- Style Daring design kaleidoscope
- Setting Coastal Basque hillside
Like many of the houses in this Pays Basque town, Arguibel hotel has a timbered façade more reminiscent of the Swiss Alps than its seaside French setting would suggest. But step inside and the alpine ditty becomes a veritable design rhapsody. Elegant claw-footed tubs, patterned mosaics and brightly coloured Louis-XV chairs will make your heart skip a beat.
Need to know
- Rooms Five, including two suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $166.54 (€122), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (€16).
- Facilities Garden, free WiFi throughout, book, CD and DVD libraries; flatscreen TV, DVD player and CD player in the lounge; iPods in the lounge and bar. In room: Anne Sémonin goodies, minibar, free bottled water (TV by request).
- Check–out 12pm (or later when possible). Earliest check-in, 11am.
Children All ages welcome; cots are free, extra beds cost €25.
- Also The hotel has free parking or can arrange a taxi from Biarritz train station.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Suite Paul-Jean Toulet is a turquoise tour-de-force, with sleek high-design details in bedroom, sitting room and bathroom. Two sets of French doors open onto a balcony with a dining table for four. Of the rooms, No 30 Charlie Chaplin is the biggest, but No 63 Betry Daguerre wins our hearts with its angel-white decor, driftwood bedstead and pebble-shaped pouffe.
- Packing tips Quiksilver board shorts for him, Roxy play dresses for her, and Havaianas for everyone – you’re in surf country now…
- Also The hotel can book you a yoga lesson or in-room massage.
Food and drink at Arguibel
- Hotel restaurant No restaurant. Breakfast – taken in the turquoise salon or on the deck – is a French farmers’ market in microcosm: fresh fruit, little pots of yoghurt, just-baked brioche, bread and pastries, and wonderful coffee.
- Dress code Look as though your surfboard’s just out back by donning Hawaiian-inspired prints.
- Top table On sunny days, the deck, with its views over the sloping lawn beyond, is hard to beat.
- Room service There isn’t any, but you can ask the hotel about takeaway options, which vary according to season.
- Hotel bar Cone chairs and low Verner Panton tables furnish the old-meets-new bar, which has a 1930s-style polished wooden counter and serves fruit juices, wine and champagne, 9am–1pm and 5pm–10pm. At other times, a help-yourself honesty bar operates.