The Hotel du Palais is located in the heart of the France and is the best 5-star hotel in Biarritz. It’s a building with a lot of history, every corner and every room is unique and emblematic.
If you are going to Biarritz and you are looking for a special holiday, do not forget to sleep here and enjoy the pleasure of Eugenia de Montijo and Napoleón III. Hotel du Palais is part of the history of Biarritz, which, practically, has grown around it. And today is a place to continue enjoying the atmosphere of luxury and hedonism that has never left the city. The luxury includes, of course, the cuisine, with a “starred” restaurant.
In 1835, a 9 year-old girl, accompanied by her mother, the Countess of Montijo, spent her holidays in Biarritz. Without knowing it yet, that girl, who would not stop wanting that precious corner of the Basque coast, would change the history of what, at that time, was a small fishing village …
That girl was Eugenia de Montijo, future wife of Napoleon III. The wedding was celebrated in 1852 and, from that date, the place of the Empress’ childhood games became the summer destination of the imperial couple. Then arose the need to build a summer palace worthy of welcoming the court. A couple of years after the wedding, Napoleon III ordered the construction of the palace that he built in the record time of 10 months. He named it “Villa Eugenie”, in her honor and the construction of the palace has an E shape.
For 16 years, with only a couple of exceptions, the imperial couple never missed their summery date with Biarritz. That small fishing village suddenly began to host crowned and intellectual heads from all corners of Europe. Biarritz became the place for parties, luxury and fun par excellence: games, dances, fireworks … nothing was missing to please its visitors!
And today that spirit is still maintained in the city “grown” around the “Villa Eugenie”. In 1880 the building was bought by the Banque Parisienne and transformed first into Hotel-Casino and then, in 1893, into Hôtel du Palais. In the “Belle Epoque” the building experienced a second period of splendor and once again welcomed nobles and celebrities from all over the old continent, even after the great fire of 1903 and its reconstruction.
After the First World War, when the building was transformed into a hospital for the wounded from the front, the Hôtel du Palais once again raised its head and became the place of festivities par excellence. Other hard blows come with the crash of ’29, the Spanish Civil War and the German occupation in the ’40 … but since the 50’s the Hôtel du Palais has once again hosted dances, parties and being the privileged stage of that hedonistic Biarritz that continues to conquer people all over the world to this day.
Celebrities at Hotel Du Palais
Since the nineteenth century Biarritz in general, and the Villa Eugenie / Hôtel du Palais in particular, have not stopped attracting celebrities from all over the world. The crowned heads of the XX and XXI century have continued arriving at the hotel, accompanied by politicians and people from the world of finance, politics, the arts, fashion … Worldly and intellectual characters continue to live together under the roof they once guarded to the emperors. Some names? Stravinsky, Chaplin, Coco Chanel, Hemingway, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper, Frank Sinatra, Alain Delon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Barbara Streisand, Gabriel García Marquez, Camilo José Cela, Woody Allen, Springsteen, Shakira … and many more.