Hôtel du Palais Unveils Extensive Renovation in Biarritz

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The former imperial residence of Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie, Hôtel du Palais has emerged from the pandemic with a rejuvenated new look


Ideal for a glamour-filled getaway this summer, Hyatt Hotels has announced the exciting reopening of Hôtel du Palais Biarritz, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand.

Paying homage to the property’s original architecture and history, the hotel and the majority of its 86 guestrooms and 56 suites have been meticulously restored to reflect the palace’s iconic past in French history.

The only hotel with the recognition “Palace de France” on the French Atlantic coast, Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz is an undeniably majestic property that was first built in 1854 by Napoleon III for his wife Eugénie de Montijo.

The renovation process has rejuvenated and embellished its original and unconventional splendour, respecting the hotel’s history and legend while modernising certain elements with the guest experience in mind. The hotel’s unique furnishings, rare paintings and refined tapestries reflect the palace’s history.

We are delighted to welcome guests to the extraordinary Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz. Whether they wish to cross the majestic threshold for a stay at the hotel, a drink at Bar Napoleon III or lunch with the family at our fine-dining restaurant, La Rotonde, guests can enjoy a truly magical experience during their stay,” said Alessandro Cresta, general manager at Hôtel du Palais.

“During the renovation process it’s been of the utmost importance for us to preserve the rich heritage and DNA of the palace that makes it the perfect destination when visiting Biarritz and the Basque Country. We look forward to inviting guests and inspiring collectible moments through bespoke experiences that spark new narratives of their own.”

Palatial Abodes



The hotel features 86 rooms and 56 suites with areas varying from 301 to 1,076 square feet (28 to 100 square meters). Guests can expect elegantly decorated spaces with a Second Empire Style that remains true to the original architecture and history as a Palace.

For something extra special, guest rooms on the top floor feature an extraordinary marine ambiance, highlighted by nautical themes reminiscent of cruise ships with rounded windows and portholes.

Sophisticated Dining



Guests can enjoy refined, locally inspired culinary creations from the Pays Basque region at the hotel’s restaurant, La Rotonde. The new Chef, Aurélien Largeau, and his team are serving up creative dining experiences for guests looking to make exciting memories.

Elsewhere, for those looking to relax and unwind, the Napoleon III Bar offers a menu of carefully selected gins, whiskeys, and vintage champagne in an intimate, sophisticated atmosphere.

Wellness & Relaxation


With 32,291 square feet (3,000 square meters) spread over four floors, the Imperial Spa is a peaceful haven, featuring an indoor freshwater pool, whirlpool, hammam and sauna. Outdoors, an enticing seawater pool overlooks the ocean, while the famous cabanas on the waterfront offer guests a moment of relaxation.

The pool cabanas each boast sunbeds, towels, pool as well as beach access and a private changing room, shower, toilet and free Wi-Fi. Dedicated pool hosts offer care for each guest by serving refreshing amenities or lunch poolside.

Welcoming guests from April onwards. Find out more via hyatt.com

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