Bordeaux, a quaint town in the south-western region of France, might not be top of the average person’s travel list, but wine lovers the world over would definitely have it pinned as a must-go destination.
While in Bordeaux, do check out the interactive and experiential wine museum, La Cite du Vin (city of wine in English). I would like to have stayed at a vineyard, and experienced all that it had to offer, but alas it was not to be, and I stayed at the Hotel Burdigala instead.
Make no mistake though, the Hotel Burdigala was not shabby at all, and was conveniently located close to the city center, in addition to being in close proximity to many bars and restaurants. For the hotel loyalists, the Hotel Burdigala is under the Accor group, which has a wide selection of hotels all over Europe.
The hotel corridors were decorated in a warm and inviting style, and I felt that the royal purple carpets complemented the checkered grey wallpaper rather nicely.
The duplex room at the Hotel Burdigala was essentially a loft-room, and would be familiar to those who had stayed in Studio M hotel (Singapore) before. However, this particular duplex room was definitely more spacious as compared to that of Studio M in Singapore.
The ensuite bathroom was kept separate from the restroom, which I personally prefer, as it allows for more efficient use of these “resources”, especially when travelling with a companion. The mini living room greeted me after taking a few steps into the room, and while the sofa was comfortable, I thought the overall colour palette here was a tad dull.
The sofa could also be converted into a bed, useful for those travelling as a family/group of friends.
The stairs that led up to the loft were next to the privacy drapes, and very well concealed too. The carpeted steps did nothing to muffle the sound though, as I went up and down the stairs.
The double bed on the loft was huge, and very comfortable. What impressed me was the inclusion of a small restroom just to the side of the bed. No more having to walk down the stairs just to use the restroom!
The ensuit bathroom was on the first floor, and had a bathtub as well as a standing shower. The toiletries provided were of very good quality as well, but I forgot to snap a picture of those.
- Mini-bar (chargeable)
- Coffee & tea making facilities (Nespresso machine with coffee capsules & tea bags)
- Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner)
- Ironing board & iron
- Bath towels & bathrobes
- Safety deposit box
- Sofa bed
For such a nice hotel under the Accor group, I would have expected a hotel gym, but there was none. Hotel guests would have to exchange their room keys for a special gym pass to a nearby gym that the hotel has ties with.
The gym was a public gym, and thus has no exclusivity to hotel guests. In addition, the gym does not operate 24/7, and closes around 10.30pm daily, while opening at around 6.30am.
Easily one of the best hotel buffet breakfasts that I have ever had, and I really liked the overall classy decor of the restaurant. It was also very quiet during my stay here, and the restaurant was not even a quarter full throughout my breakfast.
Do order their omelette, it was THE BEST omelette I have ever had. Even better than those served in cafes outside. It was just the right amount of creaminess and oozed eggy goodness from within. Special shoutout too for the cup of capuccino, which was also pretty amazing; think smooth milky foam on top of a slightly bitter espresso base.
My one-night stay here at the Hotel Burdigala was a pleasant one, and I especially enjoyed the buffet breakfast. The duplex room was spacious and I liked the layout of the loft room, with the separate ensuite bathroom and restroom, as well as the additional restroom on the loft level.
Ratings out of 10 (10 being the best, 0 being the worst)
Overall Rating: 8.5
Location: 8.5 (for its close proximity to the city center and F&B options)
Room: 8.5 (comfortable and spacious, props for the restroom on the loft floor as well)
Facilities: 6 (no hotel pool or gym, but I suppose its not a big deal since you can pop over to the nearby public gym)
Staff: 8 (helpful and friendly staff)
Breakfast: 10 (for the amazing omelette & capuccino)
115, rue Georges Bonnac 33000 Bordeaux
+33 (0)5 56 90 16 16 / email@example.com
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Read on for a BONUS on Le Chapon Fin, a beautiful restaurant with great food!
One of the oldest restaurants in Bordeaux, Le Chapon Fin is an institution unto itself.
I was instantly mesmerised by the grotto-style of the restaurant right after I stepped foot into it. It was really cool to be eating in a mini cavern of sorts! The overall ambience was very classy, and did you know, luminaries and royalty such as Georges Clemenceau, Edward VII of Britain, and King Alfonso XIII of Spain, had all graced this restaurant multiple times.
Being a fine dining establishment, the service was impeccable, and the food simply delicious. I also loved the small bag of sweet treats given to all diners after the meal.