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What We Love

  • Central location in the historic “Golden Triangle” and close to all the major sights
  • The Grand Hotel fills a series of 18th-century interconnected buildings, so no two rooms are the same
  • The hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Pressoir d’Argent, serves a signature lobster dish made using a $40,000 silver Christofle press
  • The brunch spread at Brasserie Le Bordeaux

What To Know

  • Labyrinthine corridors can make finding your room difficult
  • Plenty of stairs to navigate in the hallways
  • The city center can get congested with traffic, so plan ahead to catch your train or flight
  • Better for couples than families
  • Winter in Bordeaux means short, gray days
  • Pets are allowed for an additional cost of approximately $30 per day
  • Smoking is not permitted on the property

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

Taking full advantage of its setting in Bordeaux’s UNESCO-listed historical center, the stately Grand Hotel de Bordeaux brings the meaning of traditional hospitality back to the city’s hotel scene with a slew of period features and contemporary amenities.

The hotel is actually made up of interconnected 18th-century buildings across from Bordeaux’s famous Grand Théâtre, and it was renovated in 2007 by designer Jacques Garcia. Thanks to its idiosyncratic layout, no two of the 127 rooms and 21 suites are exactly the same, so if you find a room you like, ask for it next time.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/2047/prop-63145-1321387278-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”After a spa treatment, head to the rooftop Jacuzzi for relaxation and spectacular city views.”}

Adding a jaunty note of nostalgia are friendly doormen wearing tricorn hats who usher guests into the hushed lobby. Those with time to spare settle in for afternoon tea in the bright, summery-green Orangerie, or for a cocktail at the almost-secret Victor Bar.

Upstairs, along labyrinthine corridors, the guestrooms have been decorated with an eye toward the Napoleon III Empire style, replete with mahogany furniture upholstered in jewel-toned fabrics, flowing curtains, whimsical headboards and opulent bathrooms covered in pink and white marble — everything you’d need for your own 18th-century salon, only with modern amenities like WiFi and wall-mounted flat-screen TVs.

The hotel recently opened Les Bains de Léa, by Nuxe Spa, which has 12 treatment rooms, a hammam and a sauna, a fitness club and my favorite spot, a rooftop Jacuzzi terrace overlooking the city. The signature experience at the Grand Hotel, however, is dinner at the Michelin-starred Le Pressoir d’Argent, where guests can opt for a lobster dish made tableside by the gracious staff using one of only five Christofle silver lobster presses in the world.

How to Get There

Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel
2-5 Place De La Comédie
Bordeaux, 33000 France

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1805 Reviews
Decor is a bit much but lovely!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The decor is a little bit overpowering however, the hotel was still a lovely experience and I will be visiting again. The staff were excellent and very professional and this hotel has great parking as Bordeaux has very little parking when busy.

Very good service but too old fashioned
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The service is excellent!
The staff is very well trained and professional.
The food is very good.
Breakfast is excellent.
Having said that the furniture and decoration are too old fashioned for me.
But if you like that type of style I guess you will love it.

great hotel in bordeaux
Reviewed 1 month ago

stayed one night while exploring the city after a week in spain. great experience from check in to check out. part of amex fine hotel and resorts. incredible breakfast. friendly staff. will definitely stay here again.

Festive Season visit December 2018
Reviewed 1 month ago

Distinctive and imposing hotel located in up-market area of Bordeaux. Well situated for the Opera Building opposite and the chic, (expensive) shopping area of one of France's most attractive cities. This hotel is probably the best in the city and is reflected by excellent service from a pro-active and helpful frontline staff. Once you have navigated your way to the front of the building, you are greeted with a team anxious to look after your luggage and secure the storage of your vehicle. Extra charge for parking is expensive but well worth paying, if required they will return it within a few minutes.
Reception staff immaculate, well spoken and anxious to please, bar/bistro team equally as pleasant. The layout of the upper floors and rooms is something of a 'rabbit warren', several corners, staircases and mini corridors to navigate to find your accommodation. Perhaps not best suited to those with mobility issues. Rooms are old school traditional dark ambience, you'll always need the lights on. Beds are very comfortable, facilities spotlessly clean, shower is old fashioned and dangerous step into bath/glass partition style. Room fridge and snacks strictly for lottery winners, e.g. 9 euros for small pack of nuts!
Gordon Ramsay has a restaurant franchise within the building, however pricing strategy means it's for display, the majority of city visitors are unlikely to pay that much to dine. More affordable and classy Brasserie Le Noailles within 60 metres round the corner simply superb and highly recommended.
In summary, excellent hotel, we have stayed 3 times, very expensive and similar pricing strategy as other good hotels around the world. Bordeaux an excellent destination and worth visiting. .

Great location, beautiful hotel, a few issues but nice stay
Reviewed 1 month ago

My wife and I stayed at the hotel with our two teenage daughters, and got two separate rooms. First, the location is stellar, 1/2 block from the historic district with shopping, cute restaurants, squares etc. the hotel is older, and kind of an old-school garish design elements in the rooms ( red velvet , gold etc) but we thought it was kind of cool and different. Our kids got a standard room which was quite spacious and had a big bath, and they were on the side of the hotel ( technically no view) but at our request they had moved them up close to the front so they had a partial view of the square, and large windows so their room wasn’t that dark. My wife and I always want a balcony and a view when we stay at a hotel (see our other posts!) so we upgraded to the rooftop balcony suites. We liked the balcony in the top floor, but the rooms are sunken with no windows ( very dark and smaller than the other room) and you had to walk up 3 or 4 wooden steps to get to the balcony, which had 2 chairs and a table. Note you cannot see anything but the back of the stairs from the room itself. We were there in winter. And one night the wood was slippery from being wet and cold and my wife slipped and careened into the room. She wasn’t hurt, but if you get this room be careful! Also, the staff was good and bad. We were in the historic district and called the concierge for a recommendation to a quaint Italian restaurant near us, and the Concierge sent us to a restaurant along the Quai (20 minute walk in cold weather) that was not quaint and was very bright and completely empty at 830 in the evening. Not quite what we wanted, so we walked back to the old town. My wife and I decided to have a drink at the bar at hotel, after very slow service, I ordered us two 16 euro glinfiddich whiskies on the rocks; and when we got the bill, were saw the 1 was actually a fancy calligraphy 4. . . Yikes, 92 euros for 2 shots of whiskey. This place is very expensive! Anyways, we commented on both above situations upon leaving, and the head concierge snootily chastised is saying “ we should have eaten at the restaurant, it was a good”, whatever. However the check out person at the front desk took 20 percent off our last night stay bill which was about 72 euros, so it evened out the whiskey. Would consider staying there again, but would look at other options too.