An outpost of the hip and happening Mama Shelter brand (19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Tel. +33-(0)5-57-30-4545. www.mamashelter. com/fr/bordeaux), designed by Phillipe Starck, supplies Bordeaux a cool factor hotel. The spare but luxuriously appointed rooms are decorated in soothing, neutral colors, and have all white bed linens. A much-appreciated amenity is a little, cotton tote filled with the hotel’s own line of organic skin and bath products. The lively Mama Bar gives the city a much-needed shot in the arm of nighttime excitement with custom cocktails, and Michelin star chef Guy Savoy has executed a casual menu with sharing plates and familiar Mediterranean and French dishes.
If you are seeking understated luxury, Le Palais Gallien (144 Rue Abbé de l’Épée, 33000 Tel: +33(0)5-57-08-0127, www.hotel-palais-gallien-bordeaux.com) is where you want to stay. Once a private mansion, the building was constructed in 1895 for a well-to-do family. Rooms are designed in a clean, contemporary style and certain rooms have an outdoor heated terrace, free-standing bathtub, and walk-in shower with an aromatherapy setting. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool, a rarity in Bordeaux, along with a deck with padded, chaise lounges. Chef Younesse Bouakkaoui and Head Sommelier Mike Germon work in tandem at Le Table de Montaigne, bringing the best Bordeaux cuisine and wine together in a chic dining room and bar.