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Review of La Maison Oppoca Hotel Restaurant

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La Maison Oppoca Hotel Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Ainhoa
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“An enchanting location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2011

After a great deal of research for a charming inn in the Basque mountains, we settled on Oppoca, and we were delighted. Beautifully renovated, this traditional building sits in the center of a perfect mountaintop village, with every window giving out onto a view of the green hillsides, complete with sheep and clouds.
The welcome, hospitality, and advice were everything we could have asked, and our dinner on the back terrace, surrounded by countryside, was superior. We had two of the best dishes we had on our month-long trip through France: a shrimp starter and the most perfect apple tart I've had in my life.
We chose a "caractere" room, which had a lovely window view, but next time I would consider renting one of the rooms with a terrace that looks out over the mountains. The view and outdoor sitting space would be worth the extra money in this location.

Room Tip: You'll want a view of the mountains, so inquire about that in choosing your room.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2011

We stayed at La Maison Oppoca as part of our honeymoon around France and Spain - and we had never visited this part of the basque country. Unfortunately the reception (as mentioned in earlier reviews) wasn't very warm, and the service in the restaurant was very formal and unfriendly.

the Room was very big, and the bathroom had been well-done, but a swish rain-shower can't make up for feeling like you're unwelcome when you're paying 150 euros a night to stay somewhere!

The town of Ainhoa is very touristy, with several shops all selling the same tat - and only a couple of bars. Also, the options for eating out are very limited as restaurants are closed for several nights during the week, so we drove to St Jean de Luz and Biaritzz, becuase at least they both have some variety! it's probably a great base for walkers but unfortunately it rained for the whole of the 3 days we were there!

The restaurant is very nouvelle-cuisine, but has a good wine selection. We ate at the "bistro", and we had a very disappointing meal, although other people had ordered different things that looked much nicer (avoid the veal lasagna!). The breakfast however, were very good - with lots of selection and constantly replenished stock.

The night before checking out we were informed that we had to pay for our room in cash (but could pay for dinners/breakfasts on a card) - which was very inconvinient as we didn't have 450 euros in cash and had to drive around biaritzz on a sunday looking for cash machines that weren't out of money (the first 5 we came across were empty!). When I asked for a receipt I was told it wasn't possible, very odd.

Overall, our experience in Ainhoa would have been greatly improved if the reception was a bit warmer - we won't be back.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2011

We stayed overnight on our trip from Portugal to the UK, arriving at 6 and leaving by 9 the next day. We had two very large rooms at the back of the hotel - away from the local church bells - which are very modern and beautifully appointed. Large beds, big screen TV, fully equipped bathroom with bath and separate shower and so on.

We ate in the Bistro as the restaurant is closed on a Sunday - and that suited us fine; like other reporters we found it odd to be asked what we would drink for breakfast...the meal was fine and served efficiently.

Breakfast is croissants/rolls, cereals,etc - but on reflection seems pricey at €9 each. We all considered later how much better it feels when breakfast is included in the overall price.

It's a pleasant place to stay and the rooms are lovely - but just seems a touch pricey.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back to avoid the church bells
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 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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London
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98 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2011

Ainhoa, whilst pretty, turned out to be very much busier than we had envisaged. In July it was heaving the afternoon we arrived with day trippers, cars nose to tail along the single street, and a row of shops all selling the same mass produced stuff.

We very much enjoyed our evening meal in the hotel's pleasant and spacious restaurant. Fresh flavours and some interesting combinations with excellent breads etc. However our view on the hotel itself was somewhat mixed . We felt that our room was somewhat dark and stuffy as only a small seating area set to off side of the main room had any natural light or window you could open to ventilate the room. The service was proper but not in any way warm and had some odd features such as being asked immediately we arrived in mid afternoon exactly what hot drinks we wanted the next morning for breakfast in the dining room. This check in involved a flow of French which is clearly reasonable and to be expected as we were in southern France but, in this instance, it was not tempered in any way by any smile or signal acknowledging that this might stretch our now very distant school language skills.


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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2011

The rather small room was a bit run down and poorly furnished, which is not right for the price. We were obliged to eat an endless and elaborate dinner or else go hungry, as the smaller bistro restaurant was not open for dinner, and this is a very very small town with nowhere else to go. Add to this we were tired and it was pouring rain. Staff a bit grumpy too. Not a bad place, just not a very good one. The dinner was horribly expensive. We asked for something simple, but no luck!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sheherezade
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Lahaina, Hawaii
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22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2011

Stayed for two nights at La Maison Oppoca and very much enjoyed the experience.We were shown to a very large room with a private balconey. It had a beautiful Samsung HDTV to watch the French open,etc. A modern bathroom made us feel like we were at home. The hotel`s owner was a friendly and helpful hostess, who added to the comfort of our overall experience.

As it turned out, her highly regarded restaurant was closed on Sundays and Mondays, so we had two delicious meals in their bistro. If your travels take you to Ainhoa in the French Basque country, you cnnot do any better than the Maison Oppoca.

Room Tip: Request a residence room.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 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
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honeoye falls, ny
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2010

Hotel La Maison Oppoca is a beautifully restored and updated small hotel in the center of Ainhoa, one of France’s “Most Beautiful Villages”. It is owned and operated by the Massonde family who are very welcoming and helpful. The attached Bistro and Fine Dining restaurants are outstanding. The breakfasts are also delicious. The “Oppoca” is a great base for exploring the beautiful Basque region. If possible, reserve one of their rooms at the back for a great view of the mountains.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: La Maison Oppoca Hotel Restaurant
Address: | Le Bourg, 64250 Ainhoa, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Pyrenees-Atlantiques > Basque Country > Ainhoa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Ainhoa
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Hotel Class:4 star — La Maison Oppoca Hotel Restaurant 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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