Biarritz - Where to Stay for first time travelers

Where to Stay in Biarritz for a first time visit? An insider’s guide 2024

Do you know which place is known as the queen of the beaches? Meet Biarritz, the favourite resort town of many wealthy French people. Although it used to be just an ordinary village, today it has been transformed into a cosmopolitan hotspot with some of France’s best hotels. 

Suppose you’ve ever heard of the most expensive vacation destination in France. In that case, this is exactly it, but don’t worry; my where to stay in Biarritz guide will also offer you budget recommendations. Otherwise, this famous beach resort town is located on the border with Spain, only 18 km from Spain. It is part of the French Basque region, known for its modern architecture, delectable cuisine, and, of course, the sunny, fine-sanded beaches.

Question: Where to stay in Biarritz for a first-time visit?

Speaking of neighbourhoods and accommodations, this guide covers all the best places to visit and stay in Biarritz. As for the best time to come here, I’d recommend planning your trip from May to June or September to October; the rest of the summer can be too crowded.

Let’s explore the small surrounding villages and the best hotels in Biarritz together. This city is even better known as California in France- find out why below!

We know that different types of people require different advice on travel accommodations. This guide includes the best areas for

  • the first time visitor
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Luxury & Design
  • Solo-Traveler
  • on a budget

Are you more of a visual learner/travel planner?

Lucky for you, we’ve included a map with all of our favorite neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for all of your travel needs.

Check it out below to get a better idea of where you should stay for your first or next visit to the Biarritz.

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(This guide is always up to date, the last updated April 2024.)

But, first things first:

Here is the question: Where to stay in Biarritz for a first-time visit?

The answer is simple: City Center (around Place Clemenceau)

In order not to rush and be able to adapt as the locals take things slow, settle in the city centre. The good news is that this part is quite close to the airport, i.e. a 5 km drive and the transportation costs only 2 euros. Besides having all the attractions in the palm of your hand, the centre is a good starting point for a half-day trip to Gethary or St. Jean de Luz or a day trip to San Sebastian.

Which attractions do I recommend?

Some of these areas include:

  • Place Clemenceau:
  • Casino Barrière de Biarritz
  • Biarritz City Hall (Hôtel de Ville)
  • Galerie d’Art La Côte Basque

Why do we recommend these areas?

Place Clemenceau is the most prominent shopping spot where you will find Basque clothes to echolocate. Casino Barriere de Biarritz, built in Art Deco style, was opened in Biarritz in 1901. This casino is still open and is one of Biarritz’s most popular attractions. Hotel de Ville, or Biarritz City Hall, is located in the heart of the city and is one of the citizen spots to visit. And finally Galleria d’Arte LA Cote Basque. This gallery is more than an everyday place for exhibitions or museums; it hosts major events and music concerts.

So, where to stay in Biarritz depending on the type of traveller you are?

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

📍Best Area:City Center (around Place Clemenceau)
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Little Bibi Terrace
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Couples:Hôtel de La Plage
💎 Best Luxury HotelHôtel du Palais Biarritz
🤩 Best Design Hotel:Hôtel Le Café de Paris
😎 Best for Groups:Hôtel Cosmopolitain
🦸 Best for Solo-Traveller:Studio Bellevue Clemenceau by Interhome
💃 Best Hotel for Nightlife:Hôtel PALMITO
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:Maison Maite
👌 Safest Area: Grande Plage

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Biarritz 

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

Did you know that Biarritz is the birthplace of surfing? That’s why it’s better known as the French California. The entire Cote des Basque region is ideal for beginners to relax and indulge in the magic of surfing. Apart from this, in Biarritz, I assure you that you will try a lot of tasty food and specialities. And if you are a sweets lover, don’t miss the delightful taste of Basque Cake, which comes in 2 flavours, cream and black cherry. Your kids will love them.

And now, let’s check the best places to stay in Biarritz;

Côte des Basques

This is the most spectacular viewpoint over the bay; you can see it from the many villas designed for families. There is a lifeguard on the beaches every day from May to October, so you can enjoy sunbathing while your children swim or surf. Some previous visitors describe this place as a Malibu layback surf vibe spot.


This quarter is located north of the centre, recognisable for its golden sand, exciting beach volleyball, and children’s playgrounds. The whole part is easily accessible by car, and you can also use wheelbarrows or simply walk. Everything is within your reach. One of the famous attractions in Biarritz, Biarritz Lighthouse, is within walking distance.

Handpicked accommodations for families

Little Bibi Terrace – Côte des basques and private garage, Cote des Basques

Searching for where to stay in Biarritz, this spacious, Little Bibi Terrace is a great choice! It’s close to the beach and several family-friendly restaurants. It has 2 bedrooms with an additional sofa in the living room and 2 bathrooms. It can host 5 guests.

There is free parking and a large yard for children’s games. The reception is available 24 hours a day. Plade Marbella is just 1.1 km away.

Book Little Bibi terrace here

Relax and unwind at Little Bibi terrace

Have a great time at Little Bibi terrace

Résidence Prestige Odalys Les Villas Milady, Milady

Résidence Prestige Odalys Les Villas Milady is a villa-size accommodation with an outdoor pool and terrace, where you also have free parking. Just 70 m from the Cite de l’Ocean or 4 km from the airport, this villa offers you a proper family holiday the French way. You have family rooms, and as your choice, I am refurbishing the two-bedroom villa for 6 guests or the superior villa for 12 guests.

Book Résidence Prestige Odalys Les Villas Milady here

Private room at Résidence Prestige Odalys Les Villas Milady

Have a pleasant stay at Résidence Prestige Odalys Les Villas Milady

 1.2 Couples

If I have to single out one place in Biarritz that is the most romantic, then it is la Plage Ilbarritz and the beautiful sunset. And I must not forget to mention le Phare de Biarritz, a renovated lighthouse that offers a 360-degree view of all of Biarritz.

Grand Plage

Without any doubt, I recommend Grand Plage as the best place you can choose to stay in Biarritz because it’s spacious and iconic. Enjoy your morning coffee and French croissant to the maximum on your balcony or at one of the cafes overlooking the waves. In addition to an excellent beach, here are the best honeymoon hotels in Biarritz.

Port Vieux

Although a smaller place, it will win you over with its intimate vibe and romantic thread. You can simply lay in the shadow of the Neo-Medieval Villa Beleza and then go up and enjoy the view from the viewpoint. Although it used to be open to the public, this villa has become a luxury hotel, the ideal source for your romantic getaway in Biarritz. If you want a good drink and quality service nearby, I recommend the renowned Eden Rock Cafe.

Handpicked accommodations for couples

Studio Front de mer Biarritz – Spa & Thalasso, Grand Plage

Searching for “Biarritz where to stay?” Studio Front de mer Biarritz offers a comfortable apartment with a sea view and an outdoor pool. These are actually one-bedroom apartments with one bath, and the complex also has a spa and fitness centre. It is only 90 meters from Plage Miramar.

Book Studio front de mer Biarritz here

Make yourself at home at Studio front de mer Biarritz - Spa & Thalasso

Enjoy your time at Studio front de mer Biarritz - Spa & Thalasso

Hôtel de La Plage, Port Vieux

This is a family-run hotel near the beach, famous for its friendly staff. Hôtel de La Plage faces the ocean and is located 50 meters from Plage de Vieux Port. It offers a buffet breakfast, and you can find even more in restaurants only 150 meters away. The city centre is a 5-minute drive away.

Book Hôtel de La Plage here

Experience comfort at Hôtel de La Plage

Have a wonderful stay at Hôtel de La Plage

1.3 Luxury traveler

Still haven’t decided on where to stay in Biarritz? As I already mentioned, this has always been one of the favourite destinations of the French rich. Believe it or not, Biarritz was the favourite place of Napoleon III and his day Empress Eugenie II. It used to be a place for royalty to escape, and now it is a world-famous surfing spot with preserved opulence. There are too many golf courses and a fantastic food scene.

La Grande Plage

La Grange Plage perfectly combines luxury with a laid-back atmosphere. You have a spacious beach to hang out at, and a private beach and plenty of other lavish features are sure to await you at your luxury hotel.

Le Phare

The most famous attraction of Biarritz is Biarritz Lighthouse, a neoclassical structure and historical city symbol. Built in 1834, it still stands here but is now fully automated making it a top tourist attraction. It is one of France’s tallest Lighthouses and a prominent feature of the Biarritz skyline. The area around the lighthouse offers interesting hotels known for their luxury and many fine-dining restaurants.

Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler

Hôtel du Palais Biarritz, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, La Grand Plage

Hôtel du Palais Biarritz is one of the best places to stay in Biarritz and for more than one good reason. There is a beautiful garden, and the rooms have a great city view. Moreover, there are 4 outdoor pools and one indoor pool.

All 5 stars are justified because 4 restaurants and a spa and fitness centre have been added. I recommend trying their deep tissue massages and enjoying the hot tub. And for your children, there is a large children’s playground.

Book Hôtel du Palais Biarritz here

Enjoy your stay at Hôtel du Palais Biarritz, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Have fun at Hôtel du Palais Biarritz, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Regina Experimental Biarritz, Le Phare

Regina Experimental Biarritz is a luxury hotel with a unique corridor in the atrium with brand-new decor. I was surprised by the interior design and Neo-Basque architecture. All rooms shine in a shade of Basque red.

Book Regina Experimental Biarritz here

Relax and unwind at Regina Experimental Biarritz

Have a great time at Regina Experimental Biarritz

1.4 Design-lovers

If design is your forte when searching for where to stay in Basque, the houses from the beginning of the 19th century and their unique architecture will first catch your eye. And if you want to buy a piece of branded clothing or a unique Basque fabric, head to Rue Gambetta, the most well-stocked shopping street.

I also have a hidden gem for you that just blew my mind. Bookstore Biarritz, just a few steps from Grande Plage, is located on 2 floors and is my personal favourite design Biarritz attraction.

City Center (around Place Clemenceau)

Although Biarritz is known as a city with more days of rainfall than London, paradoxically, it also has more sunlight per month. And where is the best place to feel the sun, if not through the central streets that lead to the most beautiful beaches?

Besides, you will come across murals and charming designer shops; somewhere around the corner, look for Le Ble noir Creperie and enjoy the most beautiful crepes.

Le Phare

For your stay in Biarritz, I also recommend you consider the symbol of neoclassicism, which can serve as your inspiration for the most beautiful paintings or great photography. Here, you can enjoy the perfect ocean and city combination.

The quarter is 15 minutes from the centre and will win you over with its calm pace and compact guesthouses.

Handpicked accommodations for the design lover

Hôtel Le Café de Paris, City Center

It is a hotel with a super comfortable bedroom painted in royal turquoise enhanced with a fantastic ocean view. Hôtel Le Café de Paris is located 5 minutes from City Hall, and the offer includes breakfast or breakfast and dinner.

Book Hôtel Le Café de Paris here

Private room at Hôtel Le Café de Paris

Have a pleasant stay at Hôtel Le Café de Paris

Le Garage Biarritz Hôtel, Le Phare

Le Garage Biarritz Hôtel is 4-starred elegant complex facing the beachfront, 12 km from Cote des Basque Beach. It has a great patio and modern rooms that will remain in your memory.

Book Le Garage Biarritz Hôtel here

Make yourself at home at Le Garage Biarritz Hôtel

Enjoy your time at Le Garage Biarritz Hôtel

1.5 Groups

Wondering where to stay in Biarritz as a group? I have great news for you; there’s no way you will not get bored here! After exploring the city, you can go on a day trip to Bayonee, Guethary, or Spain. But first, let’s see what to do in Biarritz if you are on a group trip.

You will go to whichever beach you choose, but I must point out one exciting place. I’m referring to Deus ex Machina, a unique concept of a restaurant and shop with a light, nutritious kitchen. The shop has surfing accessories and books featuring local artists.

City Center (around Place Clemenceau)

Find accommodation in the city centre so that everything is within reach. Visit the main attractions and take a lunch break at Le’ Entre Deux, but book in advance. I personally liked the fish dishes the most. Speaking of a place to stay in Biarritz, note that most apartments for groups are located right in the centre.

Grand Plage

One thing visitors first notice when visiting Biarritz is the Grand Plage itself and the excellent tapas bars. And your ideal accommodation is hidden somewhere in the streets. For the same, research on AirBnB or Booking. Use the group accommodation filter.

Handpicked accommodations for groups

Hôtel Cosmopolitain, City Center

700 metres from Rock the Blessed Virgin and 200 metres from the central beach, Hôtel Cosmopolitain has rooms that can accommodate from 2 to 4 guests. The airport is 10 minutes away.

Book Hôtel Cosmopolitain here

Experience comfort at Hôtel Cosmopolitain

Have a wonderful stay at Hôtel Cosmopolitain

Apartment Carlton-1 by Interhome, La Grand Plage

Apartment Carlton-1 by Interhome is located in a stunning building. You have 1 bedroom and one bathroom at your disposal. The studio accommodates 4 guests, making it a great answer to where to stay in Biarritz with your friends. Moreover, Plage Pecheurs is 800 metres from the apartment.

Book Apartment Carlton here

Enjoy your stay at Apartment Carlton-1 by Interhome

Have fun at Apartment Carlton-1 by Interhome

1.6 Solo-travelers

Believe it or not, Biarritz is a solo traveller’s dream. You have friendly locals, beautiful beaches and exciting tourist attractions. Accommodation for solo travellers is available in hostels, hotels and Airbnb properties. One interesting solo travellers spot is Les Halles de Biarritz, a local market open every morning. It will win you over with its colourfulness and noisy atmosphere. Grab a coffee at Lobita Coffee Corner inside the market. If you are looking for a great food corner for solo travellers, I recommend Alles Port des Pechuens.

City Center (around Place Clemenceau)

Still haven’t found the best location to stay in Biarritz? The city centre is a safe hub of activity and has everything you need close at hand. You also have a lot of social opportunities here, so don’t hesitate to use them because you may only be in Biarritz once. The city centre offers flexibility and the chance to explore the city at your own pace.

Grand Plage

Beach lovers often flock here, so don’t think twice. Head straight to the postcard-worthy Grand Plage and the recognizable striped sun tent, which cost 15 euros for the whole day, and you can also pay extra for sun chairs. The best thing about the neighbourhood is that your accommodation will be close to the beach.

Handpicked accommodations for a solo traveler

Studio Bellevue Clemenceau by Interhome, City Center

Studio Bellevue Clemenceau by Interhome is well-equipped studio with sea view, 100 meters from Grande Plage. The kitchen has a fridge, coffee machine, microwave and stovetop. The apartment is awarded with 2 stars, and the distance to the airport is only 5 km.

Book Studio Bellevue Clemenceau here

Relax and unwind at Studio Bellevue Clemenceau by Interhome

Have a great time at Studio Bellevue Clemenceau by Interhome

Lovely studio with a wonderful view on the sea – Welkeys, La Grand Plage

As the name says, this studio is so lovely that it offers you everything you want, a private kitchen with a toaster, a private bathroom, an iron, a hairdryer, a washing machine, a seating area and 1 large bed in the bedroom. VVF Veach is 1 km away, and the central train station is 4 km away.

Book Lovely Studio here

Private room at Lovely studio with wonderful view on the sea

Have a pleasant stay at Lovely studio with wonderful view on the sea

1.7 Nightlife Traveler

As we slowly move towards the end, I’m here to answer where to stay in Biarritz for those looking to experience the city’s night scene! I’m sure you’ll like everything, but I’ll single out Bar de la Plage, a hotspot of the town. It is located on the ground floor of Biarritz Casino, and across the street is one of the best discos in Biarritz.

City Center (around Place Clemenceau)

The centre offers various ranges of venues. So let’s see a few :

  • La Caveau which promises an unforgettable night out in Biarritz
  • L’Atabal, music concert venue
  • La Plancha, beachfront night bar.

Port Vieux

And what does Port Vieux offer? This horseshoe-shaped plage hides the most visited bar in Biarritz, and that is Eden Rock Cafe, located along the rock and also known as the perfect spot for aperitif.

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

Coup De Coeur – T3 Au Coeur De Biarritz, City Center

Excellent place to stay in Biarritz- right in the city’s centre, with a glazed dining area and a very bright space. Coup De Coeur – T3 Au Coeur De Biarritz has a private kitchen and bathroom, can accommodate 7 guests in 2 bedrooms, and has a sofa in the living room. It is 200 m from Grande Plage.

Book Coup De Coeur here

Make yourself at home at COUP DE COEUR - T3 AU COEUR DE BIARRITZ


Hôtel Palmito, Port Vieux

Hôtel Palmito is known for its clean rooms and responsive staff. It is decorated nicely and is 100 metres from the beach. Some rooms feature a balcony. It has a private bathroom, and I recommend the apartment for 5 people. If you want to share a room, you can choose dormitory rooms with 2-6 beds.

Book Hôtel Palmito here

Experience comfort at Hôtel PALMITO

Have a wonderful stay at Hôtel PALMITO

1.8 For the Budget Traveler

How to make a budget-friendly vacation in Biarritz? Here are some tips and information for you. According to my analysis, you can find accommodation on Airbnb for 20 euros per person per night in the neighbourhoods I’ll feature below. A more lavish dinner in a restaurant would cost 20 euros per person for a tapas treat and a glass of Sangria. You can buy pastries for breakfast for 2-4 euros at the Miremont Pastries shop. The water is safe to drink, so you don’t have to spend money on it.

Moreover, the tourist train between the places that leave Grande Plage costs 7 euros, and there are several public beaches in Biarritz for which you do not need to pay an entrance fee. Some of the most popular are Grande Plage, Plage Miramar and Plage Marrabela.

Wondering where to stay in Biarritz?

City Center

Staying in the centre means you won’t have to spend on transportation. You’ll be close to plenty of attractions you can explore for free, and you also can try the food at reasonable prices. I recommend visiting Le Comptoir du Foie Gras, where Chef Albert will prepare the most specific Basque Foie Gras speciality.

If you want to cook your own food, choose an AirBnB accommodation with an equipped kitchen, and buy groceries at the budget-friendly Carrefour and Lidl supermarkets Also, visit Les Halles de Biarritz, a local covered market offering reasonably priced delicacies.

Port Vieux

Here, you can see many free or low-cost attractions such as Rochr de la Vierge or Rock of the Virgin, a strange-shaped rock that has stood for decades as a symbol of the city. Locals also offer free walking tours.

Handpicked accommodations for budget traveler

Maison Maite, City Center

Maison Maite is a Beautifully designed superior villa with 4 bedrooms and an equipped kitchen, even with a coffee machine. It is located 800 m from Cote des Basue and 500 m from Grande Plage.

Book Maison MAÏTÉ here

Relax and unwind at Maison MAÏTÉ, au cœur de Biarritz

Have a great time at Maison MAÏTÉ, au cœur de Biarritz

Studio Biarritz, Port Vieux

Studio Biarritz is located 3 minutes from the beach and has 1 bedroom, kitchen with dishwasher and microwave and one bathroom. It also offers a free WIFI connection. You can ask the host about discounts on walking tours. The price is 80 euros per night.

Book Studio Biarritz here

Private room at Studio Biarritz

Have a pleasant stay at Studio Biarritz

2. Best Neighborhood to Stay in Biarritz

These are the neighbourhoods I recommend to you in Biarritz:

  • Grande Plage
  • City Center (around Place Clemenceau)
  • Port Vieux
  • Le Phare

I am here for you for additional advice, but in general, these are the best neighbourhoods to stick to.

3. FAQs

What is the best neighborhood to stay in Biarritz?

The best neighborhood to stay in Biarritz depends on your preferences and travel purpose. However, City Center (around Place Clemenceau) and Grande Plage are popular choices for their central location, proximity to attractions, and vibrant atmosphere.

Where should you not stay in Biarritz?

While Biarritz is generally a safe and pleasant destination, some travelers might prefer to avoid staying too far from the city center or in areas with less tourist infrastructure. It's advisable to check reviews and choose accommodations based on personal preferences and travel plans.

What should I avoid in Biarritz?

While Biarritz is a charming destination, it's good to be mindful of your belongings in crowded areas to prevent petty theft. Additionally, it's recommended to check the surf conditions before venturing into the water, especially for those who are not experienced surfers.

Where should I stay in Biarritz for the first time?

For a first-time visit to Biarritz, the City Center (around Place Clemenceau) is a recommended area to stay. It offers convenient access to attractions, shopping, and dining options. This central location allows you to explore the city easily and provides a good starting point for day trips to nearby areas.

4. Map + All Sights

Our map of Biarritz not only highlights the best neighborhoods for first-time travelers but also features a handpicked selection of accommodations to suit every taste and budget. From luxurious seaside resorts to quaint guesthouses brimming with local charm, you’ll find the perfect place to stay.

5. Summary of where to stay in Biarritz

This was your Where to Stay in Biarritz guide. If you want an active vacation with lots of surfing and meeting new friends, stay in the Grande Plage area. If easy access is your priority, choose the centre. Port Vieux is waiting for you for a calmer pace and the calmest beach. And finally, enjoy the beautiful view and luxury Le Phare Biarritz offers you.

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