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Last updated: 31 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Just opposite the landmark Grand Theatre in the heart of the Golden Triangle, Bordeaux’s 230-year-old Grand Hotel is once again the shining star of its luxury hotel scene.

Originally designed by the great Parisian architect Victor Louis as a vast, private mansion, this neo-classical masterpiece sits proudly in a prime location on Place de la Comédie, Bordeaux’s central square.

Behind the impressive facade, the interiors are equally grand thanks to a thorough renovation by top interior designer Jacques Garcia’ vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, marble surfaces and opulent baroque flourishes. Filled with the spirit of Bordeaux’s renaissance, it oozes colour, elegance and class.

The elegant Michelin-starred Pressoir d’Argent restaurant, named after its silver lobster press, is one highlight; the magnificent Spa Guerlain and roof-terrace Jacuzzi is another.

Wine lovers will adore the dedicated wine concierge for arranging visits to and tastings at Bordeaux’s most prestigious chateaux.

The location is ideal for sightseeing – and you’re in the heartland of Bordeaux’s beautiful architecture here. The surrounding Golden Triangle is a lively, bustling area, busy night and day with cafés, restaurants and high-end shops filled with locals and visitors.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Wine City

Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France[2.9 miles]

A museum dedicated to the history of wine and its relationship with Bordeaux, housed in a spectacular modern architectural jewel.

Best for ages: 18+ | £18

Bordeaux Wine Region

Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France[15.2 miles]

France’s premier wine-growing region is home to over 8,500 wineries (or chateaux) producing some 800 million bottles a year, 89 percent of which are red wines, including the legendary Grands Crus or ‘First Growths’ of the Medoc.

Best for ages: 18+ | £40

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Red wine being poured into a glass

Le Bar a Vin

Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France[0.1 miles]

Exceptional wine bar in an 18th-century prow-shaped townhouse run by the Bordeaux Wine Council, with 30 wines by the glass served by knowledgeable young wine students, along with cheeses, cold meats and chocolates.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Inside the gallery, where there are racks of wine bottles

Max Bordeaux Wine Gallery

Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France[0.1 miles]

Bordeaux’s world-famous Grands Crus are expensive, so you want to be sure you’re buying a wine you really like. At this high-tech wine gallery, you can sample a sip from 48 of the finest bottles – each of which has been allowed to breathe to perfection.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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A 43m high white column monument in an empty square, with grandiose fountain at its base

Monument aux Girondins

Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France[0.3 miles]

Erected between 1894 and 1902, this wonderfully elaborate 54-meter-tall statue is dedicated to the memory of French Revolutionaries. It’s located in the enormous Place des Quinonces, the largest city square in Europe.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Exterior of a beautiful building

National Customs Museum

Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France[0.4 miles]

This museum is the only one of its kind in France: exhibits cover the history of customs and taxes, including smugglers and counterfeiters. The bizarre mix of fascinating curiosities – including maps, musical instruments and opium pipes – date back to the 18th century.

Best for ages: 13+ | £3

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Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

A vintage wine and culture destination with delicious tastings, grand architecture, gourmet restaurants and a glorious coastline. 

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