Located right in the centre of buzzing Biarritz, a traditional seaside resort which is well connected by bus to the Basque resorts of St Jean de Luz, Guéthary and, across the Spanish border, San Sebastián. The 26 air-conditioned rooms in this three-star hotel have been decorated in a crisp, nautical style: it’s worth paying extra for a room with balcony for the pleasure of watching the surfers do battle with the Atlantic breakers on the Grande Plage or for people-watching in the Place Sainte Eugénie below. There’s a good choice of doubles, triples and family rooms. From €124 for a family room sleeping four. Breakfast from €7.70 per person.
Hotel L’Ocean, Biarritz
The Hotel de l'Océan makes the perfect base for a car-free holiday