Where to Stay in Bordeaux: Reviewing the InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hôtel

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Wondering where to stay in Bordeaux for the best experience? 

I loved everything about my recent accommodations in this city, so if you’re looking for where to stay in Bordeaux I have the perfect recommendation. For an unbeatable location, fabulous amenities and true comfort book your stay at InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel. 

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As a first-time visitor to Bordeaux, the InterContinental Bordeaux turned out to be the perfect base from which to explore the heart of the city. This 5-star property packs history, beauty, convenience and gourmet experiences together for the ideal experience in the southwest of France. 

Where to Stay in Bordeaux

As you explore the best area to stay in Bordeaux, and the best hotel, you’re likely wondering: 

Lobby of InterContinental Bordeaux

What is the best district to stay in Bordeaux? 

The Triangle d’Or (Golden Triangle) district is one of the best areas to stay in Bordeaux due to its beautiful architecture, historic structures and central location.

What is the most beautiful street in Bordeaux?

Bordeaux showcases many lovely streets, one of the most popular being Rue Sainte Catherine. 

What is the famous square in Bordeaux?

Place de la Bourse is the most iconic square in Bordeaux. It is part of the Port of the Moon – a UNESCO World Heritage site. What makes the plaza even more stunning is seeing it reflected in the reflecting pool, Le Miroir d’Eua (note, it tends to be off during the winter season).

Reviewing the InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hôtel

On my visit to Bordeaux, I enjoyed my stay at the InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel for many reasons: 

Top Location

A street view in Bordeaux, France

As a first-timer to any new city, I prioritize staying as centrally as possible. Especially if you’re visiting Bordeaux for the first time, I strongly recommend you stay at InterContinental Bordeaux for its prime location. 

The hotel is located on the Place de la Comédie in Bordeaux, a square that also houses the Grand Théâtre just across from the hotel.

The popular shopping street, Rue Sainte Catherine, also runs directly off of this main square. Place de la Bourse is less than a 5-minute walk away, and most other key monuments are within a 15-minute walk. 

There are two tram stops, one on either side of the hotel, that make it easy to reach areas further out. I easily made my way to and from the train station to the hotel via tram, as well as to the Cité du Vin (wine museum). 

All paths seem to lead right back to the Place de la Comédie and Le Grand Hôtel, making it easy to wander aimlessly through the lively surrounding streets without ever getting lost. 

I loved being able to step outside of the quiet hotel straight into the bustling energy of the city, just as much as I enjoyed returning to the property’s relaxing ambience after exploring. 

Alluring History 

Exterior view of Intercontinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel

Over the course of a century, the building that is now InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel was first a private mansion and later a hotel. It was built by Victor Louis, the same mind behind the beautiful Grand-Théâtre de Bordeaux across the way. 

For a period of time, the hotel sat closed and abandoned before undergoing its transformation into the 5-star property it is today. 

To go beyond witnessing a historic building and actually stay in one, adds a special element to any Bordeaux visit. 

Splendid Rooms

I was pleasantly surprised to have been upgraded to a premium room with Opera view when I arrived, and to have my room ready for me even though I was checking in a couple hours early. 

Based on photos, I was expecting a beautiful room and was not disappointed. I let out an awe-filled sigh when I entered my room – there was so much to take in.

The design elements all worked together to exude opulence as the tall windows beckoned me over to take in the view outside. 

A premium room with Opera view at InterContinental Bordeaux is a great place if you're considering where to stay in Bordeaux

The rooms at InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel were designed by world-famous French interior designer, Jacques Garcia, and they’re really something to see. 

Beyond the premium room, which was perfect for me, I learned that the property also offers a variety of suites.

The most epic, in my opinion, are the wine bar suites. These allow the perfect setup for in-room wine tastings. What better way to celebrate a special occasion in Bordeaux? 

Suite with wine bar built in at InterContinental Bordeaux

Beyond accommodations, this property is also popular for hosting wedding events and business meetings with dedicated spaces for gathering. 

event space at Le Grand Hotel Bordeaux

Foodie Paradise 

Pressoir Argent Gordon Ramsey restaurant in Bordeaux is a 2-Michelin star restaurant

While there are plenty of great restaurants in the city of Bordeaux, you won’t have to go far for a gourmet feast when you stay at InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel. 

If you make your plans early enough, you might be lucky enough to get a coveted seat at the hotel’s onsite two-Michelin-starred restaurant: Le Pressoir d’Argent Gordon Ramsay. 

The restaurant is called The Silver Press because of its use of a solid silver lobster press (one of only five in the world) each night to extract juices from blue lobsters as part of its signature menu. 

This restaurant seats only 25 people each evening, so book in advance for the experience.

Le Bordeaux restaurant is another great dining option, located on the ground floor of the hotel. I enjoyed a lovely dinner here featuring an inventive, well-plated and delicious spread.

Shrimp and Avocado appetizer at Le Bordeaux Hotel Restaurant
Chocolate sphere dessert at Le Bordeaux restaurant

During the day, enjoy a snack, beverage, or full on afternoon tea at The Orangerie. The afternoon tea here is inspired by a perfume collection by the House of Guerlain – one of France’s top luxury brands. 


In the evening, spend some time in a speakeasy-like environment at Victor Bar. Its discreet entrance is located just outside of The Orangerie.  

Victor Bar at Le Bordeaux Hotel

If you prefer, the hotel also offers room service at all hours. 

Luxe Spa 

Spa Guerlain at Le Bordeaux Intercontinental hotel

Take a break from exploring Bordeaux to indulge in treatments at the Guerlain Spa. Choose from beauty and wellbeing, body or facial treatments as you lean into the French art of living. 

Importantly, bring a swimsuit so you can enjoy the spectacular relaxation pool. Fitted with massage jets and nozzles, this pool by Jacques Garcia is not to be missed. 

Impressive Views 

Rooftop views from InterContinental Bordeaux

The rooftop at InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel has been awarded for having the best view from any hotel rooftop in Bordeaux, multiple times. Enjoy panoramic views over the city, as you take in all of the top monuments. 

No matter the season, you’ll have access to this beautiful rooftop. In the summer, enjoy an open-air rooftop restaurant. In the winter, enjoy a romantic wine bar under the stars known as In the Moon for Wine

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Final Thoughts: Where to Stay in Bordeaux 

As you look into where to stay in Bordeaux for the best experience, consider booking a room at InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel.

With its prime location, elegant design, luxe amenities and gastronomic experiences it’s guaranteed to help you make the most of your time in Bordeaux. 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary stay in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions and awe-inspired musings are entirely my own.