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Lavishly decorated and remarkably elegant, Villa Victor Louis has been a true labour of love for the owner Chris and his family. Housed in a converted 18th-century residence, the renovation could not have been done more beautifully and has restored the stunning baroque building to its former glory. The painstaking care and attention of the owners is discernible in the perfect cornicing, gold leaf details and elegant furnishings.
Set in a quiet residential suite and sporting only eight rooms, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were staying with a rather wealthy French friend – a feeling only added to by the warm welcome from the owner’s daughter Hélène. You can even bring along well-behaved pets, as long as it has been agreed with the hotel in advance (extra charge applies).
It’s worth noting that the hotel is set over three floors and, due to the age of the building, there is no lift so is not suited to those less mobile.
A lovely buffet breakfast is served in a sunny conservatory overlooking the garden. Whilst there is no restaurant or bar on site, there are plenty in the surrounding area, and there is a selection of local wines available to order in the hotel itself.
Charming and intricate, each of the eight rooms is named after a creative visionary hailing from Bordeaux, and with the building’s high ceilings and big shuttered windows you’ll be left feeling like part of the noblesse in no time.
The hotel is located downtown in the heart of Saint Seurin, in the Gambetta area of Bordeaux. Many of the sights along with great restaurants and bars can be visited on foot or bike. Alternatively, the closest tram stop, Gambetta, is just a 10-minute walk away.
If you’re here a little longer, it’s well worth hiring a car and heading out to some of the region’s infamous vineyards, with only a 40-minute drive taking you to St Émilion or the Médoc. The coast and the infamously beautiful Cap Ferret (1 hour 15-minute drive) are also perfect for a day trip. It's worth noting, however, that parking in the city is notoriously tricky so do be aware of this before heading back in.