Hotels in Southwest France
Built to withstand wartime assaults, the 13th-century Château de St.-Geniès has thick stone walls and antiques-filled rooms.
The hotel was originally Napoleon the Third's summer palace. Converted into a hotel in the late 1800's, the décor has been relatively unchanged for the last 50 or so years.
Built as part of a St.-Martin-de-Ré shipyard in the 16th century, the Toiras is the kind of property that gives Relais & Châteaux a good name.
These two hotels are interconnecting parts of the same maison d'hôtes. Both sit directly on the port in St.-Martin-de-Ré along with the Hotel de Toiras.
Michael Portos's increasingly lauded hotel restaurant serves reconstituted sunny-side-up egg with baby clams. Booking a room without booking a table at the in-house eatery is a crime.
This cool little upstart bed-and-breakfast combines colorful contemporary interior design with family-style service and rooms for under $300.
The cliffside hotel was built in 1872, with hanging eaves and wrought-iron balconies.
The recently updated four-star hotel features molecular gastronomy in chef Philippe Etchebest's restaurant. Try the unexpected scallops in beef jus with raspberry vinegar.