L’hôtel du Palais: Biarritz’ pearl opens its gates on the ocean and French Basque country
France is full of authentic and historical places, such as Hôtel du Palais, dated from 1854 and inspired by Napoleon 3rd’s love for Joséphine. At first called “Villa Eugénie”, the building was transformed through the years and became Palais Biarritz, before being torched and be definitely called Hôtel du Palais in 1903. Today, The Millairdaire offer you to discover one of France’s 19 palaces.
More than a hotel, a real palace!
Hôtel du Palais is a five star hotel classified among French palaces since 2011. Located only a few kilometres from Spanish border, its façade and rooftop are considered as historical monuments and hide 145 rooms and 55 suites facing Atlantic ocean, or overhanging the garden, the park, the main courtyard or the pool.
Inspired by Second Empire style, rooms and suites at Hôtel du Palais still offer all necessary modern technologies for a pleasant stay. The hotel even has apartments composed with two separate spaces as an entry, a double room with a view upon the beach and a lounge space, a spacious bathroom and another room with two simple beds and separate bathroom. A luxury ideal for families!
Then come the rooms at Hôtel du Palais, all decorated with great care with tapestries, paintings and furnishing from Napoleon III period. Each of them possesses its own identity and there are even contemporary suites located on the 5th floor for those who prefer modern times.
Suites at Hôtel du Palais represent one, two or even three communicating bedrooms and a living space. Royal Suites are truly refined and represent exquisite French luxury, with noble materials such as Burmese teak or Carrara marble. You can also choose Ocean suites that represents from 60 to 80sq.m with – as their name indicates- a stunning view of the sea, the Imperial Suites that represents 75 to 90sq.m and finally Palace, Junior and Biarritz suites that represent from 50 to 65sq.m, more intimate but still spacious.
To deserve its “French Palace” title, Hôtel du Palais works with the best experts in terms of French gastronomy to satisfy their client’s palate. Then chef Jean-Marie Gautier and his assistants do an amazing job with the restaurant’s team, always searching for progress and perfection, and adapting their menu to all seasons.
So Hôtel du Palais offers two places of exception for your culinary envies, such as Villa Eugénie that offers gastronomic dinner in one of Europe’s most beautiful restaurant. There, huge bay windows allow you to eat in front of the ocean, Biarritz famous lighthouse and the bay, while you appreciate the menu of this rewarded restaurant (one star at Michelin Guide). There you also savour classical but still refined and tasty cuisine, cooked with local products and seafood. A great choice of traditional dishes is also offered.
If you prefer to relax outside the restaurant, you can also choose Hippocampe restaurant at Hôtel du Palais. This one is open from April to October and has one of the city’s most beautiful views. The menu is light, and can be tasted between the Ocean and the pool. At the end of the day, you can have a pleasant moment at Imperial bar and listen to piano while choosing one of the hotel’s impressive cognacs and Armagnacs.
Then, ladies can benefit from cares treatments at the fabulous Imperial Spa that represents more than 3000sq.m on 5 levels at Hôtel du Palais. All these spaces are dedicated to beauty and well-being in association with prestigious Guerlain brand. Elected as Best Spa hotel in Europe and Mediterranean region, Hôtel du Palais and its spa offer unique bath spaces with covered fresh water swimming pool, 2 saunas, 2 hammams and 1 hot tub, but also a lounge space above the sea, a special hair care space, fitness centre and a 27°C-“Californian” heated pool that draws its water directly from the ocean and that was inaugurated by the great Franck Sinatra himself!
As we are found of hotels of exception, as rare as sumptuous, The Millardaire team could only recommend you to stop by one of France’s most beautiful hotels for all you next travels to French Basque country!
Our team’s review: Unforgettable stay in “Sissi l’impératrice” suite. Particular mention to the hotel’s staff for its attention and professionalism
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