Our choice of the best hotels, guesthouses and restaurants in the French Basque Country
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hôtel Spa Hélianthal by Thalazur
This Saint-Jean-de-Luz seafront hotel and thalassotherapy spa is reopening this summer after refurbishment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This historic red-and-white inn in the heart of Espelette has 27 rooms, an outdoor pool and a restaurant serving regional specialities.
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.
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.
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.
This historic Biarritz town-centre institution, on place Georges Clémenceau, was recently taken over, and renovated, by former rugby star-turned-restaurateur Pascal Ondarts.
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.
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.
For more hotels and restaurants in the Pays Basque visit www.biarritz-pays-basque.com
From France Today magazine