The Area: Located along the pedestrianized promenade on the Garonne River, facing the Jacques Chaban Delmas Bridge, and a stone’s throw from the Cité du Vin.
The DNA: Hotel Seeko’o stands out of Bordeaux’s mostly 18th century architecture with its pearly exterior of Corian panels. Seeko’o (iceberg in Inuit) is one of France’s most avantgarde hotels. There’s a hammam and sauna on the fourth floor and a spacious bar on the first, where Champagne, malt whiskies and a wide choice of cocktails are served. The eco-friendly hotel uses organic and ecologically produced cosmetic products and the breakfast buffet includes a range of produce from artisan farmers and organically grown products.
Suite-Me-Up: Not only the exterior stands out, the interior – white, black and chrome minimalism tempered by warm wood, slate and fluffy chenille – features details such as glossy, black-lacquer ceilings, which magnify the bedrooms creating clever mirror effects, Corian washstands and on some of the floor-to-ceiling windows, screen-printed motifs taken from old photos recalling the wine warehouses and dockyard cranes that once filled the area.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 45 rooms, including 1 suite (27-55m2) (291-592 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2007, renovated 2017 • architect: Atelier King Kong • parking possible nearby (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible