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“Cosy hotel in residential area”
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Maison Garnier
Ranked #37 of 64 Hotels in Biarritz
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 September 2014

Maison Garnier is a somewhat different option to stay in Biarritz, especially in the summer. It's a small, B&B like hotel in an old charming corner building, with a handful of rooms on three floors. It is run by Patrick and Joanne, a couple with very differing personalities who in their own way make you feel welcome at the Maison. The regime is at times a bit strict, so we would not recommend the place for families with kids. But for those seeking a peaceful stay in a pleasant residential neighborhood, this hotel could be an excellent option.

Our room was nicely furnished, with a large closet area (with safe) near the door, a queen bed, a table with chair, a lounge chair, and a TV. The bathroom was pretty modern, with a spacious walk-in shower and, as an unusual bonus, a balcony! Everything felt right and to-the-point; we felt very comfortable in the room.

The hotel is on Rue Gambetta, a one-lane but busy street leading from the city center to the South of town. So there is traffic from morning to late evening, and sleeping with open windows is not an option. Once you close the windows and shutters though, the outside world cannot be heard anymore. Rue Gambetta and its side streets are full of shops, restaurants and bars, but with a more neighborly feel than closer to the more touristy places downtown. The fish and vegetable market around the corner is a delight, and on Wednesday evenings an outdoor farmers market brings additional vendors and hordes of people. Three beaches are nearby: the Plage du Port Vieux (a calm cove, but small and packed); the Grande Plage in front of the Casino (which felt less tight but was also packed); and the Plage de la Cote Basque (which is mainly for surfers). All are a pleasant 10-minute walk away, in different directions.

Breakfast was quite pricey, at close to €13 per person, and is served in a cosy sun-lit dining room on the first floor. We could substitute eggs for cereal, which convinced us to have breakfast there almost every morning. But the market around the corner and several cafes nearby could be alternatives to consider.

Parking in Biarritz during the summer is a challenge and quite costly. By chance we ended up in an area south of the Ave. de Londres where parking was free; this is not advetised anywhere, as if locals want to keep it a secret. It was just a five-minute walk to the hotel, so very convenient. There are just not too many options to park in Biarritz (free or paid), so it is best to walk and take public transport whenever possible.

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2014

This summer I returned to the Maison Garnier after ten years or so and found it still tremendously charming and well-run. A very high-end inn/ B & B set-up owned and staffed by a charming couple, she outgoing, he reserved. It is located in the heart of the old town of Biarritz a stone's throw away from the iconic sights and the beaches, only a block from the famous fish market and cheek by jowl with all the best shops. This is by far the best option in Biarritz, and also the friendliest, unless you want to splurge on the Hotel du Palais on the beach for five times the price and a sneer. Value for money is excellent, including for breakfast which comes at two price options,. One caution: this inn, like most others in Biarritz, does not offer parking, which is a night-mare in July and August. Were I to return, I'd make sure to do so in June or October. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

I had a wonderful stay in room 5 (at the top of the house - large and quiet and light) for four days. It's very centrally located - close to the markets, and a short walk from all the beaches. The building is welcoming and very clean and nicely done.

Patrick and Joanne were very welcoming, and often checked through my stay if there was anything that I needed. Nice breakfasts, and fruit available in the day.

Biarritz can be noisy on nights in season - I didn't mind, but for those who might there's the option of closing the windows and turning the air conditioner on.

Highly recommended, and I hope to return.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We were only able to stay one night but we loved Maison Garnier and the owners/hosts, Joanne and Patrick were amazing.
Location is perfect, close to the water, shops, cafés and bars.
Our room was number 5 and right at the top but was quiet and comfy with plenty of room.
Breakfast was great, Joanne packed us some food as we had a long drive to our next destination which came in handy!
If we are ever lucky enough to visit Biarritz again, we would absolutely stay here again!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

We spent one night in this little hotel run by a very kind couple. The building is charming and our room was very nicely decorated. Clean, great position and good breakfast, i would strongly reccomend this place.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Maison Garnier

Address: 29, Rue Gambetta, 64200 Biarritz, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Pyrenees-Atlantiques > Basque Country > Biarritz
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#16 Romantic Hotel in Biarritz
Price Range: ₹ 6,781 - ₹ 8,775 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hotel Maison Garnier Biarritz Authentic charming hotel of 7 bedrooms in the heart of Biarritz, with its matchless charm, Maison Garnier kept its sober and elegant character in a villa from 1876. She invites you to enjoy its bedrooms spacious and bright with relaxing day strolling through the city or its area.On entering we discovered on the left the salon, and right a charming dining room where we serve breakfast, with large windows overlooking a flowered balcony. ... more   less 
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