Where to Stay in Bordeaux → 6 TOP Areas & Hotels for 2024

The author of the post is posing with a bicycle in front of the Bordeaux Place de la Bourse's Miroir d'Eau.

Situated on the Garonne River, Bordeaux is an excellent destination for all travelers, especially for wine lovers – but where to stay in Bordeaux?

During my visit, I explored Bordeaux and found that the best neighborhoods that would be perfect for tourists. 

In short, Bordeaux Historic District is the best one for first timers. You’ll find historic buildings and major sights; plus, the district is an excellent base for exploring the Bordeaux wine region!

Read this post because not only will you learn about 6 areas to stay in the city, but I also went ahead and compared thousands of hotels to give you only the ones I’d personally stay in.

All hotels are hand-picked by me and sorted by price so literally every traveler with any budget could find their perfect place and book it in literally in a couple of minutes!

Let’s go!

If you are in a hurry…

Here are the best hotels in the Bordeaux Historic District:

luxury hotel
a hotel bedroom
mid-range hotel
A room with a chair and a rug.
budget hotel
a hotel bedroom with an armchair

Quality Hotel

Best affordable accommodation in the center


Watch my video, it will give you a visual explanation of all the areas:


Here is a map to better visualize the best areas to stay in Bordeaux:

Map of best places to stay in Bordeaux
Bordeaux Historic District
for first timers
Chartrons
for shopping
Gare Saint-Jean
near the train station
Bordeaux Lac
for families
Bassins à Flot
most trendy

1. Bordeaux Historic District – where to stay for first timers

People sitting on a fountain in the middle of a city square in Bordeaux Historic District

The Bordeaux Historic District (also Vieux Bordeaux) is a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its well-preserved architecture from the 18th century. 

It’s a great area for tourists to explore on foot, with highlights like the Place de la Bourse and its reflecting pool, Miroir d’Eau (it is the world’s largest by the way!). 

The area consists of Saint Pierre and Saint Paul districts. The area has vibrant, lively squares and famous tourist attractions. 

You should visit Bordeaux Cathedral or any of the many museums, such as Musée d’Aquitaine, and finish your day with a shopping spree on Rue Sainte Catherine, Europe’s longest pedestrian shopping street. 

I also highly recommend Place Fernand Lafargue, especially Rue Saint James, where you will find many options for an evening out!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Bordeaux Historic District: hotel rooftop lounge area, bedroom, and bathroom with a tub

You can’t overlook this incredible boutique hotel if you are looking for absolute luxury. With spacious rooms and deluxe baths, I wouldn’t blame you if you never want to leave your room! But I recommend you do because you’ll find all the biggest attractions in the city within walking distance of the hotel.

Other options in Bordeaux Historic Center

mid-range
dining room in a hotel suite

Situated near tourist attractions, this property offers air-conditioned rooms, some with seating areas where guests can relax

budget
a hotel bedroom

Set in a 19th-century mansion, a perfect (budget) option if you want to feel like you’re in a castle

apartment
a living room with a dining area and round stairs for the second floor

Featuring city views and free Wi-Fi, the apartments boast a fully equipped kitchen. The central location is just another advantage

2. Chartrons – top area in Bordeaux for shopping

A narrow street in Bordeaux with a clock tower and a bell in the background.

The Chartrons district is extensive and known to be a unique and chic neighborhood because of its bohemian and artsy vibe. Located right next to the riverfront and around the Rue Notre Dame, lined with antique shops and galleries. 

This area was more industrial and full of warehouses once, but now it is a very popular spot for tourists to stay!

But lucky for us, it was turned into this super upscale neighborhood with a charming and relaxed vibe.

There are many boutiques, and antique shops, the Cap Sciences Museum, and the amazing wine museum, Musée du Vin et du Négoce de Bordeaux. And the famous Cite du Vin is also within walking distance! 

If you happen to stay here on a Sunday, a big market takes place on Quai des Chartrons. This is such a highlight for tourists and locals alike! I highly recommend you go along and buy yourself some delicious local cheese and wine!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Chartrons, Bordeaux: indoor hotel pool, living room in a hotel suite, and bedroom

This luxury guesthouse offers incredible city views and is just a few minutes away from Place de la Bourse, Saint-André Cathedral, and the Museum of Aquitaine! My favorite part is the indoor swimming pool, where you can relax after exploring the city! An amazing place to stay in Bordeaux for couples!

Other accommodation options in Chartrons

mid-range
a living room in a hotel suite

The hotel offers simple yet comfortable rooms with flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms, and the breakfast is incredible – fully organic

budget
a hotel dining room with a buffet style breakfast

Cozy hotel with a central location and super helpful staff. It’s also a top choice if you’re traveling with pets

APARTMENT
an apartment bedroom

I recommend this apartment for more privacy. Perfect for 2 people, it has private parking and a fully equipped kitchen

3. Gare Saint-Jean & Saint Michel – near the train station

People are sitting in a square in front of a cathedral in Gare Saint Jean Saint Michel in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a top destination, but if you’re planning to visit other amazing places to stay in France on this trip, you’ll need to catch a train. 

Gare Saint-Jean is a practical choice because it is near the Bordeaux train station and is much more affordable than the city center.

Quai des Paludate is home to some of Bordeaux’s nightclubs and restaurants. 

Next to Gare Saint-Jean, you will find Saint Michel! This is the perfect spot if you are looking for a local vibe and a place to relax. How contradictory, right?!

The Saint-Michel area is where the Saint Michel Basilica and Saint Michel Spire are! When you see the incredible architecture, you will understand why this city is now a UNESCO World Heritage site! 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Gare Saint-Jean & Saint Michel, Bordeaux: hotel lounge area, hotel bar and hotel bedroom

A short walking distance from Tram C Station, Novotel offers an on-site restaurant that serves several breakfast options, from Continental to American. You can even enjoy it in your room with incredible city and garden views! If you are in the city for business, the hotel has 3 meeting rooms!

Other options in Gare Saint-Jean & Saint Michel

mid-range
view of hotel exterior

Enjoy the city views from this modern hotel and dine in the on-site restaurant specializing in French and Grill cuisine

budget
hotel lounge sofas within barrels

You’ll forget this is a budget hotel thanks to the amenities such as a shared lounge, bar, and terrace

APARTMENT
a hotel bedroom

An airport shuttle is one of the hotel-style bonuses from this aparthotel. And there are the incredible city views

4. Bastide – where to stay in Bordeaux for relaxation

A group of people riding bicycles and standing around a blue lion statue in Bastide, Bordeaux.

You might think all the attractions are on the West side (Rive Gauche) of the Garonne, and you are right! BUT, truth be told, Rive Droite (the right bank of the river), home of Bastide, has its own charm! 

In recent years, it has transformed into a hip area where many tourists and locals love to spend a relaxing weekend.

It is especially nice to stay there between May and October since this is when it becomes a vast green patio, and all summer bars and restaurants on the riverfront are open. Check out the botanical garden and the Parc aux Angéliques while there!

Another great perk of staying in Bastide is that the accommodation options are way cheaper than in the rest of the city since it is more residential. You can easily get to the city center on Tram A (a 15-minute trip altogether).

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Bastide, Bordeaux: hotel lounge area, bedroom, and seating area in a hotel room

Providing beautiful garden views, this hotel offers a bar, a shared lounge, and a garden! It has easy access to the city center but still has a quiet, relaxing location. If you want to explore the area of the river, this property offers a bicycle rental service, I know how I would spend my stay!

Other accommodation options in Bastide

mid-range
a living room with dining area and a kitchen in a hotel suite

An incredible bed & breakfast in a typical Bordeaux house! A mix of contemporary and classic décor, plus free Wi-Fi access

budget
a hotel bedroom

An excellent base to explore Bordeaux on a budget! The rooms are cozy and clean, and the host is helpful

APARTMENT
an apartment living room with a dining area and a bar

A self-catering apartment with 3 bedrooms, a dining room, 2 bathrooms, a functional kitchen, and a private terrace

5. Bordeaux-Lac – best place to stay for families

A view of Bordeaux from the top of a building

Located in the northern part of Bordeaux, this area is known for Parc Des Expositions, where many of Bordeaux’s fairs take place!

As its name suggests, Bordeaux-Lac has a big lake with a beach open to the public during summer! So pack your swimsuit and get ready for a fun day at the beach with your family!

Your kids will love Youpi Parc Bordeaux Lac, an amazing fun park, and if you’re still not tired after that, head over to the Bordeaux Lac shopping center – one of the biggest shopping centers in the region! 

It’s a more contemporary and less crowded alternative to the city center, with convenient access to both the downtown areas (~40 min by public transportation) and the vineyards outside Bordeaux.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Bordeaux-Lac: hotel lounge area, hotel bedroom, and outdoor pool

A 4-star hotel featuring family rooms and free parking for guests who arrive by car. There’s an outdoor seasonal pool, great fun for the kids, and a buffet breakfast is served each morning. There’s also a picnic area and a sun terrace if you want to spend the day outdoors, and you can even order kids’ meals.

Other accommodation options in Bordeaux-Lac

mid-range
hotel exterior

A pet-friendly, non-smoking hotel with air-conditioned family rooms, and some of the rooms even have a kitchenette

budget
hotel bedroom

Rent a cozy room in this homely apartment with a beautiful terrace where you can enjoy the incredible lake views

APARTMENT
an apartment living room and kitchen

A great 1-bedroom apartment with everything you need: bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV, and a balcony with garden views

6. Bassins à Flot – best area in Bordeaux for a trendy vibe

An aerial view of the city of Bordeaux at dusk.

Known for its maritime vibe, Bassins à Flot (which means “Float ponds”) was an area that welcomed all the sailors in the world and the biggest ships, making it a significant industrial hub! 

Bassins à Flot is located North of the city center of Bordeaux and is part of the bigger Bacalan district. It is about 20 min away from the heart of the city depending on where you need to go. 

The one thing you mustn’t miss while you’re here is the La Cité du Vin, a cultural center dedicated to wine and recognizable for its bold architectural design – just buy a ticket in advance! Here, you can also enjoy your glass of wine with a 360-degree view of the city. 

I suggest you also visit the Bassins des Lumières, a former submarine base converted into an art gallery!

The area’s architectural heritage and the maritime past, like cranes, barges, rails, and silos, add a unique twist to what you thought Bordeaux was all about.  

Luxury hotel
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay in Bassins a Flot: hotel bedroom, seating area with a swing, and hotel exterior

The 4-star contemporary hotel includes facilities with 24-hour front desk and room service, an indoor pool, and concierge service. Each room has air conditioning, a private bathroom, and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. A buffet breakfast is served daily, and guests can enjoy amazing city views.

Other accommodation options in Bassins à Flot

mid-range
hotel lounge area

A 4-star hotel with a terrace, bar, spa, and wellness center. There’s also a French restaurant serving delicious dishes

budget
bunk beds in a hostel

At an incredible location, this hostel offers private and shared rooms. There’s also a lobby, a bar, and concierge services! 

APARTMENT
an apartment bedroom

Located super close to La Cite du Vin, this houseboat has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and barbecue facilities

👑 Luxury price:€250
💵 Mid-range:€130
🛏️ Budget:€80
🍷 Best winery hotel:Les Sources des Caudalie
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Hôtel Singulier Bordeaux
💵 Mid-range hotel:Hotel Vatel Bordeaux
👛 Best budget hotel:Quality Hotel

BONUS 1: Best winery hotels in Bordeaux

A hand holding a glass of wine in the garden of a Bordeaux winery.

There are many reasons to visit Bordeaux, but if you want an authentic wine-country experience during your stay in France, then get out of the city. Book accommodation somewhere in the Bordeaux region, close to the wineries and the best wine châteaux! 

Please note that these accommodations are NOT in the center or even within the city of Bordeaux.

These are great if you rent a car during your vacation, as you’ll be around 30 minutes to 1 hour from Bordeaux city!

Here are my top choices:

  • Les Sources des Caudalie – this beautiful 5-star chateau is excellent if you want to be 20 minutes from Bordeaux by car! It has superb rooms and is also one of the top options for enjoying some wine tasting in style!
  • La Closerie de Fronsac – this beautiful 17th-century mansion is located 75 km/45 mi from Bordeaux, and it’s a superb option if you want to be close to the vineyards and enjoy some delicious wine! You can stay here for years and just won’t get bored!
  • Château du Tertre – here’s another superb château located 25 km/15 mi from Bordeaux, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy some wine while exploring this beautiful region! Trust me, the rooms here are quite superb!
A collage of three photos of hotels to stay near Bordeaux: a hotel bedroom, aerial view of hotel exterior, and outdoor pool
  • Château Hôtel Grand Barrail – if you’re looking for a magnificent 5-star 19th-century chateau located 3 km/2 mi from Saint Emilion, this one’s for you! During your stay here, you can sip on wine, relax in the beautiful rooms in the village, and try some yummy dishes!
  • Chateau Cordeillan-Bages – this 4-star mansion is a CASTLE! It is located in some former wine stores, 45 km/30 mi from Bordeaux. The rooms are superb, and the service is impeccable! Just a quick note – this Chateau is closed during winter.
  • Château Pape Clément – this superb 26th-century mansion is surrounded by no less than 60 hectares/150 acres of vineyards and is located only 7 km/4 mi from Bordeaux center! Book your stay here to enjoy beautiful rooms and delicious wine!

BONUS 2: Best accommodation for families in Bordeaux

A group of people playing in the Miroir d'Eau in front of a building in Bordeaux

Are you planning on traveling with your family to Bordeaux? No problem!

Let me share with you some amazing Bordeaux hotels for families with all the needed facilities and amenities you could think of. And, of course, all of them are located in the city center for your convenience!

I’ve chosen one for each budget, check them out below and pick your favorite:

  • Luxury: InterContinental Le Grand Hotel Bordeaux – this accommodation is a top boutique hotel in Bordeaux located right in the historic area of Bordeaux. This 5-star hotel provides luxury facilities, a unique contemporary room design, and great service.
  • Mid-range: B&B La Maison Galiène – this B&B is ideally located in the city center near antique shops, and attractions, so I’m sure you won’t get bored! Other perks include the airport shuttle, free parking, and, they welcome pets!
  • Budget: Gabylou – this apartment offers excellent family rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, and even board games for the little ones. Plus, there is a fishing site nearby!

BONUS 3: Where to stay near Bordeaux Airport

view of an airport hall B from the outside at Bordeaux airport

Maybe you’re not completely convinced about staying in the city center or have to catch an early morning flight. If this is the case, it might be a good idea for you to stay near the airport!

Bordeaux Airport (BOD) is around 20 km (approx 12 miles) from the center, which means around 25 minutes by car with no traffic.

Let me share with you some hotels near Bordeaux airport, located in the Mérignac area. 

  • Luxury: Sheraton Bordeaux Airport – the hotel offers free shuttle transport from the airport and provides room service. The chic rooms are spacious and comfortable, and Wi-Fi is free of charge. 
  • Mid-range: Kyriad Prestige Bordeaux Aeroport – this awesome 4-star hotel is located 4.2 km from the airport, and offers an airport shuttle you can use! Some great facilities are a swimming pool, an on-site bar, a restaurant, and more for very reasonable prices.
  • Budget: Holiday Inn – with an indoor/outdoor pool open year-round, a fitness center, and an on-site restaurant, just 3km from the airport, this 4-star hotel is a great place to stay to prepare or rejuvenate after a long flight before taking on the city.

FAQs about where to stay in Bordeaux

People walking down a street in the city of Bordeaux, France

📍 What is the best area to stay in Bordeaux?

The best area of this lively city is Bordeaux Saint Pierre, i.e., the Historic District. There are plenty of things to do here, and I’m sure you won’t get bored!

🚶 Is Bordeaux a walkable city?

Bordeaux is a very walkable city, and all the main attractions are within the city center, a short distance from each other. However, if you get tired of walking or need to go somewhere further away, the city has an excellent transportation system. 

🍇 What is the best time to visit Bordeaux?

The best time to visit Bordeaux is between May and November if you want to explore the city and the vineyards! But if you are truly a wine lover, then I suggest visiting Bordeaux in September during the grape harvest season!

📅 How many days are enough to visit Bordeaux?

Since Bordeaux has a lot to offer, I would recommend 4 days. 2 to explore the city’s neighborhoods and the other 2 to visit the best winery hotels or go on wine tours.

❌ Where not to stay in Bordeaux?

Even though Bordeaux is a generally safe city, with a low crime rate, it’s best to steer clear of certain areas. Some of the areas to avoid in Bordeaux are Grand Parc, Cours Victor Hugo, and Saint Michel at night, but unless you start a fight, chances are no one will say/do anything to you.

🏛️ What is the city center of Bordeaux called?

The Bordeaux city center is known as the Historic Center/District. However, this part of the city is often called Vieux Bordeaux, which literally translates to ‘Old Bordeaux’!

Conclusion

Yulia, the author of the post on a bike in front of a a building overgrown with vines in Jardin Botanique in Bordeaux, France

I hope that now it will be easier for you to choose where to stay in Bordeaux! There are plenty of amazing areas and hotels worth your attention, but if you still have doubts, here are my top choices.

If you need more travel inspiration for this wonderful city, I recommend my post on things to do in Bordeaux, but let me remind you that the best way to enjoy your trip is by booking in advance, so you don’t plan last-minute. 

If you have any further questions, please leave them below. I am more than happy to answer and help out!

I hope you have a great time in Bordeaux!

Yulia


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