The bar at Hotel Burdigala, part of Accor’s MGallery collection, is a posh place without attitude. We saw some pretty beautiful people there but they were dressed down. You wouldn’t feel out of place in your fancy jeans and Banana Republic top, maybe with a scarf tossed just so.
The hotel is not right in the center, so it feels like a retreat of sorts, but it’s a short walk to the tram which takes you all the way down to the main square or the waterfront. The drink to order is the Burdigala for €12 ($16). It has vodka, Mandarine liqueur and apricot juice; it not only tasted good, but it matched the bar’s color scheme to a tee. There’s also a little courtyard off of the bar if you’d like some night air.
Hotel Seeko’o is found in a cool emerging area by the docks and wine hangars of Bordeaux. The hotel's outside is super-sleek in white Corian, while the bar is full of black-painted or red-lacquered tables and chairs, white sofas, and black walls with a 3D-like purple and orange feature wall. This is where you’ll tend to find the design- and architect-types of the city.
We asked the bartender to whip something up for us, and he came to the table with the Sorito, basically a Mojito made with Sauterne wine. You’ll have to ask for it – it’s €9,50 ($12) – and just note that if you’re expecting a lip-puckering lime Mojito, you’ll be taken aback, because the Sorito is sweet.
Stays start at €154 ($207) at Mama Shelter; €185 ($248) at Hotel Burdigala; and €141 ($191) at Seeko'o Hotel.
[Photos: Janice Tober]