Although this hotel is not exactly in 'Bordeaux Centre' as its name suggests, it is close to the main Gare St Jean - down a calm street three mins walk away - and within very easy striking distance of the wonderful new public transport system with trams every six minutes. These whisk you downtown within 5 or 10 mins along the picturesque newly-renovated banks of the River Garonne. Hotel is modern, stylish, very clean, comfortable for the price - nicely-tiled and spacious-enough en suite with large decent shower, plenty of nice towels, comfortable beds, built-in desk and good lighting, attractive sleek grey with bright-green accents decor. Free internet access; just pick up the code from a pile at the front desk. Breakfasts a little pricey at 9 Euro for a reasonable buffet, although the mini croissants were spoiled by a sweet, sticky topping (for our money, coffee and a more-traditional croissant amid the faded grandeur of the Terminus opposite the Gare St Jean or a breakfast special from Paul on the outside of the Gare were better value). Front-desk staff are pleasant and helpful, and speak excellent English, should your French be fragile. The reception/bar/breakfast area is not huge, but is very stylish, almost hip, with a cool outside patio area at the back of the hotel where you can eat breakfast or have a drink. There is a secure underground carpark (9 Euro a night?), which is worth the price as parking in the neighbourhood is paying anyway and, although it seemed perfectly safe to us four girls (and we walked all over, even late at night), the area of the station is perhaps a little dodgy around the edges in the wee hours of the morning. We wouldn't necessarily recommend the restaurants opposite the station: although they are decent enough - with inexpensive prix-fixe menus - there are so many more better restaurants to try within a short, fun tramride away (for a treat, don't miss La Tupina - you could even walk there from the hotel, or take the tram). There is also a large Carrefour supermarket right behind the hotel - down a little side street - that turns out a surprisingly decent roast chicken should you just fancy a quiet night in. And don't forget to pick up a bottle of the excellent local Bordeaux while you're about it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With modern architecture and friendly staff, the 3-star Campanile Hotel Bordeaux - Gare Saint Jean combines comfort and modernity. The Bordeaux region is renowned for its fine vineyards - the Emilion vineyards and the Médoc wine trail are both within driving distance of the hotel. Getting around Situated just 100m from Saint Jean railway station, the hotel enjoys a convenient location for travel throughout France. You'll find us a five-minute’s walk from Bordeaux’s historic city centre, which features on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Explore local attractions including the Place des Quinconces, the Bourse and the Grand Théâtre. Our hotel is 20 minutes from the Palais des Congrès and 11km from the Grand Stade Stade Matmut in Bordeaux. The Bordeaux-Mérignac airport is only 13 kilometres away, and you can catch a private shuttle bus from the railway station. ... more less
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