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“A gem of a hotel in a wonderful place”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel La Marisa

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Hotel La Marisa
Ranked #7 of 29 Hotels in Saint-Jean-de-Luz
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“A gem of a hotel in a wonderful place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

This really is a gem of a hotel. Great location in lovely St jean de Luz - close to beach and all other amenities. Short stroll one way to the beach and the atmospheric old town in pedestrianised shopping area the other. The owners are so friendly and always on hand to advise on where to go or recommend restaurants etc. The hotel has a maritime theme (see photos) and is spotless clean throughout. The only negative is that the classic style rooms are rather cramped for space - definitely worth trading up to the comfort or executive rooms. Free wifi and lots of reference books to browse in foyer area. There is a lovely small outdoor terrace for breakfast when weather is fair. All in all a perfect spot to enjoy the charming town of St Jean de Luz with nearby Biarritz, Bayonne and San Sebastian over the the Spanish border also enticing places to visit.

Room Tip: Trade up to a comfort room for more space
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

Having done considerable research, we decided to book the last night of our French holiday in La Marisa. Not the easiest of places to find, but the effort was well worth it. Extraordinarily friendly welcome, most helpful with the car parking, lovely comfortable room, residents' lounge extremely well stocked with books and magazines. Breakfast was not cheap at €12 each, but the quality was good, and it wasn't compulsory! We would wholeheartedly recommend La Marisa.

Room Tip: Our room overlooking the street was fine, but French dustcarts do start at 5 am!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

A bit of a gem. Only 50m from the beach, a lovely friendly and family-run hotel with a beautiful little enclosed courtyard to enjoy their excellent breakfasts. St Jean de Luz is a great little town. Lots of restaurants and a good beach. Will definitely be back

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Issigeac Dordogne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is a friendly, charming, clean, centrally located hotel. We had a cheaper and smaller room than we had during our last stay, but it was still good. I guess that because the hotel is run by the owner who is on site, it works really well, the standards are high and the furnishings were of good quality and tasteful. In addition, for those people with no French, she, and most of the staff, do speak perfect English.
Some people have written, on this site, that they missed having free toiletries but to us, the comfort of the bed and quality of the sheets and towels are what matter and these were first class and extremely clean. Although our bedroom looked out onto the main street, because of the shutters, double glazing and blinds, there was no noise. The breakfasts were good and fresh though simple.
Their advice about what shops to visit was most helpful and the first evening, we ate at a Basque restaurant that they said was good. However, what really impressed us was that for the following evening, we were recommended a nearby seafood restaurant, and when the meal and service turned out to be awful, we reported this back to the owner. She really did listen and said that she would investigate whether the chef had changed or something had gone wrong.
In short, we felt as though we were staying in an establishment that listened and treated us well. No wonder they are nearly always fully booked.
Thank you for a lovely stay in St Jean de Luz.

Room Tip: I think that they are probably all good though they do vary a bit in size and not all have a bath.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

This hotel is in a great location, right by the beach and the staff was extremely helpful - answered a lot of questions about the location and booked restaurants for us. I'd definitely stay here again with my next visit!

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gata de Gorgos, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

The Marisa is situated just off the seafront in the lovely town of St Jean de Luz- It is a couple of minutes from the main shopping centre and the streets where there are many great restaurants. We have stayed there twice before of modernity to it although it still retains its very "French" style.
The rooms are a reasonable size with either showers or baths and now have television in each room and adequate storage facilities. There is a lift to all three floors.The hotel is very clean and there is a beautiful small sheltered courtyard where breakfast can be taken when the weather allows. Wifi is available throughout the hotel. There are a few garages across the road which can be hired at 15€ a day or they provide you with a pass to garage the car in the public car park a couple of hundred metres away at 10€ per day.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are a little quieter
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

Very well presented room in a small but welcoming hotel in the centre of town. Nicely decorated room. Small cosy salon next to reception, drinks available on an honesty system. We were very lucky to get a parking spot right outside, but there is paid parking available near the hotel. Hotel quite tricky to get to by car as the streets are very narrow and one way system very restrictive. Glad we persevered.

Room Tip: Basic room was very comfy.
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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 Family Hotel in Saint-Jean-de-Luz
#2 Romantic 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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