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
A good choice for a trip when you don’t have your own transport, as the hotel is right opposite the tourist information office and close to many attractions. It is also an easy tram trip from the main rail station to the Quinconces stop just across the road from the hotel.
Our room was very pleasant, street-facing with large opening windows for fresh air. Very little traffic noise with the windows closed, even though on quite a busy street. The bathroom was modern with twin basins, a good powerful shower (but no bath) and a separate WC. There are rooms with baths.
Breakfast was 19.50 euros - comparatively expensive, but a very good choice of mostly cold items. Smoked salmon, hams, dried sausage, cheeses, crunchy French rolls, cereals, cakes and pastries, plus plenty of fresh fruit and yoghurts.
Nespresso coffee machine. Breakfast being available until 11 am and noon checkout were also good points. Reception staff we met were polite, pleasant and efficient. Would certainly stay again.
The hotel is VERY difficult to find but it is a good location for Bordeaux sites, and shopping. It is right across the street from the tourist office which is where you go to book vineyard tours. The room had a fridge but it was cramped and small. The elevator is TINY. The staff wasn't super friendly. The hall lights are motion activated and took a second to come on so it was creepy to open your door to darkness. They had a nice breakfast. Parking lots are very tight to drive in. The hotel does validate parking but you have to find and use their approved garage which is a block and a half away.
Spent 2 nights.
Pros: well-located by park and transportation. Bathrooms quite nice with deep tubs, power showers, and Fragonard accoutrements. Beds comfortable, with upscale linens.
Cons: Reception was negligent and more suited to a 1-star hotel. Asked them to arrange taxi, and after it was 15 minutes past due, and we needed to catch a train, had to take it upon ourselves to sprint to square to find a taxi. The man at reception was more interested in protecting prestige of taxi than of guest needs. Some corner rooms were just plain depressing, with view of wall 5 feet away.