I stayed there one night while visiting family nearby, and I had dinner at the restaurant. The restaurant exceeded my expectations and deserves more than 1 Michelin * according to me. I definitively recommend it, all the more as service was both efficient and casual. Minor complaint: Bordeaux greatest crus were priced at undecent levels (sometimes twice as expensive as in 3 * restaurants in Paris). Anyhow, this gave me a good opportunity to try less famous wines, which turned out to be excellent too.
As for the lodging, its eccentric design is fun but also a bit outdated now. Walking to the rooms requires passing in a corridor that separates the restaurant from its kitchen (very strange) and walking up and down stairs. If the bedroom offers an interesting view, it is not breath-taking as, besides of the vineyard in the foreground, you mainly see freeways and commercial malls around Bordeaux in the distance. Furthermore, you may also have a view of your neighbours' bedroom (see picture), meaning you and your neighbours have no privacy. Except if closing the roller shutter and finding yourself in the dark (no curtain in the room, why ?).
I had some minor issues during my stay, such as the housemaid entering my room at 11h15 am on departure day while I was taking a shower. As rooms have to be left at 12 noon and as I had not checked-out yet, I do not understand why she entered my room in the first place. The hotel does not provide a "do not disturb sign" and the door lock I had engaged obviously doe not prevent people from entering the room. I also suffered from noise coming from the room above mine (when people flushed their toilets and so on) and I am afraid the rooms conception is too old to provide modern sound proofing. I also regreted the fact that toiletries were not refilled for turndown service.
Anyhow, this is a nice property and hotel location is good to explore Saint Emilion and Pomerol areas. As Bouliac is far from the Medoc area and as driving to Bordeaux can take quite a while with the traffic jams (railway station is a 15 minute easy drive but going really to Bordeaux downtown can become a nightmare), I would recommend staying at the Saint James for a short stay, focused on Saint Emilion and Pomerol, and on indulging oneself at their restaurant.
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