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As you know, we like a good cocktail over here at HotelChatter so we’re always on the lookout for the best bevvie to order when we’re hoteling on the road.
Located right in the heart of things, Mama Shelter Bordeaux’s bar is one huge space resembling the basement rec room in your parent’s house when you were growing up but with more technology lying about. Wooden tables and chairs, wooden posts with screens attached to some of them to show off your digital pics, and a long wooden bar the size of Baja California, take up most of the space. The boho crowd is young-ish and, like the bartenders, ready to have fun. There’s a DJ on hand every Friday and Saturday night.
We had the Mama Tai for €14 ($18), which included rum, Cointreau, lime juice, sirop d’orgeat, and had a luscious black cherry garnish. Now, you can sip on that cocktail in the newly-opened rooftop bar/restaurant.
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The 83-room contemporary chic Hotel Burdigala is found in Bordeaux’s Mériadeck district. About a block from the tram and across the street from a well-disguised mall, the hotel is apart from the action but close enough to it.
Part of Accor's MGallery collection, this hotel is billed as a five-star, but we would place it more at a solid four-star rating. This is not meant to deter you, though, as the hotel certainly has style and is at a budget-conscious price point.
Have a look at the pics in the gallery!
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Last week we gave you a peek at the hip Seeko’o Hotel in Bordeaux and now it’s Mama Shelter’s turn. If you know other Mama Shelters, then you know that the hipness tap stayed on during the making of this little gem.
Located right in the heart of things at Place Saint Christoly, this 97-room hotel opened in October of 2013. Like all of the Mama Shelters the concept is simple: Give the people what they need and charge ‘em extra for the stuff that they might want. That, plus a Philippe Starck design concept that’s stark (or Starck! yuk-yuk) white minimalism in the rooms and wild and wacky design in the public areas.
(Plenty of pics in the photo gallery!)
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We spent some time in Bordeaux this summer and we have one question: When did Bordeaux get to be so hip? To prove this point, we give you the 45-room Seeko’o Hotel, in the up-and-coming Chartrons district.
Formerly a wine shipping area, this warehouse neighborhood had fallen into a state of decrepitude before the current mayor thought that enough was enough and government and businesses started investing in the buildings. Now you’ll find trendy shops, galleries and restaurants all along the river in these cool reno’ed warehouses.
Across the street from one of the quays is the Seeko’o Hotel – a modern vision in white – angular and austere. “Seeko’o” is the Inuit word for “iceberg” and it’s a fitting name. King Kong Architecture designed the building and clad the outside in white Corian. Standing taller than the buildings surrounding it, it doesn’t feel obtrusive but, rather, takes command of its space.
(Since pictures speak a thousand words, be sure to have a look at the pics in the photo gallery!)
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While in France recently, we took a quick trip from Paris down to Bordeaux, which is literally quick as we’re talking about a train trip on Rail Europe's TGV that takes under 3 hours. The idea was to hang out in the UNESCO World Heritage city, otherwise known as the “Port of the Moon” thanks to its crescent shape along the Garonne River, but of course we had to have a great hotel too.
We decided to camp out at the city’s only five-star hotel, the recently restored Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux—not least of all so we could try the fancy signature lobster dish prepared using a 30,000 Euro silver Christophle lobster press at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Pressoir d’Argent—but in the meantime, we snapped this photo gallery and video of our Junior Suite:
The Regent Hotels chain has a deal going for anyone visiting their three European hotels: the Regent Esplanade Zagreb in Croatia, the Regent Berlin in Germany or the Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux in France (they're adding a fourth hotel in Dubrovnik next year).
It's not a mindblowingly-fantastic deal compared to some of the discounts out there, but it's better than nothing: if you stay two nights including a Saturday, or three nights including a Tuesday or a Wednesday, then you'll get a 20% discount on your room rate. You can book this deal through til the end of August for stays all the way through 2009.
This is clearly a deal targeted at filling gaps in their booking schedules and while we think it's a bit complicated to plan your trip around the nights hotels are typically emptiest, these three hotels are worth trying. In Bordeaux you can get really fresh lobster, the Berlin Regent is well-located and fancy-looking and the Zagreb location earned some great feedback from one of our readers well, apart from the complaint that the hotel toiletries seem a bit male-oriented. Ladies might need to use some of cash left over from the 20% savings to get some prettier-smelling stuff instead.
With some of the priciest wines in the world, famous restaurants and deluxe hotels, a trip to the wine-producing region of Bordeaux can be an expensive proposition. Now at least you can put more of your money towards tasting fine wines by staying at the colorful and cheap Auberge de la Commanderie in the picturesque hamlet of St. Emilion.
L’Auberge de la Commanderie is situated right in the heart of the village on the main road of Rue Guadet, and thankfully has its own private parking lot so you can avoid hunting for a space amidst the hoards of tourists that come to visit the UNESCO World Heritage certified town in summer.
The marginally positive review in "Check-in, Check-out," of the sleek and new Seeko'o Hotel uses most of its word count to list technical, um, difficulties, that were not addressed during the course of the reviewer's stay. Seth Sherwood writes:
My room, No. 101, a “junior suite” was really just a semispacious hotel room (for 180 euros). The “business center,” similarly, was a lone Internet-linked computer in the lobby. Moreover, the room smelled of cigarettes and looked out on a row of decrepit buildings.
We've heard there's been a "culinary renaissance" going on in Bordeaux, Paris' vino-licious sister, as "new Bordelais chefs have been invigorating the culinary scene."
Meanwhile, the Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux, has been busy invigorating the hotel scene as the first amd only five-star hotel to open its doors in Bordeaux.
Inside the hotel, the 48-seat Le Pressoir d'Argent, serving up haute seafood cuisine, and has already established a reputation for an elaborate lobster dish that may be worth the trip:
This intricate menu item involves the restaurant's namesake silver lobster press, one of only five in the world. An elaborate gastronomic production, a choice Breton lobster is first presented live, then brought to the kitchen to be pan-cooked and served atop fresh pasta. The dish is completed in the dining room. The lobster's shell is compressed in the elegant silver press, using the lobster's essence to create a reduction to accompany the dish.
Oh lord! Maybe you'll hit the wine bottle before this whole ordeal so you don't have to think much about seeing him alive before he gets in your belly.