If you’re on your way to Bordeaux to visit the newly-opened wine theme park Cité du Vin, don’t waste your time looking for a hotel and book La Maison Bord’eaux, one of the most charming hotels in the capital of the Aquitaine region.
The wow factor starts with the grand entrance, past the main discreet doors of the hotel in the quiet Docteur Barraud street, a minute away from the impressive Roman amphitheatre of the Palais Gallien.
La Maison was established in a former 18th century-stable and this is reflected through the stunning horse sculpture, nested at the top of the impressive main white facade. This part of the hotel hosts three prestigious suites, and overlooks a small cute garden which welcomes visitors. It’s the perfect place to enjoy breakfast in the summer.
Brigitte Lurton founded La Maison ten years ago. At the time, the place was conceived as a guest house. In 2007, Pierre Lurton, owner of Château Marjosse and director of Châteaux Yquem (1st Grand Cru Sauternes) and Château Cheval Blanc (1st Grand Cru Classé A in Saint Emilion), bought the property and converted it into a charming Baroque boutique hotel. Today, La Maison comprises 14 exquisite rooms.
La Maison is a member of the “Châteaux and Hôtels Collection”, an organisation instigated by the French superstar chef Alain Ducasse which adds even more prominence to its reputation. La Maison holds four stars today, but somehow manages to retains an intimate and cosy soul.
The building and architecture bring personality to the entire property. The stunning white-stone base gives a classic feeling to the hotel yet it remains contemporary with a strong art collection and tasteful interiors. While the decoration, handled by the owners, focuses on simplicity and comfort, the colour of each room can positively surprise guests.
Don’t be fooled by its simplicity though, La Maison blows discreet luxury. It is a very elegant place which provides a highly-personal experience. Hermès products in each room, a delicious buffet-breakfast, an Italian courtyard garden, fantastic antique features, its tranquillity and originality make for a relaxing and fancy stay.
The location of La Maison probaby remains one of its biggest assets. Slightly off-center and hereby not located in the hustle and bustle of the inner city, the Public Garden is a few minutes away. The hotel is a short walk to Place Tourny, Grand Theatre, and Place Gambetta with its buzzing fashion shops. Last but not least, the airport is 9km from the hotel.
Thanks to the serious management, guests have access to Pierre Lurton’s selection of wines, and gourmet dishes of the region are also available. Bordeaux has so many good restaurants anyway. Gastronomy is just another reason to visit this beautiful city!
Rich wooden floors and furnishings support the vibrant colours and designer furniture of each room. Guests will enjoy a relaxing and sophisticated atmosphere. Modern amenities, tea and coffee facilities and high speed internet access can all be found in the Junior suites, Deluxe, Superior or Classic rooms.
The staff were kind enough to provide their best tips to enjoy the city and the hotel: “Go on the Chartrons local market on the docks on Sunday morning and taste local products, such as oysters, with a glass of white wine; climb up the Pey Berland tower and admire the view across Bordeaux; enjoy the 18th century façade from the Garonne during a cruise or a simple walk on the banks; rent a bike and ride it to the two bridges (Stone Bridge and Chaban Delmas), make a stop at the Darwin complex for a light lunch at the General Store; lastly let La Maison take you on a tour of the city in a classic Citroen 2CV car!”
Half between a historic hotel and a luxurious guest house, La Maison is a gem in the heart of one France’s most beautiful cities. Its impeccable management, stylish interiors, chic art collection and delicate garden will provide guests with a refined experience!