Le Royalty, Biarritz.
Le Royalty, Biarritz. Photo: Gilian Thornton

Our choice of the best hotels, guesthouses and restaurants in the French Basque Country

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Resort Hotels

Hôtel Les Goelands

This three-star eco-friendly hotel near the beach at Saint-Jean-de-Luz combines all the necessary modern comforts with the charm of the traditional Basque buildings in which it has been developed.

www.hotel-lesgoelands.com

Hôtel du Palais

This five-star seafront hotel in Biarritz, built in the Second Empire style, recently closed for renovation, but will reopen the doors to its 57 suites and 82 rooms in 2021.

www.hotel-du-palais.com

Hotel de l'Ocean
Hotel de l’Ocean, Biarritz. Photo: Gillian Thornton

Hôtel de l’Océan

On the seafront corner of Biarritz’s pedestrianised place Sainte-Eugénie, this recently-renovated three-star hotel offers a bar and ground-floor restaurant with an outside terrace, and some rooms with a sea view.

www.biarritz-hotel-ocean.com

Hôtel Madison Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Recently renovated to combine contemporary and traditional Basque design, this four-star hotel has 32 bedrooms, a brasserie and tea room, as well as an indoor pool and sauna.

www.madison-saintjeandeluz.com

Hôtel Spa Hélianthal by Thalazur

This Saint-Jean-de-Luz seafront hotel and thalassotherapy spa is reopening this summer after refurbishment.

www.thalazur.fr

Photo: Facebook, Mercure Bayonne Centre Le Grand Hôtel

Grand Hôtel Mercure

In the heart of Bayonne’s Old Town, opposite the Galeries Lafayette, this four-star hotel is ideally situated for exploring the city.

www.accorhotels.com

Hôtel des Basses Pyrénées

Set in the Vauban ramparts of Bayonne and with a rear terrace on a quiet public square, this 27-room, four-star hotel includes an informal restaurant serving gastronomic regional fare.

hotel-bassespyrenees-bayonne.com

Country Hotels

Hôtel du Fronton

Located in the typical Basque village of Itxassou, this recently-renovated hotel is named after the pelote basque wall in the main square.

www.maison-bonnet.com

Auberge Ostape
View from our suite at Auberge Ostape. Photo: Gillian Thornton

Domaine d’Ostape

This mountain estate at Bidarray with 22 five-star suites is accessed by self-drive golf buggy. The domaine boasts superb views, a gastronomic restaurant and a private Porsche museum in the old stables.

www.ostape.com

Hôtel Euzkadi

This historic red-and-white inn in the heart of Espelette has 27 rooms, an outdoor pool and a restaurant serving regional specialities.

www.hotel-restaurant-euzkadi.com

La Maison Oppoca

This four-star hotel at the entrance to the Spanish border village of Ainhoa boasts a gastronomic restaurant and pelota-themed bistro.

www.oppoca.com

Guest Houses

Maison d’Hôtes Joangi

This restored farmhouse on a quiet road at Uhart-Cize, just outside Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, opened in 2018. There are five simple but charming rooms. Breakfast only.

www.joangi.com

Restaurants

Terrace of L'Arena, Biarritz
The terrace of L’Arena lives up to its name with views over the beach to the sea, Biarritz. Photo: Gillian Thornton

L’Arena

This very popular restaurant and bar above the Port Vieux in Biarritz has indoor and outdoor seating. Local fish dishes are a speciality, and the eatery offers a fine plat du jour every lunchtime. Great for sunset suppers.

www.arena-biarritz.com

Le Royalty

This historic Biarritz town-centre institution, on place Georges Clémenceau, was recently taken over, and renovated, by former rugby star-turned-restaurateur Pascal Ondarts.

www.leroyalty.com

Auberge Kaïku

Nicolas Borombo’s one-Michelin-star fare puts an Asian/world cuisine twist on Basque staples – and it’s blooming delicious. The unobtrusive locale – a stone’s throw from Saint-Jean-de-Luz bay – is a dream too.

www.kaiku.fr

Le Restaurant du Golf de Chantaco

Renovated in 2018, the Art Deco dining room at this Saint-Jean-de-Luz establishment overlooks the first green. Guests can choose from Brasserie à la carte or a gastronomic menu (among many other options). Outdoor tables are perfect to make the most of the fine weather.

www.chantaco.com

For more hotels and restaurants in the Pays Basque visit www.biarritz-pays-basque.com

From France Today magazine

Arena Biarritz terrace. Photo: Facebook, Arena Biarritz

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