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Hotel La Marisa
Ranked #8 of 29 Hotels in Saint-Jean-de-Luz
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“delightful, welcoming and relaxing hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

our first trip to st jean de luz...and how wise we were to read the reviews of others and
select HOTEL LA MARISA for our stay. mehdi and sylvie were charming hosts, always there to help and advise...and even find time for a friendly chat. the hotel is stylish,
beautifully decorated (fine oak paneling throughout, including the spacious lift) and in the reception area, a library of books to read and comfortable seating . there is a delightful
garden-patio, where it's a real pleasure to return late afternoon and enjoy a cup of tea. it's
ideally located in a quiet backstreet, just a few minutes walk from the seafront.
st jean de luz is a beautiful resort....and we shall definately be returning....some time.....where will we stay? HOTEL LA MARISA...without a doubt.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Charleston, South Carolina
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63 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

It has been 5 months since we returned from our bicycling trip along the Atlantic Coast of France from the mouth of the Loire to the Spanish Border. Happily Saint-Jean-de-Luz was the final stop on this trip. Our days in this area and at the Hotel La Marisa were some of the best of our trip. There's not much more that can be said about Sylvie and Mehdi. They are what makes Hotel La Marisa the most charming place to stay in the area. Without them, the hotel would be just a place to spend the night. This dynamic duo seem to always be around when you need something, and they always seem to make the right suggestion for whatever you are looking for. A stay here is truly very special.

If you are looking for a hotel with a bar and lounge, this in not the place for you. If you are looking for on-site parking, this is not the place for you. If you are looking to watch television with English stations, this is also probably not the place for you. If you're looking for one of the most authentic, charming Basque hotels in the region, located in the heart of a very vibrant resort town, less than a block from the promenade and beach, then Hotel La Marisa is for you, if you are lucky enough to get a room. While the rates at the hotel are definitely in the moderate and up category, a room at a comparable hotel in the South of France during the busy summer season would be three times the price!

Definitely one of my favorite hotels of the year, and a reason to go back and visit Saint-Jean-de-Luz again!

Room Tip: The rooms are typical European rooms and are definitely small by US standards. If you are concerned...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rome, Italy
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

we have selected this hotel after Trip Advisor for our stay (3 days, end of July). The hotel is nicely located at the border of the pedestrian zone, in the center of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, a few meters from the beautiful beach of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. The staff (Mehdi) and the owner (Sylvie) are very (genuinely) nice and extremely helpful. Our room (on 2nd floor) was quiet though on the street side (little traffic), nicely decorated and well equipped. Breakfast was very good; weather permitting you can eat in the nice courtyard. Next visit to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, for sure we will stay at the Hotel La Marisa.

Room Tip: The street in front of the hotel is a small street (few cars driving slowly). I guess that all the r...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ipetitev
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sonoma county
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24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

superior and generous assistance with all my varied requests, at the front desk, from both Mehdi and Sylvie. great location near the sea, VERY clean rooms. it is extremely helpful that they offer 24 hr. access to 'help-yourself' waters, teas, etc....i really can't overstate the value of this unusual service they provide. a place to sit in their wonderful garden to enjoy yourself/your 'groceries' is always available. i am very grateful we found this place.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chilliwack, Canada
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36 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

From the outside this charming, quaint hotel does not look too impressive but once you enter you quickly will appreciate the quality of of the millwork that surrounds you. The staff (Mehdi) and the owner Sylvie are friendly and their English is excellent. Mehdi was very helpful with restaurant selections and any other questions about the town. Parking was a few blocks away but not too much of an inconvenience as the town is very walkable. The room we were in 303 was overlooking the street and I believe one of the bigger ones; but still a little small by NA standards. The hotel,room,bathroom were all very clean. We would stay here again.

Room Tip: Choose the 3rd floor if possible
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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280 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

We stopped here on the way through France to Spain. It is very well located as it is central to the town but not far from the motorway. The parking was in a public car park which seemed very secure and worth the money. However, it is not very close to the hotel so, if you have luggage, then unload at the hotel before you park. We were disappointed to find that there was no bar facility as a quiet drink in their courtyard would have been most welcome. There is no restaurant either although that is no problem as there are many to choose from within easy walking distance in this charming seaside town.
The greeting was very warm from the hotel staff and the room clean and pleasant. We didn't have breakfast so cannot comment on that as we left very early the next day. We both felt that it was a little pricy for what is, in effect, a B&B, but this IS France so not surprising.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Watford
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14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

I have stayed in hundreds of hotels and this is one of the best. It is clean, comfortable, very well appointed, and above all the owner and staff are some of the friendliest and flexible I have encountered. They really did their best to make our holiday as enjoyable a possible. Also St Jean de Luz is a very busy resort but La Marisa provided us with an oasis of calm and peace whilst being just 50m from the beach.

I am looking forward to going back there again as it is a really special place - Brilliant!

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel La Marisa
Address: 16, rue Sopite, 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
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Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Pyrenees-Atlantiques > Basque Country > Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Saint-Jean-de-Luz
#2 Romantic Hotel in Saint-Jean-de-Luz
#2 Family Hotel in Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Marisa 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Marisa is an hotel of charm, 3* star, located idyllically in the historic center, within 30 meters walking to the beach.Taking into account every traveler's needs, we put a lot of effort, so that you feel home. You will note that our rooms are all personalized where the old and the modern mix well. ... more   less 
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