'There seems to be an inherent tendency among French people to oppose changes of any kind. Inertia of life can be understandable “ it's natural, after all “ but it's beyond me to understand this lethargy that has taken over many quarters of our lives.
Michel di Montaigne, a noted philosopher and author of the 16th century French Renaissance Wave, thus wrote about the state of affairs in France, particular to those times.
The reason to quote Mr Montaigne here is that the city we will be discussing in this article “ Bordeaux “ was his birth place, and that is where much of his revolutionary ideas originated from. Quite predictably, Montaigne was not the only shining beacon of life to emerge from Bordeaux, as a number of activists, scientists, scholars and artistes have been given to France by this once-small town that has today become a bustling city.
Bordeaux of today houses over 200,000 people, many of whom have come from various parts of the world to seek education or employment. Located on the banks of River Garonne, Bordeaux is most famous for its wine industries “ so much so that the name of the city has become synonymous with quality wine all over the world.
Apart from its fabulous wineries, vineyard picnics, street side cafes, all-night up bars and an overall sense of never-ending mirth, Bordeaux has much to offer in terms of sightseeing and tourism.
So, raise a toast to this fabulous city in the South of France where living your life to the fullest is the only way to be alive, at all! If all this chutzpah intrigues you, maybe you can even plan a quick trip to Bordeaux, come your next holidays! And just to be on the front foot of things, we are glad to help you out with this quick guide to hotels in Bordeaux.
Budget Hotels in Bordeaux
Being one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country is not an easy job. It automatically means that the city needs to be equipped on many fronts at once to accommodate, host and entertain the incoming stream of tourists.
Bordeaux seems to get this job done quite admirably, even as the number of heads turning to Bordeaux in search of respite and tourism annually averages over 1 million “ about five times the size of its own resident population.
Of course, to have all these people in the city, a number of lodging options exist “ right from cheap hotels to luxury resorts.
Talking about cheap hotels, it must be mentioned that Bordeaux is home to over one hundred lodges and inns that can safely and soundly take care of hosting tourists, of course, at affordable prices.
Acanthe Hotel and Hotel de la Presse are two of our top picks in this category. Equipped with all the basic amenities that a tourist would want for a short stay, these offer the beast deals that one can ask for, from Bordeaux hotels!
Luxury Resorts in Bordeaux
At the other end of the spectrum lie luxury hotels in Bordeaux that leave no stone unturned when it comes to keeping their patrons happy and satisfied. While these are obviously much higher priced than their budget counterparts, the kind of hospitality that one gets to experiences within their premises sort of makes up for that prices, justifying it at least in part, if not full.
The reason many tourists choose to stay at a luxury resort while travelling to a city Bordeaux is that it gives them a room to celebrate the culture of indulgence that France “ as a country “ seems to symbolize.
Les Pres d'Eugenie and InterContinental Bordeaux are two resorts that have topped this particular segment, as our research and review analysis shows. While there is no need to further explain the kind of hospitality that a brand like InterContinental stands for, it needs to be noted that Les Pres d'Eugenie “ despite being a locally grown outfit “ matches it facility by facility, turning its humble roots into extravagant comfort.
Alternative Lodging Options in Bordeaux
If you are to look for alternative lodging options in Bordeaux, you need to boil your search down to a variety of chateaus and villas. These are often located on the outskirts of city area. They also tend to be quite a bit more expensive than luxury Bordeaux hotels.
However, for spending a romantic vacation or a family outing, they turn out to be perfect options, since they are comfortable, lavish and extremely convenient (due to their flexible operations).
Hotels Near Bordeaux Airport
Bordeaux is serviced by a special international airport that is located just outside the city limits (about 8 km from the city center).
Most of the stretch that connects the airport with the city is heavily populated, meaning that quite a few lodging options can be found near the airport, if that is what you “as a tourist/visitor “ looking for.
It should be mentioned that the lodging options that are too nearby the airport are not overly cheap. However, if you wish to avail both the convenience and affordability, then it's much better to move to the city itself in order to tap into its lodging resources.
Best Time to Visit Bordeaux
Like any other tourist destination in France, the best place to visit Bordeaux is during the height of the summer “ that is the month of June.
While the weather around here is quite agreeable throughout the year, it is more so during the summer. When you add to it the prospect of witnessing and taking part in various wine festivals and food festivals that are organized around this time in Bordeaux, visiting here in June becomes the best plausible option.
If you, however, wish to beat the heavy crowding of the city due to increased tourist activity (and heighted prices that this activity causes), then early summer can also provide some great Bordeaux sightseeing opportunities.
To stay afloat with their budget, we would like to advise tourists to book their options well in advance.