Biarritz: for the view, the atmosphere or the decor, our ten favorite hotels

In the Basque Country, a wind of novelty is blowing through the hotel industry. From complete renovations to pure creation, we have selected the prettiest addresses in the city to discover without delay.

For the view


An institution in Biarritz. The Café de Paris, taken over by former ski champion Annie Famose and her children Sarah and David Brémond, has just received a total makeover thanks to the talent of decorator Sarah Lavoine. A small establishment with only nineteen rooms but all of them enjoy a panoramic sea view. The suites on the top floor have terraces overlooking the Grande Plage, the Hôtel du Palais and the lighthouse.

Of course, we recognize Sarah Lavoine’s paw, her iconic blue on the ceilings of the restaurant and in touches, on the carpets of the rooms. A relaxed seaside house vibe that plays on details with woven straw panels, terracotta-colored porcelain stoneware tiles and hammam showers in the bathrooms. The icing on the Basque cake, the restaurant menu is signed by Michelin-starred chef Cédric Béchade.

What you will like: the location in the heart of the city and the terrace for having breakfast facing the ocean.

From 160 € per night in a double room. Breakfast: 19 €.

Hotel Café de Paris, 5, place Bellevue, 64200 Biarritz. Phone. : 05 59 24 19 53.

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With its surf motel atmosphere, the Carlina Lodge has kept its style seventies. Yaelabrot

It’s hard to be closer to the ocean: the Carlina Lodge is located on the Côte des Basques beach. Twenty-three rooms and apartments with terraces give the impression of living on a boat. Sensitive ears, equip yourself with earplugs because the sound of the surf can disturb. At high tide, the waves hit the rocks below. The change of scenery is guaranteed. With its surf motel atmosphere, the Carlina Lodge has kept its 1970s style with its transparent plexiglass lighting and small ceramic tiles in the bathrooms. He has seen all the legends of world surfing pass: Miki Dora, Greg Noll, Nat Young… Of course, the equipment is not the latest, but the experience is unique.

What you will like : get out of your room in a swimsuit to take a dip in the ocean.

From 110 € per night. Breakfast: € 6 for a hot drink and a pastry, or € 12 for the full.

The Carlina Lodge, 9, boulevard du Prince de Galles. 64200 Biarritz. Phone. : 05 59 24 42 14.

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With family


A godsend to help young people discover a piece of French literature. Press photo / Le Jules Verne

The Best Western chain is evolving and expanding with a collection of literary hotels. After the Gustave Flaubert in Rouen and the Swann in Paris, here is the Jules Verne in Biarritz. But what is the relationship between the author of Twenty thousand leagues under sea and the seaside resort? Jules Verne was not a regular in the Basque Country, on the other hand, the two have one thing in common with the ocean and travel. Located right in front of the Asiatica Museum, the hotel offers 78 rooms including a 26m² family suite and a 70m² apartment. The rooms do not bear a number but the name of the author’s works. Watercolors by Jean Aubertin on the wall recall the “Vernian” characters. All these nods to the traveling writer are a godsend for young people to discover a part of French literature. At the reception, a multilingual library of 500 works by the writer. The opportunity to reread the great classics.

What you will like : the pleasant swimming pool at high tide when the city beaches are crowded, a coworking and the Vélibleu electric bicycle station just in front of the hotel for getting around the area.

From € 85 per night in a double room. Buffet breakfast: € 16 (free for children under 4 and half price up to 12), express breakfast: € 7, parking: € 14 per day.

The Jules Verne, 2, rue Guy Petit, 64200 Biarritz. Phone. : 05 59 22 20 20.


Almost all of the rooms have been renovated and furnished with vintage pieces. Emilie Blondi

You just have to push open the wrought iron door of this mansion and walk under the wisteria to feel totally out of place. An English garden and a terrace with games for children will make you feel “ like at home “. We are a far cry from standardized chain hotels. Almost all of the rooms have been renovated and are furnished with vintage pieces. Some can accommodate up to four people, convenient for families. On Sundays, a brunch open to outside customers is offered in the garden. At the reception, we still find the key board as in old hotels. Off season, the hotel welcomes coworkers.

What you will like : conviviality and very low prices for co-living in low season. From € 29 per night for a minimum of 7 nights.

From € 70 per night in a double room. Breakfast: € 9. Brunch between 19 and 24 €. Private garage on reservation: € 15 per night.

Hotel Saint-Charles, 47, avenue de la Reine Victoria. 64200 Biarritz. Phone. : 06 19 75 27 97.

For breakfast


It’s almost in the countryside! Press photo / Saint Julien

It almost feels like the countryside, yet the Saint Julien is only a few minutes walk from the Les Halles district. But, the view of Mazon Park gives it a bucolic air. In Saint-Julien, the impression of a family home is immediate. The parquet floor of the stairs creaks underfoot, the living room at the entrance to the left with its fireplace tells us that on rainy days, we will be happy to curl up in the leather sofas and that the table football a little away will occupy the children for hours. In the same spirit, the pastel-colored rooms invite you to rest. Some have a small alcove with a single bed and can accommodate a couple with a child. The breakfast gives pride of place to local products.

What you will like : the Stay and Surf offer which allows you to book a room at the same time as a surf lesson with a former champion and the ephemeral restaurant in collaboration with the Toulouse wine bar Maître Renard which will offer plates to share throughout ‘summer.

From 105 per night in a double room. Breakfast: 12 €. Parking: 20 € per day.

Hotel Saint-Julien, 20, avenue Carnot, 64200 Biarritz. Phone: 06 24 83 66 96.


The Ama hotel has managed to recreate this atmosphere of a family home. Press photo / Hotel Ama

Ama in Basque is the diminutive of amatxi which means grandmother. The stage is set ! The Ama hotel has managed to recreate this family home atmosphere with a small lounge at the entrance, Chesterfield sofas to rest. The reception desk is an old piece of furniture from the owner’s family and the pretty dining room makes you want to take your time for breakfast. Let’s talk about it. On the menu, scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, sheep cheese and especially granola, spread and jams lovingly prepared by Anaïs, one of the hotel employees. The upstairs bedrooms were renovated last year. A pretty wallpaper with large flowers on the walls, which takes us back to our holiday memories with our grandmothers. Some have a small wrought iron balcony which gives them charm.

What you will like: the location a stone’s throw from the Grande Plage and next to the Epoq grocery store-restaurant, our iconic address.

From € 89 per night in a double room. Savory and sweet breakfast: € 13. Parking: € 12 per day.

Ama hotel. 8, rue de la Maison Suisse, 64200 Biarritz. Phone. : 05 59 22 64 60.

For the atmosphere


The wallpapers with tropical patterns transport you to the end of the world. Press photo / Hôtel de Silhouette

Right in front of the famous Halles de Biarritz, the Silhouette has just reopened after several months of work. The twenty-one rooms are brand new. The location is ideal, just opposite the Halles, which has become the city’s fashionable district. We cannot recommend enough those overlooking the magnificent garden and the ocean in the background. A warm decoration imbued with Mediterranean touches. The sofas are upholstered in Casa Lopez fabrics. Wallpapers with tropical patterns transport you to the end of the world. The whole gives a nice whole certainly eclectic but very harmonious. A real originality when many hotels today seem to adopt the same style.

What you will like : live jazz concerts in the evening at aperitif time, quiet lunches in the garden and car park, a real plus in the city center.

From € 200 per night in a double room. Breakfast: 19 €. Parking: € 19 per day.

Silhouette Hotel, 30, rue Gambetta. 64200 Biarritz. Phone. : 05 59 24 93 82.


This old abandoned garage has been transformed into a boutique hotel. Press photo / Le Garage

This old garage abandoned for thirty years has finally found a buyer. Of this cult place which in the 1950s housed the beautiful American cars of the guests of the neighboring hotel Regina, only the facade remains. Twenty-seven rooms including twelve suites. The two largest between 40 and 70 m² have taken up residence on the top floor. Equipped with huge terraces they have a breathtaking view of the ocean. The rooms on the lower floors have a patio. A swimming lane in the heart of a green space with very colorful recycled PVC garden furniture from the AMES brand. The wooden and metal wardrobes were made by Blunt, a carpenter from Biarritz. Certain sections of the wall have kept the raw side of the concrete, a nod to the garage of the time and the rounded headboards are reminiscent of the arch-shaped facade. Opening scheduled for early August 2021.

What you will like: the boutique hotel atmosphere, the shop that allows you to discover local designers such as Albertine swimsuits.

From € 170 per night in a double room. Buffet breakfast: € 20.

50, avenue de l’Impératrice. 64200 Biarritz. Contact:


Biarritz … Or Hawaii? Press photo / Le Palmito

The tone is set from the entrance with a rack and surfboards at the entrance. The Palmito is closer to the hostel hotel for a clientele looking for an easy place, well placed and a relaxed atmosphere. The first floor lounge takes you straight to Hawaii with destination books and Tiki statues. About twenty rooms including two dormitories with capsule beds like in Japan, nicely decorated double rooms with rattan headboards and furniture brought back from Marrakech. Finally, an apartment on the top floor for four people with a rooftop. In high season, ask for rooms on the back, quieter.

What you will like: a nice personalized decoration where you immediately feel at home. Rental of surfboards, electric bikes on site and in-room massages by reservation.

From € 70 per night in a double room. During the Covid, dormitories are only rented for groups of friends. 160 € for 4 people or 180 € for 6. Buffet breakfast: 18 €.

The Palmito. 7, rue du Port-Vieux. 64200 Biarritz. Phone. : 05 59 24 16 56.

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