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“Beautiful rooms in the center of the old city.” 4 of 5 stars
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L'Hotel Particulier
44 Rue Vital Carles, 33000 Bordeaux, France   |  
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Ranked #24 of 75 Bordeaux B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Palm Springs, CA
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“Beautiful rooms in the center of the old city.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Found this gem on Tripadvisor. The room itself was spectacular. Very French with an enormous mirror, very high ceilings and a lovely view of the golden-stoned buildings of old Bordeaux. Easy access to the light rail. A bit of a schlep from the airport. Didn't have breakfast because we had an early train out the next morning. Easy walking to old central Bordeaux. Some caveats:
No air-conditioning. We lucked out in early September; it wasn't that hot out. Wouldn't chance it during the summer though.
This is more of a residence-type hotel; so the front desk isn't open at 24/7. Would't recommend a late arrival.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Hampton, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

I'm writing this sitting in an awful Novotel out at Bordeaux Lac, wishing I was still in L'Hotel Particulier close to the cathedral.
Because that is one of the best hotels I've stayed in! A small but delightful hotel, exquisitely and thoughtfully designed and furnished, comfortable but whimiscal. Elizé and Thomas, sibling proprietors for this family-owned building, offer a warm and friendly welcome, as well as a wonderful breakfast. No stale, congealed buffet here, but fresh rolls and croissant, made-to-order scrambled eggs of the highest quality, with a wonderful selection of teas and coffees. Add in a great location and what more does anyone want from a hotel? They aimed high and deliver!

Room Tip: we benefited from an upgrade to the Ravel suite, but peaked in to other rooms and all looked of the...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

At first glance, it was dream spot for tourist. Street Vital Carles where hotel is located is tram line and car sharing street blocked by barrier. I rent a car but no problem to access the hotel.
Hotel noted the code number, but my car followed the tram and barrier was open. parking lot was in 2 minutes walk. This family run hotel is completely secluded from the buzz of tour place.
We used one guest roon and one appartment of two bed. Sometimes we felt this hotel looks our own villa. To use tram is very convenient only takes 3 minutes walks. also We could visit center of old city of Bordeaux on foot. Breakfast restaurant was very cute and luxurious place.
However if you want more service of business like hotel, this is not proper. Even there is no telephone in the room and if you are late or too early no person in reception.
However if you want to feel special stay different from generic hotel atmosphere, this the very hotel. I will visit Bordeaux again to visit Medoc and Sauterne winery, absolutely I will stay this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Spent 5 nights here in September 2012 and chose it on the basis of other TripAdvisor reviews.
Paradoxically sited in what might be called a quiet back street but also on a major tram route...which had its advantages. The hotel design is a pleasingley quirky mix of old and new with very traditional features and contemporary dressing - the massive feathered lamp shades are a real eye catcher and I don't think I've ever stayed anywhere with such high ceilings.

We stayed in the Richard Wagner room, situated at the front of the property, with a small balcony that caught the last sun rays of the day. Massive bed (?ultra king size) and bathroom with two basins and bath integral to the bedroom behind a semi-partitioned wall. Toilet in a small side room. All very clean and comfortable. There was a little noise from the tram but this did not bother us and the advantage of having it just about on the doorstep, making exploring much easier far outweighed any other issues. There are signs in the room asking you not to eat in there - I think this is because there are some ants around. We found a few on the floor on our return one afternoon but these were rapidly dealt with by the staff on reception when informed. Mosquitoes were also present but the hotel provide one of those plug in devices to kill them. No air con in room but a large fan had been provided. It met our needs even though the daily temp got up to low thirties on a couple of days.

Breakfast was available at 12 euros and could best be described as "extended continental". We took it the first morning we stayed and it was fine, but if all you want is a croissant and a coffeee, there are cheaper options available very locally. Breaksfast is a sort of communal affair just one big table which gives the chance to meet other guests.

Hotel staff all very pleasant and helpful. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

Hint on getting to hotel - we came by train, arriving early one evening. Had to wait 20 minutes for a taxi to appear and then the driver refused to take us for reasons we couldn't understand. Next driver took us but it cost 20 euros. Depending on how much baggage you have, the tram is a really good option. Outside Bordeaux Gare St Jean, take the C line tram heading north towards Les Aubiers. Get off at Quinonces, about 5 or 6 stops away and change to the southbound B line tram towards Pessac. Get off at Gambetta, two stops away and the hotel is about 150m on the other side of the road. Cost 1.40 euro per person and takes about 15 minutes if the connections are good ...simples !

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

This hotel is a little gem right in the heart of Bordeaux. The rooms are nice and big, well furnished, large bathroom. The staff are excellent, really helpful and would do anything to help. The little courtyard is a delight to sit in early evening with a glass of wine. There's not much else to say because if I were to return to Bordeaux I would definitely stay here. The only negative thing to say is the breakfast was poor. Because there were 10 of us this seemed to completely fox the breakfast chef and it took half an hour to get scrambled egg.

We weren't bothered by the lack of a bar as we just went to Monoprix and bought local wine there and took it back to drink in the courtyard.

A very big thumbs up for this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This hotel is set in an old townhouse on a back street of Bordeaux, pretty centrally located and near to a beautiful cathedral (though noisy trams run down it quite often which meant we couldn't leave the windows open - air con would have been appreciated rather than a little fan). It's a lovely, characterful old building with a ramshackle old lift and some interesting (eccentric?) modern art sculptures. The welcome was friendly and they happily recommended and booked (then changed the time at our request) a local restaurant for us.

Ours was a huge room with a large comfy bed and cute little balcony, though I'd like to have had a proper shower rather than a handheld one in the bath.

Breakfast was generous (though an additional 12 Euros) with hot food, pastries and fruit, plus coffee and juice. My heart sank a bit at the communal table, but the couple we shared it with were friendly enough to not make it too painful.

Overall, I'd happily recommend this place if you want somewhere classy and traditional to stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hungerford
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Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

The ikea furniture is a little quirky and the hotel really needs a bar - however the breakfast is exceptional and the locality spot on - the tram stops outside the front door, but you are right in the centre anyway. It needs aircon however, as the side street is noisy and it was just too hot to leave the windows closed.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 44 Rue Vital Carles, 33000 Bordeaux, France
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Location: France > Aquitaine > Gironde > Bordeaux
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 75 B&Bs / Inns in Bordeaux
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thomas and Alizée San José, brother and sister, are very happy to introduce their establishment to you. Behind the imposing carriage door, five guest rooms and six apartments (Standard, Superior and two-room apartments), enjoying an exemplary style and comfort.With an ideal location, it is situated two steps away from the Bordeaux Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux) and in front of the magnificent Hôtel du Quartier Général. The rue Vital Carles is well-known for its central location, its history and historical monuments.Brother and sister offer a new concept of tourist accommodation. Right in the city centre, L'Hôtel Particulier offers the possibility to choose between apartments and guest rooms. ... more   less 
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