Review of the Exclusive Boutique Hotel in Bordeaux, Villas Foch

Villas Foch is the exclusive boutique hotel in Bordeaux, where guests are indulged every moment of their stay.

Villas Foch is the hotel in France’s Bordeaux to stay at for a super exclusive, luxury VIP experience within a romantic, historical, architecturally striking city. Bordeaux is a UNESCO world heritage site, so there is plenty of elegant architecture to explore from this fabulously unique boutique hotel.

Villas Foch has an elegant and warm exclusive bar only for in-house guests.

Villas Foch encapsulates French sophistication. It is an elegant 20 room boutique hotel in downtown Bordeaux. The General Manager, Mederic Demelle has crafted a career specialising in creating, curating and crafting the most luxurious French boutique hotels, and Villas Foch is one of the best.

The feel of this boutique property is more exclusive club than five star boutique hotel. The staff get to know the guests and their preferences quickly. The hotel’s front bar is only accessible to Villas Foch’s guests and is open from 6pm-midnight and provides the perfect moment for an aperitif or post dinner drink.

Mirrors and splashes of red create modernity amongst the classic interiors.

Villas Foch is flood lit, with windows throughout the hotel, and the interiors are black, white and grey with striking splashes of red decadence. Bathroom products are Hermes. The hotel feels impeccably flawless and distinctly French. 

Villas Foch has 20 spacious and elegant apartment style rooms filled with modern interiors that seamlessly bring the elegance of the old and new together to create the perfect marriage.

The immaculate fitness centre and spa are world class and a highlight of a stay at any time of year.  Beautiful black metallic mosaic tiles adorn the 18m pool that sits next to the sauna, and everything is meticulously clean, fresh and stylish. 

Rooms are super spacious, light filled and elegant.

Overall Rating: 10/10

The Location 10/10

Villas Foch is located right in the heart of Bordeaux town. The stunning gardens across the road are ideal for a long walk or jog before sunrise depending on the season and the local tram service The Wine Centre and local markets and is an easy 2 minute walk from the hotel’s front door.

Bordeaux has an incredible shopping area, and Rue St Catherine, the city’s central shopping street is the longest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe and is packed with both high street and designer shopping. It is a few minutes walk from Villas Foch, and there are multiple eating outlets around the hotel and surrounds.

Villas Foch has a club like exclusive feel

Service & Facilities: 9/10

Service is warm, friendly and personal, and distinctly French. Houskeeeping accidentally knocked my glass foundation bottle onto the floor and it was promptly replaced after the hotel manager took a quick trip to Sephora. I was amazed at this show of generosity and service considering the bottle was not damaged but simply chipped.

The only reason I haven’t given Villas Foch a 10 in this category is that there isn’t an evening restaurant on site, but given there are so many just minutes away, it is not an issue for Villas Foch Hotel guests.

The wellness area is one of Bordeaux’s very best.

Wellness: 8/10

The wellness facility is in the basement and is first class. I used the facility daily.

The refreshingly elegant design has exceptional attention to detail which includes striking mosaic tiles in the pool, a new sauna facility and sporting icons and global sporting moments in print on the walls of the gym.

Staff give guests access to the whole wellness facility any time of the day or night.

Villas Foch oozes style

Style: 9/10

The style at Villas Foch is French classic meets the best of French modernity. Bordeaux is classified as city of art and history, with 362 historical monuments, the most of any city in France after Paris.

Villas Foch manages to encapsulate both art and history within its style DNA. From the classically artistic and historical bones of the building, to the classically French colour interiors palette and classic French art which is met seamlessly by the best of modernity with super modern light fittings, and furniture, switched on warm staff, a sumptuously modern breakfast buffet which includes classic salmon blinis and modern day acai bowls.

There is so much style and class to this boutique hotel. It is simply a joy to spend time there.

Rooms are elegant and stylish with Hermes products in the bathrooms.

The Rooms: 9/10

There are just 20 rooms and suites at Villas Foch, and they are all different. The best are the spacius front rooms with windows overlooking the street providing fresh air and a distinctly French feel. Furniture is modern and elegant.

Fabrics are high quality and rich in texture and colours. Shower products are Hermes, and the bathrooms are stunning.

Bathrooms have rich and elegant white marbled walls and floors, double sinks, huge mirrors and plenty of space. In my room there was a huge bath, and the toilet was separate from the bathroom providing privacy for couples.

Food and drinks are typically fabulous and French.

Food & Drink: 7/10

The breakfast served here is fantastic and staff were kind enough to deliver my coffee at 6am after my workout and duding my early morning zoom meetings, and then my breakfast two hours later, such is the level of service provided at Villas Foch.

The restaurants itself is again very spacious given the limited number of guests and given how many French hotels plunge their breakfast rooms into the basements with no light and low ceilings, At Villas Foch the breakfast room is flooded with light and a gorgeous waiter who attends to everything – and remembers everyone’s cofee orders.

Villas Foch In brief:

Who Is Behind It:

A local family who live in Bordeaux and wanted a heritage building restored and brough alive again.

Renae says:

Who should Stay here: Anyone including solo travellers

Who shouldn’t Stay here: I can’t think of anyone who would not love it.

Location: 1. hour from Bordeaux airport.

The Highlight: Soaking up French sophistication with the best French service.

The lowlight: There isn’t one

Insider Knowledge: The front desk have brilliant restaurant and beauty suggestions (hair, nails, make-up) very close to the hotel.

Awards: Villa Foch was among the winners for the most prestigious hotels in the world from the magazine Hotel et Lodge, (beating many of Paris’ most luxurious palace hotels for this accolade).

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