One of France's most attractive cities, Bordeaux has accommodation for every pocket. The Tourist Office offers an online booking service, or try one of my top picks on where to stay from hotels to apartments.
Also consult TripAdvisor which will give a full range of hotels, both large and small, expensive and cheap, in and around Bordeaux.
One of the best addresses in town, the Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux is perfectly located in the historic quarter right in Place de la Comedie. The hotel stands opposite the Grand Théâtre in the 'golden triangle' formed by the allées de Tourny, cours Georges Clemenceau and cours de l'Intendance. A stately facade hides a glamorous interior. Bedrooms are decorated in rich 19th-century style but have every modern convenience from the latest high speed internet access to power showers in the marble bathrooms. The Gordon Ramsay Restaurant has become one of the most popular restaurants in a city which is known for top dining.
Light floods in through the windows of this designer hotel on the quayside. It looks like a ship from the outside and if you book the loft, you'll feel like the captain. The colors in the spacious bedrooms are bold - whites, blacks and reds; furniture is contemporary. The fashionable, young people of Bordeaux meet in the trendy bar.
This 3-star hotel is popular with visitors for good reason. It's in a gracious 18th-century building in Vieux Bordeaux; antiques fill the public rooms and bedrooms are very comfortable. The staff go the extra mile to make guests feel happy, and it's near some great shopping.
For a different experience, book at the 18th-century La Maison Bord'Eaux which is more country house than city hotel. It has seven contemporary designed rooms, (three in a separate stable block), a peaceful courtyard, an Italian garden, and a reputation for great Bordeaux wine. The owners come from a wine-producing family and will help with advice on some of the vineyards not usually open to the public and with wine tours.
The 3-star, 34-roomed Hôtel des Quatre-Soeurs is delightfully set in an 18th-century house where the composer Wagner stayed in 1850. Simple, classic, comfortable and with a popular café.
La Tour Intendance is tucked away in a side street but just a couple of steps from Place Gambetta. This chic, 34-bedroom hotel manages to mix the wacky with the classic in its decor, making it refreshingly different.
Hôtel Continental by Happy Culture
Not grand though it's in an 18th century building in Vieux Lyon, the Continental is welcoming, good value for money and well located in the heart of the shopping district. The duplex suite on the top floor comes with a large terrace -- perfect for a glass of Champagne and a view of the sun setting over the historic city.
Right in the historic centre, Une chambre en ville offers two suites and three rooms. More expensive than the average b&b, each bedroom is individually decorated, bathrooms are immaculate and it's near the Musée Arts-Deco and Musée des Beaux Arts.
Slightly different from the norm and located down by the river, Ecolodge has 5 rooms, carefully revamped using ecologically sound materials like oiled wood rafters and sheep's wool for insulation. Solar panels and low energy light bulbs, no televisions in the rooms (one in the living room), a decor that mixes old and new, and summer breakfasts on the patio.
Families who prefer a bit more independence might try the apartments at Galery Tatry. Located in a former wine warehouse, Galery Tatry is a little out of the centre near the Palais des Congres. Apartments have one or two bedrooms, a living room, fully equipped kitchenette and separate bathroom.
This 2-star simple hotel is on lively Rue Huguerie, just off Place de Tourny and a few steps from smart, historic Bordeaux. It's a no frills, friendly hotel, in pristine order with small but well-kept rooms.
You might prefer self-catering for a longer stay; renting by the week is good value. Go to Holiday Rentals for an apartment on the historic Quai des Chartrons with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and a great view from the attic windows.