Bordeaux

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Bordeaux featuring street scenes and heritage elements

Cycle along the city’s network of bike paths as you taste local wines, look across the Garonne River or relax in one of the city’s many gardens and parks.

Known around the world for its high caliber of wines, a visit to this French city reveals far more than just grapes and cellar doors. Bordeaux is a city loved by its residents for its laid back approach to life, and a progressive community of musicians and artists. Spurred by a large student population from one of France’s largest universities, the city has a vivid nightlife centered on the historic La Victoire district. The Garonne River provides a stunning backdrop to the picturesque city, and visitors to the city will love the scenic Les Quais quarter.

Bordeaux is a particularly flat city and, with 360 miles (580 kilometers) of paved cycling routes, a bike is the ideal mode of transport for visitors. Hire a bike from one of the many vendors in the city center, or make use of the city’s bike sharing program, with stations at regular intervals throughout the city. Bordeaux’s mild winters mean that bikes are a great way to see the city year round, although bringing a raincoat couldn’t hurt, even in summer.

The city’s major attractions are focused around its historic attractions and cultural institutions. Head to Sainte-Catherine Street in the pedestrian center of the city for excellent shopping and views, or climb the more than 200 steps to reach the top of the Basilica of St Michel’s gothic spire. The Musee D’Art Contemporain is a must for anyone with an interest in art, while those more interested in the outdoors will love Bordeaux’s botanic garden.

Once you’ve explored the city it’s time to sample its wares, and the vineyards around the city are a great place to start. The area is a world renowned region for wine production, and tours of the most famous wineries are available from the city center.

Bordeaux is located just 31 miles (50 kilometers) inland from France’s southwest coast. Bus or train to the city from Barcelona, Marseille or Paris, or fly to Bordeaux’s international airport from further afield.

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Where to stay in Bordeaux

Residhotel Galerie Tatry
Residhotel Galerie Tatry
3 out of 5
174 Cours du Medoc, Bordeaux
The price is $52 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Located in Chartrons, this residence is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, and Place des Quinconces. Maison du Vin ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,543 reviews)
"Great location. Nice room. Walking distance to shopping and restaurants."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Residhotel Galerie Tatry
Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
2-5 Place De La Comédie, Bordeaux, Gironde
Fully refundable
The price is $213 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Bordeaux Golden Triangle, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Place des Quinconces. The Water ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (344 reviews)
"Excellent hotel in A-one location. Staff all very helpful. For a hotel, an unusually well-appointed gym. A beautiful venue for a preXmas break. Would certainly go back."

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2021

Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Best Western Premier Hotel Bayonne Etche Ona - Bordeaux
Best Western Premier Hotel Bayonne Etche Ona - Bordeaux
4 out of 5
4 Rue Martignac, Bordeaux, Gironde
The price is $143 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in Bordeaux Golden Triangle, this hotel is steps from Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux and Les Grands Hommes. Place des Quinconces and Cathedrale ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (449 reviews)
"I would like to thank Chloe for her excellent service. She was very welcoming . The hotel is very well situated. The rooms are very clean. I recommend to anyone who wants to visit Bordeaux. Beautiful city"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Best Western Premier Hotel Bayonne Etche Ona - Bordeaux
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
All Suites Appart Hotel Merignac
All Suites Appart Hotel Merignac
3 out of 5
27 Allee Felix Nadar, Merignac
The price is $43 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Situated near the airport, this residence is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hospital Haut-Leveque, Cathedrale St. Andre, and Grand Theater Opera National of Bordeaux. ...
3.3/5 (1,028 reviews)
"We had a reverb room, if not just finished not far off. Bl**dy great,can we have same room next time!"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2019

All Suites Appart Hotel Merignac
Residhotel Galerie Tatry
Residhotel Galerie Tatry
3 out of 5
174 Cours du Medoc, Bordeaux
The price is $52 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Located in Chartrons, this residence is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, and Place des Quinconces. Maison du Vin ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,543 reviews)
"Great location. Nice room. Walking distance to shopping and restaurants."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Residhotel Galerie Tatry
Nemea Appart Hotel Résidence le Stadium
Nemea Appart Hotel Résidence le Stadium
3 Rue Georges Negrevergne, Merignac
The price is $70 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
Situated near the airport, this residence is within 3 mi (5 km) of Zoo Bordeaux-Pessac, Bois du Burck, and Chateau Pape Clement. Bordeaux Pessac Golf Club and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (518 reviews)
Bearable for a night
"For the price, the hotel is ok. I was bugged by a very loud fan noise which could not be turned off, which I believe was part of the ventilation system, and therefore had to sleep with earplugs. They seem to have run out of pillow cases so the well-used pillows were wrapped in sheets, which was not ..."

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

Nemea Appart Hotel Résidence le Stadium
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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