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“Almost like staying in a bed and breakfast” 5 of 5 stars
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La maison du Lierre
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3 avenue du Jardin Public, 64200 Biarritz, France   |  
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Ranked #28 of 69 Hotels in Biarritz
NYC
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Almost like staying in a bed and breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2009

We loved the Maison du lierre. It is idealy located and provided a friendly and comfortable place to stay but don't expect luxury or full service. I would definitely stay again if we go back to Biarritz.

Stayed at the Maison du Lierre for 2 nights with my wife and 2 year old son. Our room was very comfortable and clean. We had a small balcony that overlooked the street and the park that is diagonal to the hotel. The hotel is furnished as if it was a house (it doesn't have that many rooms anyway) which provided a friendly atmosphere. We bathroom was small but usable.

This is not a full service hotel. There is single person that takes care of the reception and the breakfast room. She was very friendly and spoke good Spanish. Unfortunately the reception is only open until early evening. They will make special arrangements if you arrive late but don't expect a wake up call early in the morning or someone to help you with the luggage late at night.

Although the hotel was sold out during our stay we did not have any issues with excessive noise.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2007

We booked this at the very last minute and so did not have a lot of choice for accommodation in the town. We were pleasantly surprised by the hotel. It is conveniently located for the airport, train station, beaches, reastaurants and the town centre.



We received a very friendly welcome and the room was well sized with a newish, if small bathroom suite. The wooden floors were a bit noisy, but they fitted well with the more traditional furnishings in the room, which was nicely decorated in line with the room name (camomille, room 14 on the first floor).



Breakfast was a bit pricey, but the boulangerie across the road from the bottom of the Rue du Jardin Public was good value, offering freshly baked breads, a coffee machine and a couple of tables just outside the door.

  • Liked — Location and traditional style.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2007

We were desperate for last minute accomodation in Biarritz in August and booked this before reading the slamming reviews on TripAdvisor!
The hotel is well situated in the centre of town and near to bus stops to the airport. Our first room was actually modern, fresh and clean and the staff were really friendly. However, the breakfast's overpriced at 10 euros for bread, yoghurt, juice and a hot drink. Especially when you can get breakfast for 6 euros in town.
We were so happily surprised that we booked the hotel on our way home, a week later. This time we were given a bigger, and therefore more expensive room on the ground floor. There was a sign explaining that the hotel was undergoing refurbishment, which explained the massive difference in quality (but not price). The bathroom smelt damp, probably due to the cork (?!) walls, and contained a variety of insect life. The beds were covered with a quilt and cushions which had not seen a washing machine in a very long time, although the proper bedding (pillows are found in the wardrobe) was clean. Finally, being right next to reception, our sleep was governed by how much noise the owners made in reception.
I'm sure Maison du Lierre will get there in the end with its refurbishments, but in the meantime, ask to see your room before agreeing to take it and don't bother with breakfast.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — disparity in quality of rooms
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2007

Just back from a five day stay in the Maison du Lierre & having read the reviews we were really concerned about the hotel. However we were pleasantly suprised - our room (number 17) was spacious, similar in style to the photographs on the hotel website, & we had a very large terrace with table & chairs. We has specified that we wanted a renovated room - so perhaps this could explain the difference ? Certainly I'd class this as a lovely three star hotel.

We'd certainly recommend this hotel & while the room wasn't cheap at €130 per night - a last minute hotel booking in high season Biarritz is never going to be cheap.

  • Liked — Beautiful shabby chic decor
  • Disliked — Wooden stairs can be quite noisy
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2007

The location of this hotel is excellent. However, everything else about our stay was awful. As other guests have written, the website is very deceptive. The rooms we stayed in were small and terribly furnished, there were no views, the beds were small and very uncomfortable and the bath in our second bathroom was more like a shower cubicle. The worst part of the stay was however the rudeness of the hotel staff. We were told prior to our stay that we would have to move half way through. We agreed to this. Initially we were meant to move on Tuesday, then they changed this to Wednesday, after we had packed and arrived back in the reception hall we were told we weren't moving until Friday. After we complained that this was unacceptable, they agreed that we could stay in our original room, only to change their minds again the next day. The room that they made us move to on the Friday was right next to the front door (there are two rooms off the reception hall). The walls are paper thin so we could hear people walking through the reception and speaking to the staff all day. This hotel was far from value for money and very nearly ruined what was otherwise a lovely holiday.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — The attitude of the staff
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2007

Had booked this hotel based on their website - which did not feature any pictures of the rooms - and for a reason, it turned out.

The reception area and hallways were fair enough, but the room itself
was awful. An extension cord that looked like it had survived a nuclear war powered all the lights in the room, the carpet was dirty and the wall paper was falling off the wall in places. The worst though was the pillows which smelled like sweat and greasy hair - didn't seem like the sheets had been washed from the last (10) guests.

We stayed for 20 minutes, then went out and got a room in a different
hotel. We lost our deposit but there's no way we could have stayed in this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 3 avenue du Jardin Public, 64200 Biarritz, France
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Location: France > Aquitaine > Pyrenees-Atlantiques > Basque Country > Biarritz
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Biarritz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — La maison du Lierre 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A FAMILIAL HOUSE OF CARACTER :this beautiful mansion with its private garden will seduce you by its charm and its "bed and breakfast" atmosphere.Ideally located in biarritz town centre, La maison du lierre is close to a quiet square and just 300 m far from the beach, the congressplace, the casino and the typical market placeATMOSPHERE: you will certainly be charmed by this hotel facing Biarritz public square , old parquet, walls decorated with distemper, off-white shade cloth and natural materials(venetian red stucco, marmorino)the owner helene Deveze,painter and interior decorator gave back all its beauty to this huge XIX century mansion. ... more   less 
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