Hôtel Beaumanoir, Biarritz $$$$
Tel: 33 5 59 24 89 29
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
No place shows off Biarritz's renewed chic better than this eight-room bijou in the midst of a vast park in the center of town. Owner Frédéric Hubert converted the Marquise de Moratalla's old stables into an elegant hotel and also designed its lush Napoleon III–style decor, a mélange of period oil paintings and antiques, accented by rich fabrics and wall colors. The spacious rooms contain antique armoires, oversize beds with Porthault sheets, tufted armchairs, and large stone bathrooms. Breakfast is served table d'hôte–style on Hermès Guadalquivir porcelain downstairs, and the honor bar has a wood-burning fireplace. There's a beautiful dark blue–tile lap pool in the garden, and when settled in one of the wicker chairs strategically placed around the grounds, you get refreshing breezes and views of the distant Atlantic.2007 Hot List
When to go: July (avoid traffic-choked August), but the shoulder seasons of May and SeptemberOctober are also ideal.
Which room to book: Spring for the largest of the four doubles.
Amenities: Bar/lounge, PoolSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›