InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel is one of the most iconic and luxurious hotels in the city of Bordeaux in France. The hotel enjoys a stunning location in the heart of the city centre, steps away from Bordeaux’s most famous sights. Gastronomy forms a big part of the hotel’s identity and besides the rich history and beautiful architecture, The Spa Guerlain is a showstopper here as well.
Location & Hotel
InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel is located right on the famous Place de la Comédie in the heart of the city’s center. It was built by Victor Louis as a stately home in 1789 and became a hotel back in 1904. It became a classified, historical monument thanks to its Neo-Classical facade, complete with stylish Corinthian collonades. Just in front of the hotel lies the equally famous Bordeaux’ Opera House, which was built ten years earlier by the same architect.
The hotel was closed between 1990 and 2007, and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts group took over the hotel in 2015. Since then, it became one of the best luxury hotels in Bordeaux, combining authenticity and modernity as well as gastronomy and wellness.
The hotel’s interior is one of its main attractions. Designed by Jacques Garcia, who was also famous for design-icons such as Hôtel Costes, La Mamounia and La Réserve Paris, the property offers a unique mix of authentic French influences and delicately placed modern touches. It’s a true nostalgic French décor which, combined with the UNESCO World Heritage architecture, takes you back to the great French empire of the 18th and 19th century. Think bronze furniture, Napoleon III armchairs, lush silk drapes, thick carpets and subdued lighting: an elegant, Baroque opulence and surprising Neoclassicism.
Rooms & Suites
InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel boasts 130 rooms, including 44 suites. 21 of the rooms offer spectacular views of the opera and the Place de la Comédie. All of them feature the same Baroque/Neoclassicism design which characterises the hotel, with lots of lush fabrics and marble bathrooms. The following room types are available:
- Superior Rooms, which measure approximately 25sqm in size
- Deluxe Rooms boast around 35sqm and enjoy the added benefit of a daily newspaper delivery.
- Executive Opera View Rooms have the same amount of space but offer a magnificent view over the Place de la Comédie and the opera.
- Junior Suites measure a generous 45 sqm, including a separate living room which opens unto the bedroom.
- Opera View Junior Suites also measure 45 sqm and overlook the opera and the Place de la Comédie. We stayed in one of these beautiful suites and particularly enjoyed the views on the daily life of Bordeaux, and the warmth and cosiness of the suite.
- Executive Junior Suites are slightly larger and measure 50sqm. They boast a separate bed- and bathroom and a living room.
- Prestige Suites measure no less than 65 square meters and have a stunning private wine bar.
- The 70 m2 Prestige Opera View Suites offer great views over the Cours de l’Intendance, the Garonne River and the opera.
- The Royal Suite is the most spectacular suite in the city, overlooking the Opera and the Place de la Comédie as well as the Cour de l’Intendance and the Garonne River. This suite measures 100sqm and has an outdoor terrace with a private hot tub overlooking the Grand-Théâtre.
Gastronomy steals the show at InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel, but there are plenty of other attractions on offer.
- The Spa Guerlain is located at the top floor of the InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel and encompasses 1,000 square meters of relaxation and well-being. There are 8 treatment rooms where experienced therapists offer a wide array of beauty and wellness treatments, a sauna, steam room, a relaxation pool and a solarium.
- For meetings and events, the hotels features 13 meeting rooms & lounges that provide privacy and all necessary meeting equipment.
- City and region visits: Bordeaux is a wonderful city and there many attractions nearby, such as some of the world’s best wineries and a stunning coastline. For advise and organised visits, head to the concierge and organise your perfect getaway.
From Michelin star dining to rooftop wine tastings: there’s something for everyone’s taste. Gastronomy definitely is one of the main attractions at InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel, and its restaurants attract international visitors as well as locals.
- Le Pressoir d’Argent Gordon Ramsay is the hotel’s flagship culinary restaurant, overseen by famous chef Gordon Ramsay. Here, guests enjoy opulent and elegant dishes from a menu which pays tribute to the Aquitaine region. The star dish is the lobster prepared with “Le Pressoir d’Argent”, a very rare solid silver lobster press.
- Restaurant Le Bordeaux offers seasonal and local dishes from the Aquitaine region. The day here starts with a classical French breakfast. For lunch and dinner, guest enjoy a local cuisine that offers the best of the land and the sea, with dishes like “pâté en croute”, “foie de veau”, or fresh oysters from Cap Ferret. In summer, the outdoor terrace, facing the Grand-Théâtre, is a true hotspot.
- The Rooftop bar has a changing concept depending on the seasons and offers a relaxed elegance in a sophisticated setting. Add the stunning 360° panoramic view and you know this bar/restaurant is hotspot for a reason.
- L’Orangerie is a bar/restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel, flooded with light and bursting with atmosphere. The interior is welcoming and inspired by English design. Here, guests can indulge in refined snacks, delicious pastries, and a wonderful tea and wine selection.
InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel definitely is one of the best options for a stay in the world’s leading wine capital, Bordeaux. The classical, warm design oozes grandeur but it’s the gastronomy offer which will make you return to the hotel over and over. The perfect day in Bordeaux? Wake up in style in one of the suites of InterContinental Bordeaux, visit a winery, relax at The Spa Guerlain, and finish the day with a sumptuous dinner at 2* Le Pressoir d’Argent Gordon Ramsay.