"We're not going to La Rochelle any more... I've booked us a hotel in Bordeaux" said my partner. I didn't get any say in the matter, but I'm very glad of that fact because she's a hotel booking genius. The recently refurbished Bayonne Etche-Ona (the Art Deco building in the pair of hotels) was perfect for us.
Located right in the heart of the city, within singing distance of the Grand Théâtre, almost everything you'll want to see is close by. Step out into the narrow side-street, turn left and the B-line of the tramway is right in front of you. Cross the road, down another side-street and you're on the main shopping street next to Galeries Lafayette. Turn left and walk a little further down the gentle slope and you'll reach the river and the Place de la Bourse.
Despite being so close the Cours de l'Intendance, the room was almost silent. There was no traffic noise. I'm not sure it that's due to the traffic restrictions or the many panes of glass that separated us from the outside world. Only the low hum of the air conditioning was noticed. Our double 'Club Room' had a comfortable bed with immaculate linen, desk, large flat-screen TV, a well-stocked mini-bar and quality coffee maker. The private shower room continued the modern Art Deco style theme from the bedroom, and had a rainfall shower and spray. The sink was very well lit from above and from behind the large mirror. Toiletries and a hair-dryer were provided, although the latter wasn't very powerful. We also had a separate toilet room, although without a sink.
The hotel itself was neat and tidy. The common areas including the reception and dining room are on the small side, but that's just a limitation due to the age and design of the building. There was a small gym in the basement, but my partner and I didn't avail ourselves of this facility. The staff were very friendly, English speaking, and we always got a cheery 'Bonjour' as we came and went. less