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Hotel du Palais
1 Avenue de l'Impératrice
F 64200 Biarritz, France
+33 (0)5 59 41 64 00

Palace by the Sea
A Legacy of Good Taste Lives On

A real palace that pays homage to its history

Set on the edge of the beach, this superb palace was built more than a century ago and continues to play the role of Grand Dame. Boasting gilt, chandeliers and terraces overlooking the sea, it is also equipped with plenty of modern luxuries. The swimming pool—with its solarium, restaurant and private cabanas—is straight out of a Hollywood set.

There are 156 regally decorated rooms and suites, each with lots of space and carefully selected artwork, which enhance the luxurious atmosphere. Features include air-conditioning, direct-dial phones, color TV with 29 channels, radio, mini-bars, and 24-hour laundry and dry-cleaning services.

The private, heated seawater swimming pool offers direct access to the beach. Other amenities include a fitness club, sauna, private golf pitching green, games area and additional swimming pool for children, hair stylist, boutiques and 24-hour concierge service. Still not satisfied? Nearby you will find tennis, squash, more golf, surfing, wind surfing, waterskiing, horseback riding, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, bullfights, casinos, theaters, pubs, nightclubs and sea water therapy.

Suite Edward VII
La Rotonde overlooks the Atlantic

When you're feeling hungry, you can have an informal lunch by the swimming pool at Hippocampe. The hotel's gastronomic restaurant, Villa Eugenie, will serve your dinner needs. A comprehensive evening menu can also be found at La Rotonde, the restaurant facing the ocean, which offers a variety of menus and fixed-price offerings. Diners will delight in choices such as hake cooked with clams and green asparagus. On a smaller menu, one might also partake in hake, but this time cooked à la plancha and served with steamed potatoes. Both dishes pay tribute to regional tradition, with chipirons (squid), Serrano ham or Landes poultry. The restaurant also boasts an extravagant wine menu, and a few wines are served by the glass. La Rotonde is closed in February.

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(Updated 04/29/08 MG)

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