the Pyrenees and offers unmatched views of the French and Spanish Basque country. For a sugar fix, look no further than the Chocolate Museum. Take in the permanent exhibition, then make a beeline for the store and stock up on tasty bonbons.
How to Get There
We stayed at Le Regina Biarritz for three nights and were very pleased with our choice!
The hotel is extremely comfortable, and all the staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly.
We were especially impressed with Eric the Concierge and Jean Baptist’s the Sommelier who both gave exceptionally good service.
Our room had very good views of the sea and the lighthouse.
The restaurant was very good for dinner, and the €39 menu was a very good deal - we liked it so much that we had dinner in 5he restaurant on all three nights we were there.
The breakfast was in the same location as dinner and was good, but at the busiest times the demand for the hot buffet caused a shortage of cooked food on offer.
The gym was ok, but for a five star hotel could have been a bit larger and offered more equipment. All the time I was there it was busy.
Biarritz is a lovely destination and we were blessed with very nice and unseasonably warm weather ( we fortunately left the day that Storm Amélie arrived!)
Nearby St Jean Du Lux was also worth a visit.
Overall a very nice and enjoyable stay at Le Regina.
Right near the beach, a short walk into town. Very serene and a beautiful building. Great spa with Turkish bath and heated outside pool. Very comfortable bed and lovely bathroom. Breakfast was varied and fresh. Only critique would be the restaurant interior was a little dated and lacked character which is the opposite of the rest of the hotel.
Our biking hiking trip with Backroads ends at this hotel. Three couples traveling together asked to book an add on night at the end of our trip. We made a mistake and thought the BR trip ended on Friday, October 4th so we booked an additional night for Saturday, October 5th. We told them we were extending our trip and would like to stay in the same room both nights. No one caught that we were off a night. Once we realized our trip ended Thursday, October 3rd -one night earlier than thought we asked to add the middle night October 4th. They said only 2 suites and 1 ocean view room were available that night. They said our classic room pre pay rate was non-refundable so if the 2 couples moved to the suite and one couple moved to the ocean view room and didn't want to change rooms every night we would lose the money for the 2 nights in the classic rooms completely it would not even go towards paying for the expensive room all 3 nights. After much back and forth with our travel agent to hotel and with Backroads to hotel on behalf of us, and getting no resolution from the hotel, We opted to lose the money for one night so we will just change rooms one night rather than 2 nights and we will lose the money for the last night. I am hoping someone from the hotel reads this and that may help them understand what has happened and be willing to upgrade us the first night to the same room category room so that we don't have to change rooms. Or at least credit us for the 2 nights classic room we paid and we will pay for the suite and oceanfront rooms all 3 nights. My thought is by hearing the problem third party they may not have known all of the details. The hotel looks lovely on the website and I have heard great things about the area, so we are looking forward to having 3 nights there. I am hoping by reaching out this way someone at the hotel may see our predicament and be willing to at least upgrade us the first night so that we don't have to move rooms.