Radisson Blu Hotel, Biarritz
What We Love
- A glamorous stay near the beach, with a rooftop pool overlooking the ocean - spa access includedThe fabulous rooftop swimming pool, which look out over the glistening ocean
- Being within walking distance of the famous Grande Plage and Côte des Basques beaches
- Having access to the spa - complete with a generous discount
What To Know
- The hotel is well located, just a short walk from the beach and city center
- Hit the rooftop bar for pre-dinner drinks, not a nightcap – it closes rather early
- Free WiFi works well
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The glamorous resort of Biarritz on France’s south-west coast has long been the playground of the international jet set since it was favoured by royalty back in the 1800s. You too can follow in their footsteps with a stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Biarritz, standing proud just back from the seafront.
This modern edifice is just a couple of minutes from the famous Côte de Basques beach, which is great for surfing and backed by rugged cliffs. If you find the waves too strong for swimming you can make use of the hotel’s fabulous rooftop swimming pool or treat yourself to some pampering in the spa. With quality in-house restaurants you never need stray far to dine, while the rooftop bar and terrace boasts one of the best views in town.
Stroll down to the famous Grande Plage, have a flutter at one of Biarritz’s huge casinos or play a round of golf on one of a number of top-notch local courses. After a busy day retire to your well-appointed room, equipped with every modern amenity for a restful night’s sleep. Awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Biarritz offers all you could wish in the heart of this chic but welcoming resort.
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First room had a very strong smell, which appeared to emanate from all soft furnishings in the room. The smell was so strong I was unable to sleep (despite my best efforts), and during the night I requested to change rooms. The receptionist did not apologise, but simply moved me to another room. This second room also smelt, but much less than the first. On checkout I raised this with a different receptionist who apologised and advised that occasionally the rooms can smell due to the proximity to the sea and the level of moisture in the air. If this is the case then a more regular/proactive approach to cleaning of the soft furnishings may well be required. At £150/night you do not expect to have to complain about a smelly room. I asked the receptionist if there was anything she could do in consideration of my experience, and she offered to waive the parking fee.
Everything else was OK. Breakfast was good, with a good selection on offer. The parking seemed expensive, but was glad to get it waived following the problems with the room.
We were only staying one night in Biarritz and since we were very concerned about the parking situation, we decided to stay at a good 'ol fashioned American-style hotel. Parking was pricey, but convenient and the location was great for walking to all the major attractions aside from the lighthouse. Plenty of good restaurants very close by, but I was surprised how many were shuttered in the beginning of May. The rooms were clean, spacious and comfortable.
Why not 5 stars? Well first when we checked in, the gentleman at the front desk tried to hard-sell us on an upgraded room. We were staying for one night (and at that point it was a mere few hours), so I feel the hard-sell was unnecessary as was the visible "disappointment" when we declined. Also, when we checked out there was a different man working the front desk and he was just really cold. Pretty much just wanted us to pay our parking rate and get outta there. In the hospitality business, it's these little interactions that determine your next stay.
This was a short stopover en route. The weather was bad so we did not get the full benefit of the hotel location and the rooftop was closed.
Did not feel it was good value, cost of breakfast and parking made it an expensive short overnight.
We were part of a larger group & had been traveling around France staying in mostly much smaller rooms,. So our spacious, quiet and very comfortable double king (queen?) room seemed like a heavenly palace! We could actually spread open both suitcases on the extra bed and not have to risk tripping on them in the middle of the night.
Rooms are modern, clean and very well appointed with more than adequate, fast elevator service. There's a pleasant bar area in the lobby for meeting up with friends and the bottle of wine we ordered was fairly priced.
The only drawback was a group dinner that was really poorly prepared & presented; however breakfast offerings the next morning were more than adequate & of very good, fresh quality - in fact one of the best we had on our 2+ week trip around France.
The pool bar on the roof was unfortunately closed, but we were able to go up there (with room key card) to enjoy the nice views in a peaceful outdoor setting.
Really happy with the Hotel. Nice and open layout. Rooms are very well sized. Wifi is of a good standard. And most importantly, it's clean!! Plenty of lifts and they all worked. All the staff seemed lovely. The rooftop terrace is beautiful. Food is reasonable priced and lots of choice.
The overall location is a selling point in itself. Not far from the beach, and not far from town. But far enough that it's quiet.