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Bordeaux Tour Hotel

Hotel de Seze





Featured on both Conde Nast’s and CNN Traveler’s top 10, luxury boutique hotel list of places to stay while in Bordeaux!




bordeaux tour hotelOur luxury Bordeaux Tour hotel, Hotel de Seze, provides guests a perfect, central location in the heart of the historic district of Bordeaux. Located within steps of the famous Opera house, waterfront and its walking path along the Garonne, pedestrian shopping streets, museums, monuments, wine boutiques, and the finest restaurant options of the region, guests enjoy direct access to the most magical neighborhoods of the city. Enjoy leisure evenings upon return from our daily excursions into the surrounding countryside with a stroll along the waterfront offering a selection of cafes and restaurants overlooking the Garonne River. Featuring spacious rooms with large comfortable king size beds (or two twin beds on request) and fully-equipped, private, fully-equipped en-suite bathrooms, luxury bath products, and hair dryer, rooms are also equipped with flat screen television, telephone, mini-bar, corkscrew, personal safe, and air-conditioning. The hotel offers FREE WIFI access and features a spa services, jacuzzi, sauna, wine bar and coffee lounge, and an outdoor terrace.

DAILY BREAKFAST :  Enjoy a Bordelaise breakfast at our Bordeaux Tour hotel each morning before we head out for a day of fun excursions. The breakfast features all of the traditional French goodies-croissants, pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants), pain au raisins (raisin croissants), fresh baguette breads, an assortiment of breakfast breads, fresh fruit salad, yoghurts, a variety of cereals to choose from.

There is NEVER ANY HOTEL HOPPING on any Off the Beaten Path Tours.  All Tours are home-based, meaning we stay at 1 hotel for the entirety of the tour.


History of the Hotel – Raymond de Seze, Count of Sèze, 1748- 1828

At the Hotel de Sèze reigns the spirit of the Comte de Sèze. Originally from Saint-Emilion, one of the most historically rich and prestigious wine-producing villages near Bordeaux, Raymond de Sèze is known for having been the legal “Defender” of the King-Martyr, Louis XVI.  He earned entry to the Bar of Bordeaux in 1782 and made his mark in the legal world during the “Affair of the Queen’s Diamond Necklace” (Affair of Marie Antoinette responsible for the start of the French Revolution). De Sèze put all his rhetorical skills at the service of this sad and famous affair, which would later inspire the novelist Alexandre Dumas.

An honest man and full of wit, Raymond de Sèze employed courteous manners and a style full of dignity and skill. Attracting the friendship and consideration of influential figures such as Baron de Bensenval and Louis XVI, de Seze earned their trust to represent them before the highest court of the kingdom. He defended the Baron against charges of high treason and pleaded for the revolution to spare the life of Louis XVI.  He served the monarchy with absolute fidelity, rejecting even the demands of Napoleon I.  When Louis XVI was found guilty and sent to the guillotine, de Seze disappeared from public life during the reign of Napolean I, claiming the government illegitimate. He resurfaced when the Bourbons rose to power to be named judge and member of the French Academy in 1816 occupying chair 33 previously held by Voltaire. He enjoyed an unassailable reputation, helped by high moral authority.

Very attached to the City of Bordeaux, he also participated in the development of the “Pont de Pierre” (Stone Bridge). The first stone bridge built in Bordeaux connecting the left and right banks of the Garonne River, he obtained the necessary loan for the resumption of its construction during the Restoration.

For lovers of history, the “Salon des Illustres” exposes some of the pleadings written by de Seze and houses a rare document, the original edition of the pleading of Louis Capet (Louis XVI) dated December 26, 1792.

Accommodations on Off the Beaten Path, LLC small group luxury Bordeaux Tours offer a charming, luxurious and historical environment. Pamper yourself during this exclusive experience. Our hotel selection is also centrally located to the activities and excursions scheduled of each tour day.


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A WORD FROM Our Guests:

Exceeded Our Expectations!

“This trip to the Loire Valley exceeded our expectations! Christy planned unique and interesting excursions and activities that highlighted the beauty of the area and provided in-depth background knowledge about the various chateaux we visited. The cooking classes with renowned chefs, held in their restaurants and homes, were never-to-be forgotten experiences, and the visit to the winery was a highlight. The hotel was delightful and charming, and staying in one location for the entire time was a treat. Every meal or cocktail hour was planned to highlight the delicious specialties of the region. Christy is extremely knowledgeable about the various places we visited and imparted that knowledge in an interesting and entertaining manner. She and Remi took great care to ensure that we were always comfortable and well-looked after. We could not have asked for a better trip!” — Ron Rose & Sharon Matsumoto (Have done Provence tour and Loire Valley tour)

This was my third trip in the same number of years

“This was my third trip in the same number of years with Christy and Off the Beaten Path. While on her trips you can tell how much effort there is on the off season to make every single week perfect. From the pick up at the train station to the teary goodbye at the airport, everything is perfectly planned and executed. The hotel in St. Remy is magical, and the tour guides Philippe and David are exceptional. If you are considering a trip with OTBP, go for it and come home with new friends, a love of Provence and a longing to return as soon as you can!” — Beth Bower (Has done Provence tour twice and Loire Valley tour)

The Best Tour Company!

“I have done two tours – Provence and Loire Valley – and I am already looking forward to booking another. The tours are all perfectly curated and Christy is a wealth of knowledge. She is so kind and takes all of your needs and wants into consideration. I cannot recommend Off the Beaten Path enough!” — Madison Carl (Has done Provence and Loire Valley tours)

“We did the Provence tour. 8/2019. I had taken the tour 2017 & this time my husband came with me. It was just as fabulous this time as it was in 2017. Restaurants, picnic, sights, wine, all of it just delightful, but the frosting on the cake is a the knowledge, insight, humor, & attention to detail from David & Philippe. To us, they make a great trip soooo much fun. (also, 3 of our neighbors joined us this tour). Don’t hesitate, take this tour & enjoy!!!!!” — Jim & Carol Dean (Carol has done Provence tour twice)

Returning to Provence with France Off the Beaten Path

“I wanted to return to Provence as soon as it was open. I had toured with Christy in Loire Valley in 2019 and knew I wanted to travel with her again. For the second time, everything was well organized, personal and definitely off the beaten path. Christy and Phillippe have a wealth of knowledge and are eager to share. The hotel was perfectly located in St Remy, the tours to the lavender and sunflower fields are my favorite memory. The lunches and dinners were like visiting friends. The boat tour in Cassis was another highlight. Even though I had visited Provence, this trip with France Off the Beaten Path brought a new appreciation for the area.” — Susan Gage (Has done Loire Valley tour, Provence tour, Champagne tour)

“We had an excellent tour with Christie and her crew in the Loire valley. We did things that only a true insider would have access to-dinner at a Michelin chefs house, helping/learning to cook at a highly rated restaurant in their kitchen. This was in addition to seeing the sights and touring the castles. A truly unique experience that is off the beaten path. We will use her again when going back to France.” — Karen Berner (Has done Loire Valley tour)