Hotel Burdigala Bordeaux MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- An excellent base for exploring this classic French city of wine
- Slick contemporary design combined with good old-fashioned luxury
- Friendly, professional staff and an exemplary level of service
What To Know
- The Burdigala’s façade is classic 18th-century Bordeaux; its 20th-century neighbors are not quite as pretty
- No spa or pool, and the "fitness room" is a five-minute walk away and costs an additional $14 per day
- It's a short walk to the old town, with its shops, restaurants and museum
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built in the 18th century, Hotel Burdigala’s façade is classic Bordeaux. Inside, though, the plush contemporary decor is far from understated. Three dramatic tulip chairs designed by Marcel Wanders dominate the open-plan ground floor in front of the circular restaurant, a curtained-off area with a giant skylight above the tables. The cozy bar is separated from the restaurant by a long glass wine cellar, displaying some very fine wines from the region.
Bed and Bath
The 83 guestrooms are all about luxe comfort. Colors are muted, but the look is anything but minimalist; think crisp white linens, giant pillows and textured throws on the bed, sofas laden with golden cushions and a backdrop of striped curtains and flock wallpaper. Bathrooms have mosaic walls, tubs and powerful walk-in showers.
The buffet breakfast offers all the French favorites, from mini-patisseries, crepes and pancakes to sausages and eggs, fresh fruit and an impressive selection of donuts, macaroons and canelé (typical Bordeaux cakes: small, dense, caramelized and delicious). At lunch and dinner the hotel’s restaurant serves innovative dishes (try the guinea fowl with chanterelles and parsnip and cocoa sauce, or sautéed sturgeon with maki tempura). The comfortable bar serves snacks and has a covered terrace.
In the Area
Find out about wine, the lifeblood of Bordeaux, at the Musée du Vin et du Négoce; learn about the winemaking process from vine to bottle, and enjoy a tasting session. Finish a day’s shopping at the Grand Bar Castan, one of Bordeaux’s exceptional restaurants, where the food often complements wine rather than the other way around. Splash out on fancy food at Le Chapon Fin or go low-key at La Remise, for reasonably priced fare in a cozy setting. Rent a car or book a tour to visit some of the stunning chateaux in the surrounding countryside.
How to Get There
This hotel in downtown Bordeaux hits all the right notes: beautiful, welcoming lobby that is tastefully decorated; well-appointed rooms with coffee service and comfortable beds; worry-free valet-parking; free smartphone use; and a terrific restaurant and bar. Based on these details alone, you should stay at the Hotel Burdigala because it is fantastic, but the warm, friendly staff elevate it even higher. They take a great hotel and make it just about perfect. We felt welcome. We felt attended to. We felt a level of kindness you don’t often find these days. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. You must stay here if you find yourself planning a trip to Bordeaux.
The hotel has been well refurbished and is very comfortable. Reasonably close to the sites of the town and quite convenient for the excellent tram service.
Only complaints were that in most rooms the WiFi did not work, and despite complaints nothing was done. Also, getting served in the bar usually involved a game of"Hunt the barman".
We had reserved a standard room, but we were upgraded to a suite at no extra charge. The suite was large and elegant - bedroom, living room, dressing area and two baths. We had cocktails in the hotel bar, and dinner in its restaurant - both highly satisfactory. It's a modern hotel, about 15 minutes walk from the center of the city. The staff was friendly and the price was reasonable.
I arrived at the Hotel Burdigala on May 23, 2018. They were very welcoming and efficient. My room was lovely. I had a problem with opening my suitcase and the concierge (I'm sorry I didn't get his name) was very helpful, made some calls and confirmed that the luggage department at Gallerie Lafayette would be able to help me. He then provided me with a map and directions. Excellent service! The bar was very nice and the wine selection impressive. I slept so well I missed breakfast, but my stay at the hotel was a great experience. When I checked out, they stored my luggage and provided me with an umbrella in case of showers. When I returned to pick up my suitcase, they had added a bottle of nail polish that was featured in the room. Whenever I wear this red polish, it will remind me of Bordeaux and my stay at the lovely Hotel Burdigala.
Really good quality hotel situated just outside the town walls of Bordeaux so take your walking shoes because you will need them. Bordeaux itself was a real surprise to us and this hotel was equally so. The room was the height of French design and very quirky. It was extremely comfortable with everything you would need for a stay. The reception from the staff was warm and welcoming and throughout our stay they were on hand to help. Top marks for service. The breakfast was excellent and the bars and restaurant were typical of a quality French hotel. There is parking but for us it would have been nicer if the hotel had been closer to the beautiful centre of Bordeaux town, Hotel and town definitely worth another visit.