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... 15kms from here. Many people had told us that is was better than Biarritz, a bit less touristy etc, but I am not in that camp. It is really nice, but a bit Miami for my liking. Like the rest of the beaches we have come across they know how to pack them in, but I will take Biarritz every day of the week. Definitely have to come back here again in the not to distant future.
Changeover day into San Seb went very smoothly although Cedric the Citroen ...
... tight spot and a lie down amongst the young and old.
Escaping the crowds we heading back to the tranquility of Bayonne and enjoyed a delicious Ice cream. Fantastic dinner of veal and salad. Vincent went off to play Pal-la an old Basque sport similar to Squash, played with a plywood bat. We wandered down later to watch him play which was eye opening. Walking home through the streets at 11pm the restaurants were still full. What a day in the Basque!! ...
... I noticed 2 cars had already arrived and people were busily mowing lawns, picking up the array of things that the kids had scattered all over the place etc so I thought I had better check what time checkout was. Oooops, it's 10am. Oh well, into action we go and by 9.50 we have pretty much got everything ready to go except Kate who had still not stirred. The Eye mask she keeps talking about must be working a treat and she must have some good ear masks too to ...
... you are the only "angel", that has truly earned your name. Shame on you, on more time GRINDOZ, the horrible. Ok.... enough of my complaining about the inadequacies of this horrid agency! Once at the station, we took our bags to the platform, and waited for the 10:57 train to Bordeaux. The train was right on time, and after struggling only a little while, we were all situated at our table for 4, for the next 8 hours and 15 minutes. I was really dreading this lengthy ...
... blatantly oblivious to anything but counting sheep and heavy breathing. So after the excitement of winning from afar, we head to the beach - it's 11, we hire a little umbrella with shade side for €10 - our base for the day. Blue skies, nothing but blue skies can I see - they're lyrics from a song aren't they? Anyway, MAGIC. Kids straight to the beach with Paul, me I open Tyler Hamilton's book 'The Great Race' which Paul's already read. Was recommended to me by a friend ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Hotel Biarritz
Very good hotel 5 minutes walk from some fantastic restaurants. All reception staff are very helpful and their knowledge of good local restaurants was great. The only drawback was the 21 euros for a fairly restricted buffet breakfast. We had it the first day but afterwards walked to the center (5 minutes) and ate in a patisserie with coffee and other breakfast drinks for a third of the price.
Good comfortable town centre hotel
Stayed for 2 nights in December 2005 (had stayed previously when hotel was Crowne Plaza) Paid 122 euros including breakfast each night. Stayed in a twin double bedded room. Room very spacious and well equipped. Hotel is situated in a quiet area of the town. Town centre is only a 10 minute walk away. Hotel has its own underground secure car park. Only down side was the breakfast. Staff didn't see to be able to cope when the breakfast room was moderately busy. Buffet regularly ran out of basic items and staff didn't seem to know which items to replace first.
I stayed at the Radisson SAS with my girlfriend for 10 nights in early September. The hotel is, as most Radisson SAS, very mordern with efficient and helpfull staff. The best things about the hotel were the size of the rooms and the rooftop pool. We had two double beds in our room, a large desk and a seating group, lots of storage place for our belongings and all the amenities we needed. If you need something extra just call the one-touch-service...
The hotel is situated a 5-10 minute walk from the city center, with restaurants, bars and boulongarie's close by. The nearest beach is wonderful and is just across the street and down a good 100 steps! But be aware of the high tide, the beach is then non-existant!
The only negative thing we experienced during our stay was the slow service during the buffet breakfast. Only a couple of days we arrived there were available tables that had been cleaned. We have also experienced a greater selection at other Radisson SAS hotels, but the quality offered was good.
We would definitely stay here again and can highly recommend the hotel and the charming city of Biarritz.
We spent a week at the Radisson SAS in Biarritz and couldn't fault the experience. We had spacious accommodation and the service was first class. Recption staff made every effort to be welcoming and informative, even ringing around restaurants for us to find vegetarian meals. The adjoining spa is outstnading, great equipment, lovely hot tub and frequent fitness classes with first class trainers. All these carried a local charge but were exceptional value for money. Food in the Radisson was excellent, wtih good quality regional dishes and excellent bread! The outdoor pool was a welcome treat during an unseasonably warm week. Biarritz is a gem and the hotel complemented all the other pleasures we experienced. Highly recommended in the price bracket. I'd be very confident about this chain since staying at the Biarritz location. Well done!
Really good hotel, now the Radisson SAS
We arrived in the middle of a thunderstorm & were checked in quickly & efficiently. The very pleasant & helpful staff were putting out umbrellas for guests.
Very nice, large room, two double beds which were very comfortable & seating area. bathroom was large & clean with several choices of toiletries. Only one bathrobe, though! Secure underground car park with low roof - beware, we chipped the spoiler on our car when we opened the boot!!! Breakfast was good, not the best we've had but plenty of variety. Most importantly for us, the hotel is really dog friendly, we were able to sit in the bar with him & also took him down to breakfast in the morning & tucked him away in a corner.
It's a pleasant 10 minute walk into the centre of Biarritz from the hotel, either by the seafront or down a street that leads from the hotel.
We would definitely stay here again.
Great Hotel and great Staff
I have had the pleasure of staying in this hotel three times in the past year and I have to say "it was great". The staff at the hotel were most helpful, especially the concierge, Marlene, who booked us an excellent restaurant for every night we stayed there. I found the location of the hotel excellent, especially loved the roof top pool and bar with its fantastic views. I found the food in this part of France the best to be found. I did e-mail the hotel prior to my arrival to check if it was possible to check-in early, as my flight was quite early, and to my delight and my friends, our rooms were ready with a sea view also. I definitely would recommend this hotel.
Good food, quiet location, but with easy access to the beach, and town centre. Very pleasant public areas and quality and unobtrusive staff, who were always helpful. Booking through the 6-Continents (Holiday Inn) web-site seems to be as good as any. Not only tourists there, even in July when we went, but well used by french people as well, both as tourists and using conference facilities - which is saying something for an american style hotel these days!
Lots of game-playing with rates, room selection etc.
Rates are not nessesarily what is advertised or offered. Breakfast included? or Not? No one was certain.The Crown Plaza is blocks from the ocean. Sea view is only possible...if you stand on a very tall ladder, can see over or around buildings between the hotel and the water.I recieved no less than three e-mails from the hotel in which they apologized for making "mistakes," on quoting room rates.I cancelled and stayed at a beautiful hotel...on the sea, for 2/3 of the price of Crown Plaza, parking and breakfast included....in Saint Jean du Luz.
This hotel is a mixed bag. On the positive side, the staff are very helpful (they let me keep my room until 5pm as I had a late flight) and speak good English. The restaurant is good and the pool on the roof, whilst small, would be good fun in Summer. There are sea views from the front rooms, partially blocked by the building in front of the hotel.
The biggest problem is the decor. For a new building (2002) the furnishings are dull and unimaginative. Nobody is ever, ever going to walk into their bedroom and go 'wow'. The standard is only marginally higher than an Ibis or Holiday Inn, and you expect more from a new 4 star property. You certainly don't expect dodgy green carpet, a rock-hard sofa, second-rate bedding and a double bed made from two singles pushed together, especially in a suite.
Room rates are cheap, however - my suite (really a junior suite, and no plusher than a standard room, although much bigger) was Euro 200, and standard rooms are Euro 100 outside Summer. My suite was cheaper than the worst room at the Hotel du Palais.
Breakfast is pricey at Euro 19, although dinner is good value. Save your money in the morning by going to one of the fantastic patisseries on the street leading from the hotel to the centre. (Amazingly, you are automatically billed for breakfast whether or not you order it, although they remove the charge if you tell them you never had any.)
Note that the only English language TV channel available is CNN. The hotel bar is actually part of the lobby and therefore not somewhere you would ever want to spend any time.
The two competitors to this hotel are the Sofitel Miramar (on the beach) and the Mercure Regina, a quirky conversion on the cliff at the opposite end of the bay where I stayed two years ago. I would look at all three websites and compare prices before making your choice.
I treated my partner for his Birthday with a brief weekend at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Biarritz and what better way to spend it with Breakfast in Bed, a coastal stroll, a choice of 'taste-bud tantalizing' restaurants and to finish it off with a few drinks in the comfort of the Hotel bar. The staff were extremely attentive and friendly.... and also spoke English, even though Beer is pretty much a world-recognisable word!
The standard of the Hotel itself could not be faulted and it's location made it easy to see the town's sights in the short time that we had.
With Ryannair now flying to Biarritz the cost of the flight allows you to spend a little more on the Hotel, and the Crowne Plaza is 'the' hotel to stay in Biarritz.
Anyone who has the chance to experience Biarritz must go, especially if you are after a more quiet, sophisticated location.