Tuesday, 1 September 2015

REVIEW: The Mercure Bordeaux Centre Hotel

It's safe to say we kicked off our interrailing adventure across the South of France in style. I've got so much I want to share from what was the most fantastique trip with one of my main gals, Amber, but to start with, let me introduce you to the hotel in which we stayed for the first three nights of our travels (and easily the swankiest accommodation of the fortnight!)

Staying in a hotel is always such a treat, don't you think? And when crashing with friends, at hostels or AirBnB flats for the rest of a trip, you really appreciate a night or two in a hotel and it also won't break the bank.

So, welcome to the four star Mercure Bordeaux Centre Hotel!


We arrived quite late at night (so please excuse the lighting of my pics) and were a smidge confused upon hopping out of the taxi at the hotel, just a short journey from the train station. We appeared to be surrounded by large, unattractive, grey buildings. Hmm, this was not the Bordeaux of which we had seen photos.

But upon heading out to explore the next day, it transpired we were just a 15 minute walk from central Bordeaux, and just round the corner were the characteristically French, beautiful buildings we'd been hoping for.

The location was ideal really as it was super easy to pop back whenever we wanted to.


Although the exterior of the hotel may not be Instagram-worthy, the interior is absolutely gorgeous. The whole hotel is super stylishly furnished and delightfully clean and modern.
We were staying in a wonderful Privilege Room.
The bed-linen was delightfully crisp and the beds themselves super comfy. Not only did we have air-con, a giant TV, and black-out curtains, but we also had tea and coffee-making facilities. TEA, PEOPLE! TEA!
You can imagine my joy at this discovery.

Equally pleasant to learn was that the drinks in our mini-fridge were complimentary!
Um, win! They were also replenished once over our three-night stay which was great.

If that wasn't enough we were also left some welcome chocolates which went down a treat after our flight.
What's more, our room was super thoroughly cleaned each day which was delightful.

Amber and I both got a smidge overexcited at the prospect of having toweling robes and little slippers at our disposal, because there's nothing like a white fluffy robe to make you feel like you're at a spa, am I right?

We were left out an array of mini toiletries, which was great, although there was no conditioner and the shampoo/shower gel was one big squeezy bottle attached to the shower wall as opposed to individual ones.

The shower was great though and the towels were lovely and big (unlike a lot of towels on the Continent.)


Right, on to the most important bit of any hotel stay: BREAKFAST!

The Mercure Bordeaux Centre did not disappoint.
Even at the desk at the front of the breakfast room, there were mini canel├ęs (a special Bordeaux cake) out for guests, which was a lovely location-specific touch.

And inside, there was so much breakfasty goodness! Yup, Amber and I went. to. TOWN!

Divine croissants and pains aux chocolat, an array of breads, brioche, various spreads and jams, cakes, macarons, cereals, seedy mixes, various yoghurts, fresh fruit salad AND whole fruits, cold meats and cheeses, bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, pancakes and maple syrup, teas, coffees, loads of juices, hot chocolate... It was amazing.

And of course, we made sure to try pretty much everything. Every day.

Dayum, can I go back just for this breakfast please? I should say that I didn't spot much for the gluten-free/vegan amongst you, but it's possible that the hotel would've sorted something out had you given them any dietary requirements in advance.


Throughout our stay, the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly, and that is really so important in my opinion.

We had a wonderful stay at the Mercure Bordeaux Centre Hotel and I'd thoroughly recommend it.

Find out more about the hotel here. We were kindly offered a press rate however this post is completely honest and I mean every word. Word.


  1. It looks so nice! And wow, the breakfast looks sooooo good! x


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