Hotel de Normandie
What We Love
- A central stay in Bordeaux, with breakfast and a bottle of wine includedThe enviable central location with easy access to all the city highlights
- Taking a boat trip down the Garonne river, stopping for wine-tasting at vineyards
- The sweeping views of grand Esplanade de Quinconces from the hotel windows
Immerse yourself in the very heart of the UNESCO World Heritage splendor of Bordeaux at Hotel de Normandie, located in a prime position in the historic 18th-century quarter. It boasts commanding views along the Esplanade de Quinconces, towards the expanse of Place Tourny square with its statues of local dignitaries. Enter its imposing doors to the grand high-ceilinged lobby with palatial pillars, sweeping balustraded staircase and gleaming marble floors, and discover a blend of modern and classic styles all the way up to the well-appointed guest rooms – some of which even come with a private terrace overlooking the city’s rooftops.
No visit would be complete without sampling some of Bordeaux’s world-acclaimed wine, and with the Bordeaux Wine Trade Council sat directly opposite, you can indulge in some of the very best of the region’s vintages and purchase a bottle or two to take home. Beyond this, the city has much more to offer: shop in upscale boutiques selling international brands, luxury goods and gourmet delights. Discover elegant squares, characterful churches and leafy parks. Promenade along the Garonne river and take in a show at the National Opera House. Foodies are equally well-catered for, with a vibrant restaurant scene that rivals any in France.
How to Get There
This is a lovely hotel, close to the historic buildings and many restaurants of downtown Bordeaux, and a good launching-point for visiting the many chateaux (wineries) in the surrounding areas. Fair breakfast buffet.
While in Bordeaux I accidently came across Hotel de Normandie after a bad Airbnb experience, and the staff could not have been more accommodating and welcoming. I didn’t have a reservation, but they quickly got me into a room, unloaded suitcases out of my car and they were in my room when I returned from parking the car. This is not a fancy hotel but the hospitality and great location make up for it. The room was spotless, the bed comfortable and the hot water was free flowing in the shower! I would definitely go back next time I am in Bordeaux.
This hotel couldn't be in a more convenient location. It is 10 minutes from the main train station by above ground tram, and the tram stops right across the street from the hotel. The water front is about a block away, the tourism office is kitty corner, and the shopping district is about a 5 minute walk. The hotel rooms are spacious and quite modern with a small refrigerator, coffee maker and flat screen T.V. The shower/basin is separate from the toilet. We had a small balcony that allowed us to step outside to check the temperature and people watch. Front desk staff are friendly and helpful. Buffet breakfast costs 19 euro per person but is very good with yogurt, cheese, bread, croissant, meats, hot dishes, fruit, pastries, espresso, milk etc. Across the street near the tram stop is a fast food shop selling drinks, doughnuts and other fast food. In the same area is a bike share station to rent or return bikes for biking around the city.
First, Bordeaux is a beautiful city that mixes heritage with the future. It's a very easy city to get around (due to an excellent light rail system). But if you are looking for an hotel in the best location, close to amazing shopping, transport, opposite the tourist office and great restaurants, then Hotel de Normandie is the perfect choice! The hotel is a simple, well run hotel with true french flavour. The staff are very helpful and speak several languages including English. The rooms are quiet (despite the location in the centre of town, due to the double window system), very clean and comfortable. We decided to take the breakfast option and I'm so glad we did. It was a lovely home cooked spread each morning with beautiful pastries, fruit, yoghurt, eggs, smoke salmon, ham, cheese etc etc. Even a tarte tatin freshly baked each morning. I could not fault Hotel de Normandie and quite simply at this price point - it is hard to beat.
The location makes this hotel a convenient choice if you want to be near lots of amenities, gardens and the old city. In spite of having a room facing a main street, the room was very quiet; also clean and of a good size. Whether speaking English or French, staff was always available and friendly. The continental breakfast was....just standard, certainly not the reason to choose this hotel.