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Where To Stay In Bayonne, France For Travelers On A Shoestring Budget - Updated 2020

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Diya
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A charming and interesting town along the Rivers Nive and Adour, Bayonne’s medieval streets are dotted with old buildings, exuding a lovely mix of French and Basque architecture. A stroll along the river banks will find you stopping at the quaint cafes and restaurants, to take in the beautiful city view. Although not very big, it’s one of the prettiest places in southwest France and also houses a beach resort area known as Biarritz.

But, this sleepy little getaway is not so sleepy from July to September, when it holds its annual festival – the Fetes de Bayonne. This is where you get to see the French version of San Fermin or the ‘Running of the Bulls’. The Bayonne festival attracts over a million tourists every year, making this the biggest event in all of France. It’s a great place for backpackers to stop over for a day or two, if not more, even for those on a shoe-string budget. The city lets you ‘basque’ in its friendly vibe and, at the same time, provides a comfortable stay without hurting the pockets.

Here are a few cheap and budget stays that offer great facilities (including English-speaking staff), along with locational advantage.

1. ibis budget Bayonne (from USD 56)

An ideal place to stay for families, the hotel enjoys an immense locational advantage, with the historical hub only 2 km (1.2 miles) away and beach area some 8 km (5 miles). Breakfasts are sumptuous affairs, usually comprised of items like brioche, cakes, pastries, cheese, breads and hot beverages. The terrace restaurant serves grilled food, along with traditional fare. For a cost-effective unit, facilities like free WiFi, parking and 24/7 front desk, make this pet-friendly accommodation a favorite among all kinds of travelers.


ibis budget Bayonne

Address: 6 avenue du Grand Basque
Price: from 56 USD

Fire extinguishers On-site coffee house Bottle of water Sun terrace Kid meals Luggage storage Heating Breakfast options

2. Hôtel des Arceaux (from USD 53)

Located in the historical hub, Hôtel des Arceaux is a charming 17th-century building, with uniquely decorated rooms. The rambling house is clean and exudes an authentic feel. It’s also the perfect base for exploring the countryside, with easy access to the mountains, beaches and country roads surrounding the property. Because of its location, backpackers can easily save some money and reach the local attractions on foot and enjoy close proximity to public transport links and eateries, at the same time. WiFi is free and provides great coverage.


Hôtel des Arceaux

Address: 26, rue Port Neuf
Price: from 53 USD

Free WiFi Non-smoking throughout Fax/photocopying Luggage storage Safety deposit box Shared lounge/TV area Breakfast options Internet services

3. Hotel de la Gare (from USD 49)

This city-center hotel is close to the commercial hub, as well as attraction sites like the Vauban Citadelle, Saint-Esprit Church and Saint-Catherine Street. The Bayonne Train Station is only 300 meters (984.3 feet) from the hotel premises. While the cozy bedrooms come with a work desk and flat-screen TV, be sure to mention you want a private bath, as the hotel also provides shared rooms with a common restroom. Hotel de la Gare serves delicious homemade food, and their hearty breakfasts can also be served on the terrace, upon request. WiFi is free and available in common areas.


Hotel de la Gare

Address: 8, bis rue Sainte Catherine
Price: from 49 USD

Bicycle parking Free WiFi Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Family rooms CCTV in common areas Non-smoking throughout On-site coffee house Luggage storage

4. Campanile Biarritz (from USD 65)

Ideal for a stopover, this hotel is extremely close to Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport, at only 800 meters (2624.7 feet) away, while the city center lies only 2 km (1.2 miles) away. An in-house (free) car parking area is a major plus, especially for the road-trippers. Breakfast is usually served in the hotel restaurant or on the terrace. Guests are particularly happy about the cleanliness of the rooms, quality of food and impeccable service. Their good-natured staff are always available and ready to help.


Campanile Biarritz

Address: 43 rue Chapelet - Boulevard Marcel Dassault RN 10 Rond Point du mousse
Price: from 65 USD

Terrace Non-smoking throughout Shared lounge/TV area Non-smoking rooms Smoke alarms Meeting/banquet facilities Key card access Wheelchair accessible

5. Hotel Cote Basque (from USD 62)

Located in the heart of the city’s historical center, Hotel Cote Basque overlooks the Saint Esprit bridge. With easy access to the train station (100m/328ft) and Biarritz (5km/3.1 miles), this property is easily the perfect base for travelers who like to see everything a city has to offer. The pet-friendly property also provides car and bike rental services. If you need an early start to the day, the cooperative staff can prepare your meal well before breakfast hours, if requested. For travelers with cars, there’s a public parking lot right outside the hotel.


Hotel Cote Basque

Address: 2 rue Maubec
Price: from 62 USD

Breakfast options Heating Parking WiFi Newspapers Secured parking Bottle of water Fire extinguishers

6. Campanile Bayonne (from USD 70)

Just off the motorway, this accommodation is an excellent choice for travelers driving towards Portugal (or back). It’s the perfect base for exploring the charming town, as Campanile Bayonne is located just 5 minutes from the city center. Fully equipped, with standard amenities like free Wi-Fi, private baths, large, comfy beds, and beverage-making facilities, the pet-friendly rooms are done up in interesting tones of chocolate and green. The all-you-can-eat spreads give you a taste of the local cuisine, which can be enjoyed with drinks on the hotel terrace.


Campanile Bayonne

Address: Avenue Du Grand Basque
Price: from 70 USD

On-site coffee house Terrace Breakfast options Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Wine/champagne Fire extinguishers Snack bar Physical distancing in dining areas

7. ibis Bayonne Centre (from USD 79)

Overlooking the Adour River, this ibis property is set on its banks and is only a five-minute walk from the heart of Bayonne and 600 meters (1968.5 feet) from the train station. Along with its perfect location, the hotel warrants the loyalty of its guests with impeccable hospitality, private parking slots, modern restaurants, and clean and comfortable rooms. Your requests for a river-view or a quiet room are always tended to by the accommodating staff, who are also extremely good with pets. And the best part, all the local sights are at your doorstep, including the cathedral, which is right next door.


ibis Bayonne Centre

Address: 46 Boulevard Alsace Lorraine
Price: from 79 USD

24-hour security Key access Restaurant Fitness Heating Secured parking Designated smoking area Fax/photocopying

8. Hotel Loreak (from USD 81)

Although located 2 km (1.2 miles) away from the city center, Hotel Loreak is one of the more popular budget stays, simply because of its team of attentive and helpful staff and clean, comfortable rooms, with free parking. The in-house restaurant serves a great mix of modern and regional dishes, and there are quite a few decent eateries at walking distance, to add to your options. The hotel’s proximity to the motorway surprisingly does not cause any disturbance and poses only as an added advantage.


Hotel Loreak

Address: 1 chemin de Hayet
Price: from 81 USD

Facilities for disabled guests WiFi available in all areas Key card or motion-controlled electricity for guests Safety deposit box Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines CCTV outside property Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay

All you need in Bayonne

With easy connectivity by air and rail, Bayonne is yet another French adventure - albeit a very different one from usual Parisian experiences. It’s a surprise package for impetuous travelers, who like to deviate from the usual routes and discover pretty towns, tucked away in the corner, steeped in rich art and traditions. Not only does it have a fascinating historical background, Bayonne has some fantastic architectural evidence to stand by its legends and folklore. This little French town is worth a detour, and you certainly won’t be disappointed.

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A spontaneous trip-planner, Diya is a freelancer from India who is now settled in Singapore. She loves reading, sketching, and exchanging travel stories with her friends (mostly for her handwritten...Read more

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