Charm and history at Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux

Charm and history at Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux

Over the years I have noticed my travel style has changed. More and more I choose unique accommodation for our trips that is special in some way whether that be the location it is in or the style of lodging.

Our stay at Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux was no exception. A charming 4 star hotel it offers friendly luxury accommodation in the heart of Bordeaux.

About Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux

Arriving at the hotel though its huge 18th century wooden doors you immediately feel a sense of history. In fact the hotel was a mansion belonging to French nobility and once welcomed literary figures such as Victor Hugo through its doors.

Now a UNESCO listed building, this is no stuffy old-fashioned hotel. Decorated in a bright, modern style, the interior remains sympathetic to the building’s past including the sweeping spiral staircase leading to the 28 guest rooms.

Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux reception area

The welcome

From the moment we stepped through the doors of the hotel we felt welcomed and looked after. As we arrived early our bags were quickly stored while we waited for our room to be ready. We asked the concierge for restaurant recommendations and were given some fantastic choices suitable for families but with great food and a charming environment. All our transport needs were quickly taken care of and nothing was too much trouble.

Our apartment at Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux

The Boutique Hôtel Bordeaux offers a range of accommodation from double rooms to larger junior suites, suites and apartments. Each room has a different look and feel from the next but they are all elegantly designed taking influence from the hotel’s heritage and modern design elements.

Bright, clean and modern luxury rooms at the Boutique Hotel Bordeaux

Our apartment on the third floor of the hotel offered pretty views of the Bordeaux skyline across historic rooftops. A spacious 2 bedroom layout, it was set up perfectly for our needs with separate bedrooms for us and the children, a cosy area to relax on a couch, a full kitchen and a table for writing and meals.

Living areas in our apartment at Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux

After a long journey it is wonderful to relax in your hotel room with a soothing drink. Luxury tea and coffee were provided as well as bottled water. The apartment’s kitchen was fully appointed and included 2 coffee machines for filtered and pod coffee.

The large master bedroom overlooked the quiet street below and had a beautiful and most importantly comfortable four poster king sized bed. There was plenty of storage space to stow our luggage and hang clothes. In the cupboard we found a safe, slippers and bathrobes for our convenience while at the hotel.

Master bedroom in the apartment of Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux

The children shared a smaller twin bedroom that was light and modern with storage space for luggage. This space would also be suitable for a couple or friends sharing a room.

Our bathroom had an enormous shower recess with a rain shower – my favourite. Heated towel rails were available for the fluffy white towels folded neatly away.

I had to do some work whilst staying at the hotel so it was important that I had internet access. Wifi was fast and easy to access in all rooms of the apartment.

A lift takes you up to the third floor apartment but it is a little temperamental and slow. The staff explained that careful consideration of the building’s heritage was taken when installing the lift. With that in mind we were happy to enjoy its quirks.

The breakfast

One of the luxuries of hotel stays is arriving for breakfast in the morning. At Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux we enjoyed the buffet breakfast of fresh fruits, cereals, pastries and eggs and bacon in the bright atrium style breakfast room. It was also possible to order breakfast to our apartment.

On our first morning there was a rush of guests and the buffet was running a bit low however the ever accommodating staff were quick to provide us with the items we wanted. A dedicated coffee lover, I happily indulged in my morning cappuccino that was included in the buffet and the children enjoyed freshly squeezed orange juice.

Breakfast in the atrium of the Boutique Hotel Bordeaux

The wine bar

When in Bordeaux you must take some time to learn about its wine heritage. The hotel has made every effort to help with this particularly in the wine bar. We had a lovely time sampling a few wines and trying to guess their origin with chief sommelier Martin who gave us a warm welcome with a glass of wine from the region.

To accompany the wine we ordered some tapas from the bar menu. Though not typically French, the tapas dishes were tasty and interesting. There are also delicious pintxos to try from the buffet.

Wine bar at Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux

The wine bar is intimate and cosy and overlooks a pretty garden courtyard that is heated in winter. Service starts early at 6pm so it was perfect for a quick family dinner before the night crowd arrived.

The details

I loved opening the door to our room to find a personal note and some delicious treats for us to try. These included the local specialty canelés and they tasted incredible. In the bathroom there were luxurious Hermés amenities. Bottled water was provided and refreshed each day.

Before bedtime our children were delighted to find their pyjamas folded neatly and a new friend to play with on their pillow. On the chilly winter nights that we visited Bordeaux we loved finding a fluffy water bottle tucked in our beds to keep us cosy and warm.

Luxury details at boutique hotel bordeaux

Location

Just a few minutes walk from the historic heart of the city, the hotel is a convenient base to explore Bordeaux. It is an easy walk to the main attractions including the Miroir D’Eau and Tour Pey Berland and close to the tram to take you to Bordeaux’s wine museum La Cité du Vin or the Chartrons market.

The hotel’s entrance is on a small narrow street and like many hotels in Europe it is sometimes difficult for taxis to stop easily in front. We didn’t have any problems with this as the concierge helped us with drivers who were familiar with the hotel.

Summary

I don’t like compromising on accommodation when we travel. Just because we travel with our children doesn’t mean we need to choose bland hotels or apartments. Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux offered a wonderful family stay with all the touches I crave.

I loved enjoying a glass of wine in the bar with my family and then retreating to our spacious apartment for a cosy night’s rest. I would also enjoy staying at Le Boutique Hôtel Bourdeaux with my partner and friends to spend more time discovering new wines in the bar and to relax in the welcoming environment. Judging by the hotel’s reviews on TripAdvisor our experience was what guests usually experience and explain why the hotel is a popular choice for travellers of all types visiting Bordeaux.

Hotel information

Le Boutique Hôtel Bordeaux

3 Rue LAFAURIE de MONBADON
33000 Bordeaux, France

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Read more reviews about the hotel on TripAdvisor


Disclosure – Our stay was courtesy of Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux. All words and opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links – more information on my disclosure page.


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25 Comments

  1. 5th December 2016 / 9:55 AM

    really nice:)

  2. 6th December 2016 / 9:29 AM

    Your Bordeaux trip sounds amazing! Having worked in the hotel industry for 10 years, I also appreciate the finer touches that some hotels provide guests, and this place seems right on the mark.

    • 7th December 2016 / 9:46 PM

      Thanks Ali – the details make such a difference. Smiles all round. It was a lovely stay

  3. 6th December 2016 / 10:13 AM

    You and I seem to have the same taste when it comes to hotels. I absolutely love the look and feel of this – especially the wintergarden nook is so nice and of course, who can resist a four-poster bed?!

    • 7th December 2016 / 9:45 PM

      I know, so dreamy right! Comfort is everything these days – that and a bit of pampering 🙂

  4. 6th December 2016 / 10:37 AM

    Totally agree with you, my travel style has changed as well and I prefer smaller boutique places as well. This one looks particularly cute and pretty. The photos look stunning and so inviting!!

    • 7th December 2016 / 9:47 PM

      Such a cosy hotel. I loved the wine bar especially but having a hot water bottle in my bed was such a treat. I love getting into a nice warm bed

  5. 7th December 2016 / 9:30 AM

    I am not too fussy about a room. That said, I do enjoy luxurious and interesting rooms till it lasts. The food and beverage options for me are even more important, especially the breakfast. I value that the most.

  6. Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad
    7th December 2016 / 9:56 PM

    I do think apartment-style stays are the way forwards, and this sounds like it blends the best bits of an apartment with a hotel. I also definitely prefer to stay somewhere where you definitely know you’ve gone away, if you know what I mean?!

  7. 10th December 2016 / 11:48 AM

    This is a great looking boutique style hotel – my favourite. I love quirky details such as the orange wall and the service sounds perfect. I really should visit Bordeaux – i love their wine!

  8. 10th December 2016 / 11:58 AM

    Would love to explore Bordeaux and this hotel seems like the perfect base. The space an apartment gives you is a great luxury.

    • 11th December 2016 / 9:41 AM

      Thanks Cameron it was indeed luxurious and in the perfect spot to explore Bordeaux

  9. 10th December 2016 / 4:21 PM

    Not too shabby! Nothing like enjoying a little luxury when surrounding by luxurious Bordeaux wines! Love the availability of apartments as well, as I’ve found I much prefer an apartment over a standard hotel room any day. Nice to have more space and a feeling of a ‘home’ while traveling.

  10. 10th December 2016 / 7:28 PM

    I literally live next door to Le Boutique Hotel and some of their rooms look right in to my office and bedroom! It is a lovely hotel and you can hardly get more right smack in the center of Bordeaux. Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay!

    • 11th December 2016 / 3:45 PM

      You live in a beautiful part of the world and a charming spot in Bordeaux. So lucky! If I lived that close to the hotel I suspect I would be a regular at the wine bar! Thanks for stopping by

  11. 11th December 2016 / 3:42 AM

    Looks like a great place to stay! The pintxos look to die for..Yum!

  12. 11th December 2016 / 5:25 AM

    This hotel looks lovely! I’ve worked in hotels and so appreciate the little details and the extra touches a little more than normal! I love the simple yet stylish decor too – and that 4 poster bed? Who wouldn’t be happy with that?!

    • 11th December 2016 / 3:46 PM

      hee. I did do a little happy dance when I saw the bed. You’re right Vicki, the details make all the difference. Thanks for your lovely comment

  13. 11th December 2016 / 12:25 PM

    I love boutique hotels that have been converted from former grand mansions. You get a real sense of the place’s history. The apartment seems ideal for a family stay! definitely will keep it in mind for future visits!

  14. 11th December 2016 / 11:31 PM

    Beautiful place! I spent 10 days in Bordeaux during September and can’t wait to return. I live in Paris, so it’s just a short train ride away. I’ll keep this place in the back of my mind for when I get back.

    • 14th December 2016 / 11:13 AM

      That sounds like an incredible trip Leah. I am sure you would love staying at Le Boutique Hôtel when you return to Bordeaux. May it be very soon!

  15. 12th December 2016 / 9:09 AM

    Sounds like an overall fabulous experience – I agree with you, we’ve started leaning towards accommodation which is an experience and shying away from cookie cutter hotels. I love that the Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage but manages to maintain modern amenities while still keeping it’s historical heritage. I usually enjoy things like the lift being temperamental and slow in these cases because it means it’s an authentic experience – the quirks make it extra special 🙂

    • 12th December 2016 / 3:34 PM

      Thanks Megan, I’m all about the quirky and unusual too. If nothing else it makes for a great story. Thanks for stopping by

  16. 12th December 2016 / 9:57 AM

    The set up seems so comfortable. I like the colors used in furnishings. I too go in for child friendly hotels and at Evora in Portugal we found something similar you have shown here. I know my daughters will enjoy this too.

    • 14th December 2016 / 11:12 AM

      Thanks Indrani. I’d like to know more about the hotel in Portugal. Popping over to your blog now

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