The Saint-James occupies buildings designed in 1989 by the famous architect Jean Nouvel. They nestle in the delightful little village of Bouliac, in a garden fragrant with lemon trees and antique roses. Inspired by the old tobacco drying lofts, four pavilions, linked by a gallery, create a modern pure space. Far away, you can see the Landes of Gascogne forest, the biggest collection of maritime pines in Europe.
What better way to enjoy a view of Bordeaux than from among 950 grapevines and four buildings inspired by tobacco-drying sheds? The hotel's 25-metre black swimming pool is a true haven of peace where you may luxuriate and relax. The Saint-James is known to locals as Le Balcon de Bordeaux (The Balcony of Bordeaux). Come discover why the name is so very fitting!
From 20 to 25 square meters. Standard rooms are on the first floor, in the first of the four buildings. Each room has a raised bed that offers a breath-taking view of the grounds and city.
From 25 to 30 square meters. Deluxe rooms are in three of the four buildings. The height of the beds varies in these deluxe rooms, depending on the floor of each pavilion, and, once you are reclining on the bed, you have a sweeping view of the grounds. Sleeping at Le Saint-James is a matchless experience.
Each of these suites of 45 square meters boasts a unique ambiance. A private terrace with Jacuzzi, a real Harley Davidson as part of the décor, a panoramic view... each suite has décor complemented by furnishings from famous designers and a unique atmosphere.
The suites are in the second building. Each suite offers a stunning view of the grounds and city from its raised or low-set bed.
Every room and suite have retained their original spirit and closeness to the natural surroundings, a concept and experience that make you feel you are living in the very midst of the vineyards.
Nicknamed the “balcony of Bordeaux” for its panoramic views, Bouliac has long drawn gourmets and gourmands, those who love art and art de vivre. After World War II, this village tucked away above Bordeaux became a popular destination for lunches and dancing, a refreshing trip to the country, a change of pace.
The architect even sought to preserve their rusty, chipped, patinated appearance, leaving everything as authentic as possible. His other artistic choices included having the longère and pavilions open out onto the natural surroundings, generating the sensation of lunching, dining, sleeping, reposing and relaxing in the very heart of the vineyards. An architectural feat as atypical as it is eye-catching, now listed as part of France’s 20th-century architectural heritage by the Ministry of Culture.
At Le Saint-James opens onto a vast terrace, the hotel grounds and a limitless view of Bordeaux. Guests come to get away, reflect, but also to work, meet friends, savour some alone time, enjoy a tête-à-tête or family gathering.
Any time, from breakfast to a nightcap, it is a comforting pleasure to settle into this space dotted with design classics, armchairs, sofas and other furnishings designed by Jean Nouvel, Verner Panton and Charles Eames. In winter, at tea time, home-baked goods (cakes, pies, cannelés and more) tempt you to take a break and relax in the distinctive bar, a charming place of countrified chic.
It is known as Côté Cours. The cooking school at Le Saint-James. Under the expert guidance of Célia Girard Sous-Chef to Nicolas Magie, it is for all ages and abilities: beginners, cuisine lovers, skilled cooks, children, teenagers, parents, grandparents...
The schedule includes forays into sweet and savoury themes, an introduction to snacking, to oenology, to gastronomic classics, or a chance to meet local producers. All in a bright and spacious kitchen designed by Poggen Pohl, with ovens and cooktops by prestigious appliance manufacturer Miele. The perfect place to learn how to be a great chef in your own home.
A variety of things to do in a multifaceted region…
Coastal Aquitaine offers unforgettable fishing trips, relaxation, beneficial thalassotherapy centres, as well as cycling tracks and golf courses in the shade of pine trees.
Inland Aquitaine also has rolling fairways, walks, horse rides or bike rides, and canoeing along the waterways.
Pyrenean Aquitaine is ideal for fishing, white-water canoeing, well-being in the spa towns and hiking through unique landscapes.
Leisure Aquitaine is all this and more, without forgetting the theme parks, from A for attraction to Z for zoo. All according to your choice, to the season, and to the place where you have decided to stay!
Bordeaux is characterized by its exceptional heritage inherited from the 18th century by the great figures of the past who made it famous intellectually, culturally and politically, and of course the wine that bears its name.
Bordeaux heritage is multiple: architectural and intangible both from the past, in the present and towards the future. For if the picture of the assets is primarily that of beautiful stones, the concept has now spread to more recent buildings, statues and fountains, literature, gastronomy, know-how and methods of life.
The hotel has two meeting rooms. One, an air-conditioned, 70 square meters space on the ground floor that opens onto the terrace. The other, a petite salon of 36 square meters, also on the ground floor, with terrace access. The first is modular and can accommodate 20 to 60 people; the second, 9 to 12 people. Lunches, dinners and banquets can be organised to suit. Both rooms are equipped with a screen and wireless internet.
Technical equipment: video projector, screen, paperboard, Wifi, public address, sound system.
- Arriving from Paris: On the A10 motorway, take exit N1 and head for Toulouse/Bayonne. Leave the by-pass at exit N23 Bouliac. At the roundabout take the first right. At the first set of traffic lights, continue straight on and at the second traffic lights, turn left. At the top of the hill, turn right and head for the church. We are located opposite the post office, on the village square.
- Arriving from Toulouse/Bayonne: On the A63 motorway, head for Bordeaux centre then Paris. Drive across the Garonne on the François Mitterand bridge and take exit N23 Bouliac. At the first set of traffic lights, turn right and at the second turn left. At the top of the hill turn right and head for the church. We are located after the post office, on the village square.
- Arriving from the Bordeaux Mérignac Airport: Take the by-pass and head for Toulouse/Bayonne and then Paris. Drive across the Garonne on the François Mitterand bridge and take exit N23 Bouliac. At the first set of traffic lights, continue straight on and at the second turn left. At the top of the hill, turn right and head for the church. We are located opposite the post office on the village square.
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