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“Good location but pricey” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Residence Biarritz Ocean

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Residence Biarritz Ocean
Ranked #30 of 64 Hotels in Biarritz
Dublin,Ireland
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good location but pricey”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

Stayed there for 7 nights in July 2013 myself,my wife and 2 daughters aged 17 & 18.The location is excellent for the centre and beach in Biarritz however the cost seemed high although it was the high season.
Not sure how it gets 4 stars as the facilities are a bit basic. It had WIFI but no Airconditioning,pool or bar facility(there was apparently a soft drinks bar but did not see that during the week).The lack of a pool was to be expected given the central location but AC and a bar would have been nice.The nightly cost in the high season was in excess of €200 which seems high for a small seaside town in South west France but the town is well worth a visit and this base does provide a great location to see it from. The accomation consisted of a living room/kitchenette, bedroom and the 2 bunk beds are quite cramped in an alcove especially if used by grown teenagers.

Room Tip: rooms with a garden rather than street view are preferable
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Galway
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

We opted to rent an apartment in this aparthotel considering that the hotels in Biarritz charge fairly ludicrous off-season rates. In regards to location, you're very well placed (1 minute walk to restaurants, Galleries LaFayette etc., and about 5 to the beach. Carrefour, a French grocery shop is within easy reach also. We heard no noise at night (the hotel is on a side street anyway). Reception is closed for a lot of the time during the day ,however, you're given a code to the door so there's no chance of being locked out. I'm not sure why it's called "Residence Ocean" considering you can't actually see the ocean, but I'm not one to complain. The apartment itself was perfectly fine, not as a glamourous or fashionable as say, a Radisson, but it was functional, clean and comfortable. First off, free wi-fi, check! The bathroom was well appointed with soaps, gels, towels, good pressure shower and the washroom and toilet were separate. The kitchen, which was adjoined to the sitting room was slightly dated in decor but in good order regarding appliances with a dishwasher, coffee maker, microwave, plenty of utensils, fridge and two ring cooker. The sofa folded out as a bed and there was spare bedding/pillows in the main bedroom which was a plus. You had a table with 4 chairs in the kitchen/living and an LCD TV, but it was small and had no English Speaking channels. The bedroom was a good size, with wardrobe storage and an adjoining balcony into the kitchen (with another table and chairs). The bunk bed was situated in an alcove off the main bedroom, enough to sleep two children or adults. I'm 6'0 and I didn't feel at all cramped in it! Beds were made and bathrooms cleaned with soaps refilled and towels changed everyday, but the one catch is you have to clean the kitchen before you leave but that wasn't much of a problem for us. I would recommend this hotel considering you get much of the same services, including an optional breakfast, wi-fi, maid service and above all more space, even if it isn't as trendy or luxurious it serves just fine.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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paris
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54 reviews
51 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

We stayed in an apartment with a bedroom and 2 bunk beds for 2 nights in May. We appreciated the great location right in the center of town and activity, a mere 15 minutes stroll to the beach and market area. We also liked having the kitchenette to prepare snacks and drinks, as well as the spacious living room to unwind during the evenings. However, do note that it is not a full-service hotel, and there may be minor inconveniences to endure, such as no counter service during the afternoons and limited concierge services etc. I also found the cleanliness standards a little lacking, with the linens on the bunk bed quite sandy on the first night. So if you are particular about having your creature comforts, it would be best to stay in a regular hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lafemmemange
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

This aparthotel is located just 2 minutes walk from the centre of town. It is very clean and comfortable and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The apartments are very well equipped. There is cable TV with lots of TV stations but none in English. That didn't worry us but may be an issue if you are staying there with young children. Although the reception is not staffed 24 hours a day, there is a number to call if you need help.

These apartments are described as 4 stars. I wouldn't really concur with that. I can't find fault with anything at all but I just imagine a little more luxurious surroundings in a 4 star hotel.

Breakfast is available (continental-style) at €9 per head. I wouldn't bother. There is a fabulous bakery 2 mins walk from the hotel where you can get everything you need for breakfast.

For food shopping, there is a Carrefour supermarket about 10 mins walk away that will have all you need. It's open till 9pm Mon-Sat and until 1pm on Sunday.

Restaurants are pricey for what you get but we found a fabulous place called 'La Pizzeria' in Les Colonnes, about 5 mins walk. Great food, big portions and very reasonably priced.

We'd use this hotel again if we go back to Biarritz so I hope that's a good recommendation.

Room Tip: Rooms with a garden view are quieter but cost a little more.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cligereen
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Dublin, Ireland
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54 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

Our group of four spent two nights in this hotel which is in a great location. The beach was less a ten minute walk away and there is a good restaurant just opposite called Le Goule. Our room was more of an apartment as it had a sitting room and kitchen with a pleasant balcony which overlooked a pretty garden.
There was a good sized bedroom however the other two beds were bunk beds which were in an alcove in the hall area. This might be all right for children but was not ideal for adult travellers.
The lobby of this hotel is lovely and the staff very pleasant. We payed 480 for two nights which I felt was expensive.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CatEire
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Ireland
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

Great location a few minutes from the beach and the shops! Apartment functional 3 girls staying here I drew the short straw and got the bunk beds which were fine but it was more like a closet than a room no door! Staff were nice when you could find them reception only staffed about 5 hours a day so good luck if you want to find a good restaurant or a taxi, but you get what you pay for so no complaints! Biarattz lovely small town very friendly and we enjoyed our stay, bit of advice visit st jean de luz 30 mins on the bus beautiful quaint little town lots of little shops and restaurants so well worth a visit.

Room Tip: Apartments all the same! Very good for families
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Residence Biarritz Ocean
Address: 10 rue Etienne Ardoin, 64200 Biarritz, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Pyrenees-Atlantiques > Basque Country > Biarritz
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Luxury Hotel in Biarritz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Residence Biarritz Ocean 4*
Number of rooms: 29
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