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Hotel Atalaye
Ranked #56 of 64 Hotels in Biarritz
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Shabby Hotel”
Reviewed September 20, 2006

Whoever wrote that this place is one step above a youth hostel was being generous. I would not recommend staying here unless you are college student travelling on a very tight budget (or, alternatively, a surfer living out of your EuroVan). Our room was tiny and dark. However, my main complaint is simply that the place was not clean.I was up all nights sneezing with water eyes and an itchy nose, which only stopped when i left the room. Upon examination in the morning, i found that the pillows were literally stuffed with something that looked like 100 handfuls of balled up laundry lint. Yuck.

In addition, perhaps in an effort to save energy or money, the hotel keeps all hallway lights OFF. Which means that coming up the stairs to our room we were forced to feel around the dark walls to find the light switch in order to find our way to our room. This was not only annoying, but also, just plain dangerous.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — not clean
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2006

We arrived at this hotel at around 1600 to find that they had sold our room to other tourists. When questioned about this they suggested that we had given them a wrong credit card number. August is the busiest season in Biarritz and to be stuck without a room after a day's journey from Bilbao with a pregnant wife was disgraceful! We were not offered a taxi to the tourist office/alternative hotel and when we finally found somewhere else to stay it was way over budget due to the last minute nature of our reservation. We had booked and confirmed the Atalye weeks in advance.

PS - on arrival it looked a dump!

  • Liked — Nada
  • Disliked — The rudness of staff
  • Tips/Secrets — Do not stay here for all the tea in china (and India)
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank rocastle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2005

Stayed 3 nights at the Hotel Atalaye in May 2004. This is a very basic, budget lodging -- one notch up from a hostel because it has private baths. Good location in town, close to Place St. Eugenie. Friendly staff. The clientele is generally quite young -- college students or recent college grads. No common areas other than the small lobby.

All the rooms have been renovated in the last few years and have been decorated with charm. However, there's wide variation in room size (priced accordingly). I saw a couple of rooms before making my choice. The cheapest room was claustrophobia-inducing; no room for anything other than the bed. For about $10 more, I was able to get a much more spacious, airy room (windows on 2 sides) -- comfortable for me as a solo traveler. My room was reasonably clean and made up daily.

The bathroom was tiled and renovated -- adequate but not really comfortable. The tub had a shower head attached to a hose (European-style) but no curtain, so I had to crouch low while showering to avoid spraying water all over the place (and also had to hold the hose with one hand, since the shower head wasn't attached to the wall). Despite the renovation, the sink had a large crack in it, which contributed to the ambiance of slight disrepair.

The lighting was inadequate and the desk lamp didn't work properly.

The Hotel Atalaye is a decent place for those comfortable staying in basic lodgings and on a small budget. Others will be disappointed.

  • Stayed May 2004
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2004

There is no air conditioning, and the place looked like it had not been cleaned in a while. The bathroom was really unpleasant in appearance and functionality. The room was spartan and lacked personality. You can't beat the price and location, though. We had a small terrace overlooking a beautiful plaza, and it was close to everything. Keep in mind that during some times of the year, the kids come to play and they spend all night drinking and carousing. There is a bar at the end of the street that remained lively and loud until late. The staff are extremely friendly.

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11 Thank scubaelf
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Additional Information about Hotel Atalaye

Property: Hotel Atalaye
Address: 6 rue des Goelands | Plateau de l'Atalaye, 64200 Biarritz, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Pyrenees-Atlantiques > Basque Country > Biarritz
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #56 of 64 Hotels in Biarritz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
Also Known As:
Atalaye Hotel Biarritz

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