Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel Villa Navarre

59 rue Trespoey, Pau, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, 64000, France Fodor's Choice

In the 1800s Pau became home to a colony of elite British expats (including famed climber Henry Russell), who were drawn here by the mountains and climate; evidence of that era remains at Villa Navarre: built in the second half of the 19th century, it’s the only English manor in Pau open to overnight guests and one of only two hotels in town with views of the High Pyrénées. You can almost see Russell’s ghost (with a drink in hand) haunting the estate's grand gardens and refined common areas. Rooms are spacious with an understated English influence (picture classic plaid upholstery and stately antiques, or gray-and-black-tone furnishings). The genteel setting also comes with an on-site restaurant that offers typically French haute cuisine and a spa with a heated indoor pool.

PROS

  • views of the Pyrénées
  • beautiful gardens
  • well-preserved English heritage

CONS

  • a very long walk to town
  • caters to business travelers (like most of Pau's hotels)

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical
Sophisticated
Residential Area
Local Flavor
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -05–59–14–65–65

HOTEL DETAILS

30 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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