In Biarritz, a room on the Atlantic

By Hélène Brunet-Rivaillon

Posted today at 4:00 p.m., updated at 4:11 p.m.

Very well placed, the Villa des Rosiers is located a few hundred meters from the Côte des Basques. The history of this great 19th century bourgeois housee century, posted at the corner of avenues Carnot and Victor-Hugo, is part of that of Biarritz. The famous doctor Adéma, the mayor (1857-1862) who made the city a high place for sea bathing tourism, took up his summer quarters in this property, where he received men of power in search of care, as well. than their families. Napoleon III and Edward VII were among the regulars.

The eighteen-room boutique hotel, which opened between these walls some fifteen years ago, therefore bears the name of the former King of England. White facade and navy blue shutters, the building does not play the card of modernity at all costs, and that’s good. Inside, on the other hand, the intention is less clear, between the furniture found in antique dealers in the area, which insists on the authentic character of the place, and hints of contemporary decoration, as evidenced by the mix of exotic wallpapers. and designer lamps. Opposite the reception desk, the original wooden staircase leads to the upper floors, where the majority of the bedrooms are located (others are on the garden level).

Room 112.

In the spacious room 112, the comfortable bedding (white sheets with the ideal weight, plump pillows) is backed up against a wall lined with plant motifs that take you far beyond the lands of Biarritz. From the small balcony overlooking Avenue Carnot, we spy on walkers returning from the beach or heading towards the covered market. A small sofa and rattan armchairs invite you to read, cool. On the ground floor, breakfast will be served under a sunny glass roof, if the weather is good. The buffet, on the other hand, favors regional products, including Basque cake, of course (and fortunately).

From 160 to 190 euros in high season (for room 112). 21, avenue Carnot, Biarritz (Pyrénées-Atlantiques). Phone. : 05-59-22-39-80.

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The Central Store.

The Central Store also has the air of a vacation home. Plates stacked on a farm table, decorative objects presented on a sideboard, wooden toys alongside pieces of leather goods on the shelves of a dresser… The ceramic tableware made in Portugal is easily recognizable, with its red border, its “swimmer” motif and its “Atlantic Coast” label. We seek the fish dish or the tapas platter.

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