Very pleasant stopover
Posted May 31, 2011
On our way to Madrid from a week in SW France, we spent 3 days in St Jean de Luz. My last visit there was approximately 40 years ago, when it was a sleepy fishing village. It is considerably more than that now, but the outstanding seafood restaurants are there (more of them), and the ambient is still there (hence the tsunami of tourists there now), and the Atlantic Ocean views and smell of the sea are still very appealing. Certainly, early May looks like a good time to visit. The small Grand Hotel de la Poste is well located at the north end of the town's main drag. The main drag is sufficiently busy that I consider it an advantage not to be quite on the very busy street. There is a garage that is convenient although not exactly close (several blocks worth of a pleasant walk). Room #5 was a very pleasant corner room with nice open windows and a fresh breeze; decor slightly Spartan but freshly painted and very clean. The bathroom was private and clean if slightly small ("old Europe"). Location made it a short walk to everywhere in town -- very convenient! The staff was attentive, pleasant, helpful. The lobby had great ambient, including an old true billiards (3 ball) table; I enjoyed an hour's worth at it -- not having played the game since college fraternity. Did not sample their breakfast (too many other places in town to enjoy). Look forward to visiting them again. The price was very right.