Hotel Parc Beaumont Pau MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Most rooms have a terrace with views of the Pyrenees
- The underground Beauté Spa Bambou, with its pool, hot tub, sauna and Turkish steam bath
- Excellent service from the hotel staff, who go all out to make you comfortable
- Pets are permitted for an additional $20.50 per pet, per day
What To Know
- Parking in front of the hotel is free, but the underground garage costs $20 a day
- Most rooms overlook the park and mountains, but some have north-facing views over rooftops
- Pau is a historic town with a small, authentic feel. There are plenty of evening options, but don't come for the nightlife
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The hotel’s curved glass structure sweeps around Pau’s Parc Beaumont, so the restaurant, café and balconies enjoy a view of the park and the snowcapped Pyrenees. Interiors are filled with warm colors, natural materials and plenty of texture. The feel is resolutely contemporary, with modern furnishings and walls adorned by large paintings or sculptures.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are spacious and light, and many have mountain views from south-facing terraces. There is a careful emphasis on natural and local materials — parquet flooring, bespoke wooden and leather furniture, along with floral watercolors by a local artist — making for a modern but classic interior. The stone and marble tiles in many bathrooms are from the Pyrenees, and the soft, white bath linens are French-made. The bath products are by Carita, a brand also found in the spa.
The hotel’s local and seasonal restaurant, Le Jeu de Paume, is one of the most celebrated in Pau, while the Grand Prix café serves tasty snacks until midnight. Both look south over the park and have prime viewing positions for Pau’s annual grand prix, when, like Monaco, the town transforms itself into a bustling racetrack. For peace and quiet, the Beauté Spa Bambou, with its indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and Turkish steam room, is open until 10 p.m. and offers a full range of treatments (try one of the signature Carita or Decléor massages).
In the Area
Stroll through the park past the Palais Beaumont, a winter palace turned casino, toward Pau’s ancient château and museum. Take the Boulevard des Pyrénées and gaze down at the steep green slopes with their countless palm trees, and out at the tantalizingly close mountain peaks. Eat out in style at the Majestic, or enjoy local wine with tapas at the Au Grain de Raisin wine bar. Farther afield, just 50 minutes by car or 30 minutes by train, is the pilgrimage town of Lourdes. Want adventure? The Pyrenees are Pau’s playground; there are plenty of summer activities, and come wintertime the nearest ski resort is less than 90 minutes away.
How to Get There
The Hotel Park Beaumont is very well placed within Pau. It is within very easy walking distance from restaurants and bars, plus opposite is a lovely park to stretch your legs in. We stayed overnight whilst going on to Bilbao. Rooms are spacious and spotless, staff efficient and polite. We were travelling with our dog and they allow dogs, plus there is a secure underground carpark. We had a very comfortable stay.
We stayed here traveling back with our dogs from our house in Spain. Expected probably the usual 5 star hotel that wasn’t, if you understand my logic?! This, however, really was. We were upgraded to a beautiful room over looking the park. The bed was sooo comfortable and had the most divine pillows. It’s situated in a great location and we enjoyed some lovely drinks on the terrace. The drinks were 5 star prices!! We ate out locally and had plenty of choices available. We will definitely look forward to staying here again. Great staff and highly recommended.
The Hotel Parc Beaumont is modern and gracious. The rooms are calm and cool, with the most efficient and quiet AC I’ve ever experienced in a hotel. Just the right temperature, no sensation of blowing. This was very important, as our stay coincided with a terrible heat wave. The decor is serene and unfussy.
Service in the room is perfect and at least twice daily. Everything worked perfectly. We had a tub and a shower. The shower had a rain head and a handheld, fixed at chest level, so it was easy to freshen up from the heat without getting your hair wet.
There is an espresso maker, a small minibar selection, and paper cups as well as a china set. Water (gratis) is refreshed daily. There is a small fridge.
The only problem with our room was the lack of drawers. There are only two, they are in the closet, and very small. But the closet space is enormous.
We had a deluxe king with a balcony over the park. A lily pond is below, and frogs are busy all night. We like the sound, and left our patio door cracked open to enjoy them.
There is very little traffic, especially at night. By walking across the park and to your right there are many interesting and vibrant neighborhoods within a mile. We walked everywhere. If you walk straight through the Park, past the Palais Beaumont, the promenade will take you directly to the castle. Views of the Pyrénées the whole way.
Breakfast here is decent, but overpriced (26 euros). The dining room is beautiful, and the patio, weather permitting, is charming. There is a fresh buffet (26 euros) with choice of eggs cooked to order, but there is no a la carte option.
Considering our first night, with our incredibly late check in, and a sleepwalking mishap (forgiven!), it was amazing how smoothly the staff handled our stay.
We have relatives who moved here from the states, and we will certainly be back. I look forward to staying here again.
Thank you, Parc Beaumont staff, for a fantastic vacation to Pau!!