Biarritz is one of the biggest towns in the French Basque country offering quite a few vibrant and charming neighborhoods for its visitors. I wrote this district guide to help people looking for a place to stay in Biarritz. For that, the tourist part of Biarrtiz was divided into three parts: the city center, the north of Biarritz/ and the south of Biarritz. I also added a few recommended hotels for every district mentioned in this article. I included both 3 and 4-star hotels and also one very luxurious option so that everyone can find something for their budget and needs.

Biarritz, of course, has many more neighborhoods than I mention here but since this article is predominantly written for tourists staying in Biarrtiz for just a few days/ weeks, I included only the most central neighborhoods. From any of these districts, it’ll be easy to discover all the amazing things Biarrtiz has to offer.

After you choose your hotel make sure that you read my article about the best things to do in Biarritz and a guide to a weekend in Biarritz.

Where to stay in the center of Biarritz 

While the center of Biarrtiz is by no means a big area, I decided to divide it into three parts as they have very different vibes to them. 

Port Vieux – the most beautiful part of Biarritz 

Popular for its charming atmosphere, nightlife scene, and great beach, Port Vieux is the most visited part of Biarritiz. The main attractions include Plage du Port Vieux, a lovely kids-friendly beach, and Rocher de la Vierge, offering stunning panoramic views of the coast. 

Port Vieux - the most beautiful part of Biarritz
Port Vieux in Biarritz – by Lost in Bordeaux

Around the Sainte-Eugénie Church, the streets are full of cafes and boutique shops, and a few minutes from the church you’ll find Le Port des Pêcheurs, one of the most romantic places in Biarritz. It is a little harbor built by Napoleon III in the 1800s and previously served the city’s fishermen. You can still find the fishermen’s little colorful houses, some serving as restaurants with a beautiful view of the boats docking at the port.

Recommended hotels in the Port Vieux neighborhood

Hôtel de La Plage
Just steps away from Plage du Vieux Port, the hotel offers a natural, peaceful atmosphere, with a prime ocean-facing view. With its comfortable rooms and an excellent continental breakfast, this is a great accommodation when you stay in Biarritz. Click here to book.

Résidence Vacances Bleues Le Grand Large – great for families!
If you’re traveling with kids this is a great option for you. It’s an apartment hotel with spacious rooms and a kitchen in every apartment, so if you rather cook than go out for dinner, this option is perfect. The high building itself is not extremely charming but the rooms are nice and the view is spectacular. It’s also perfectly located within a few minutes walk from all the restaurants and Plage Port Vieux. If it’s a bit cold outside for a beach day, the hotel offers a heated pool. Click here to book.

Hôtel Palmito
Just a stone’s throw away from the beach, the Palmito Hotel is a cozy, well-designed place. Its white and brown tones, palm trees on the walls, and wood and straw details give the vibe of a perfect summer vacation. Click here to book.

Les Halles – the most lively part of the city 

Les Halles is the lively heart of the city, centered around Marché aux Halles, Biarritz’s main market, and one of the best attractions this city has to offer. This bustling market, housed in a charming Art Deco building built in 1885 has since become a gastronomic institution. You can find here the best regional delicacies, fresh produce, artisanal treats, and even amazing coffee. 

Around Les Halles de Biarritz - one of the liveliest parts of Biarritz
Around the market – one of the liveliest parts of Biarritz – by Lost in Bordeaux

When visiting Les Halles you should also check out the Jardin Public, which provides a peaceful green space for relaxation after a day of sightseeing. Lastly, this area is also the main nightlife spot of Biarritz, with lots of bars and clubs to explore. 

Recommended hotels in the market area: 

Ama Hotel 
If you like to stay in the heart of the city, this stylish hotel is a lovely option. It was designed by Basque architect Raymond Larrebat Tudor, and its design reflects a blend of Basque heritage and modern comfort. Located just a few minutes from the beach and the casino, the Ama Hotel is perfect for those looking to be close to everything Biarritz has to offer. Click here to book.

Hôtel & Espace Bien-être La Maison du Lierre
This urban 3-star hotel is Situated only 300 meters from the beach and a short walk from Biarritz’s convention centers, market, and train station. The hotel’s Well-being Space offers access to sauna and spa treatments, which makes it ideal for those seeking a pampering retreat in a central location, whether with family or for a relaxing getaway. Click here to book.

Hotel Villa Koegui
If you usually love to stay in boutique hotels, Villa Koegui Biarritz is a great option. The 4-star hotel is located very close to the beach and the main market of Biarritz. If you book the breakfast option you get to enjoy it in their lovely garden. Just one issue, the shower opens to the bedroom, meaning that it doesn’t have a separate door (I know it’s an issue for some people). But other than that it’s a great cozy hotel with great staff and service. Click here to book.

Grande Plage – the posh and the most touristy part of the city 

Surrounding the main beach, the area is known as the posh and touristy part of Biarritz, featuring the city’s iconic casino, and a bustling shopping area. The Grand Plage is a wide and popular beach and is in proximity to many hotels in Biarritz which makes it very crowded in the summer. For those seeking the city beach ambiance and not particularly inclined towards surfing, this spot is an ideal place to relax during your stay in Biarritz.

The Casino on the Grande Plage of Biarritz
The Casino on the Grande Plage of Biarritz – by Lost in Bordeaux

Grande Plage is a great area for restaurants and amazing local chocolatiers. If you’re seeking a lively and vibrant atmosphere with plenty of amenities and attractions within walking distance, this is a don’t-miss for you!

Recommended hotels: 

Hôtel Le Windsor
This 4-star hotel is located right on the main beach of Biarritz with an amazing view of the ocean. It’s situated in what used to be a private mansion and has a very elegant white design. This hotel is perfect for couples on a romantic vacation 🙂 Click here to book.

Hôtel Le Café de Paris
If you enjoy gourmet luxurious experiences, this 4-star gem is for you. With a restaurant overseen by Michelin-starred chef Cédric Béchade, and a viewpoint from every room on Place Bellevue and the sea, it’s the perfect spot for a memorable stay in Biarritz. Click here to book.

Hôtel du Palais Biarritz – the fanciest hotel in Biarrtiz 
Most of us can’t afford this one, but it is really the best hotel in Biarritz so I have to mention it here 🙂 Hôtel du Palais Biarritz is the epitome of luxury and elegance, perched overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Founded in 1854 as the former imperial residence of Napoleon III, it offers a high-prestige experience. offering exquisite dining options and spoiling wellness packages, it’s a real dream destination for those looking to indulge in a lavish getaway. Click here to book.

Bibi Beaurivage – the surfers’ district of Biarritz 

Nestled above the renowned Côte des Basques Beach, Bibi Beaurivage is a haven for surf enthusiasts and beach lovers alike that exudes a laid-back vibe and vibrant energy. 

As you stroll through the quaint streets lined with charming fisherman cottages, you’ll feel the unique spirit of Bibi Beaurivage. Here, locals, surfers, and holidaymakers gather at the iconic Etxola Bibi café, where rosé flows freely, hearty tapas are savored, and a breathtaking beach view unfolds before your eyes. 

Etxola Bibi- great place for a beer with a view of the Côte des Basques beach in Biarritz
Etxola Bibi- great place for a beer with a view of the Côte des Basques beach

With its proximity to surfing schools, cool surfers’ bars, and the bustling city center, Bibi Beaurivage offers the perfect blend of tranquility and vitality for your stay in the Basque Country.

Recommended hotels in the Bibi Beaurivage district: 

Surf Lodge Chambre d’hôtes
Conveniently located near Cote des Basques Beach, this bed and breakfast accommodation offers quiet street views and a fully equipped kitchen in the rooms. The lodge is within walking distance of Plage Marbella and Plage Milady, making it a convenient choice for beach lovers in Biarritz. Click here to book.

Best Western Kemaris
A lovely 3–star hotel situated in a typical French Basque house. It’s located just a few minutes walk from the surfing beach and about 10 minutes walk from all the shops and restaurants in the city center. The rooms are very bright and the design is quite minimalist (in a good way). Click here to book.

Casaviel – a bit farther away near the Milady beachLocated in one of the oldest farms in Biarritz, close to the beaches and the ocean, the Casaviel guest house has an elegant and authentic style, that maintains the original architecture of the 17th-century building. This gem is hosted by Diane and Lucas, avid surfers, who offer excellent homemade breakfasts, a warm welcome, and personalized recommendations for their guests.  Click here to book.

Saint Charles and the Phare – the more quite posh neighborhood

Saint Charles and the Phare offer a quieter and upscale atmosphere, characterized by beautiful architecture and stunning views from the lighthouse area. Visitors can explore charming boutiques and cafes while enjoying the tranquil surroundings of this picturesque neighborhood.

The beautiful Regina hotel in Biarritz
The beautiful Regina hotel in Biarritz – by Lost in Bordeaux

Recommended hotels:

Regina Experimental Biarritz
Le Regina is a marvelous 5-star hotel situated in a 1907 Belle Epoque building with an amazing Art Deco lobby. Besides the beautiful design, it has great amenities such as a big outdoor pool, a spa, a chef’s restaurant, and more. The hotel is located between the main beach and Biarritz’s famous lighthouse. It’s very close to the main shopping street and about 20 minutes walk from the main market and the old port. Click here to book.

Le Garage Biarritz Hôtel
Once a prestigious garage for vintage cars, and today a 4-star luxurious hotel, Le Garage Biarritz Hôtel embodies the essence of Biarritz’s coastal charm. With its raw and refined style, and panoramic sea views, a colorful vintage spirit infuses every corner. The big terrasse and the outdoor swimming pool offer serene spaces to unwind and to “recharge your batteries”, and its location just steps away from the ocean promises an amazing coastal experience. Click here to book.

Here are all my other Basques country-related articles to help you plan your trips:
Most beautiful villages in the French Basque country
Weekend in Biarritz
All the best things to do and eat in Biarritz
What to do in Espelette
A family trip to the French Basque country

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