Best hotels and hostels in St-Émilion

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    Grand Barrail

    Grand doesn't even begin to describe this immense five-star chateau-hotel, built in 1850, with its 46 antique-dressed rooms, spa, stone-flagged heated swimming pool, vast park and helipad on the front lawn. Undoubtedly the best seat in its gastronomic restaurant ( menus €50–85) is the corner table framed by exquisite 19th-century stained glass.

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    Hostellerie de Plaisance

    This luxurious hotel, part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux family, languishes brazenly in the shadow of the bell tower. Its 17 whimsical rooms are about the size of a castle and enjoy romantic views of copper terracotta-tiled rooftops and ancient stone towers. Even if you're not staying here, a meal in its gastronomic restaurant is a treat.

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    Auberge de la Commanderie

    New life has been breathed into this soulful two-star hotel since the De Boüard de Laforest family – owners of nearby Château Angélus – acquired it in 2017. Crisp white linens, soft indigo-blue fabrics and pale wood furnishings bathe elegant rooms in a soothing light, while public areas mix pale wood with hip rattan lampshades and furniture. Breakfast €11.

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    Palais Cardinal

    Run by the same family for five generations, this historic hotel from 1878 puts a little more thought into its dress sense than the other 'budget' hotels in St-Émilion. The heated pool is set in flower-filled gardens and framed by sections of the original medieval town-wall fortifications, dating from the 13th century. Its 24 rooms are comfortable and quietly elegant. Breakfast costs €14.50.

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    Château Fleur de Roques

    If you've dreamed of staying in a romantic countryside château but your budget – or lack thereof – was a rude awakening, you'll be delighted by this affordable 16th-century pad between vines, 10km from St-Émilion village. Superior rooms overlook the surrounding park and pool, and the restaurant (closed late December to early February) serves regional fare with chateau wine.

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    Maison de la Commanderie

    Snug in a traditional ginger-stone maison de village across the road from 14th-century Cloître de Cordeliers, this four-room guesthouse enchants. Rooms mix original features (like exposed stone walls) and period furniture with stylish contemporary fabrics and other decorative touches. Two overlook the cloister and vineyards, and two have a majestic panorama of burnt-red rooftops and the green Dordogne Valley beyond.

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    La Maison Colline

    This 17th-century maison de village in St-Émilion village squirrels away a trio of beautiful old-world rooms. Rustic wooden beams, exposed stone walls, antique furniture and shelves full of books add plenty of homey atmosphere and wine-loving Parisian owner Gilles is full of recommendations of what to do and see. In warm weather breakfast is served in a bijou courtyard out back. It's closed two weeks in December.

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    Yelloh! Villlage Saint Émilion

    This family-friendly campground is about 3km north of St-Émilion on the D122. It has three pools, a water slide, mini golf and bags of other outdoor fun for kids. Pitch up beneath trees or rent a wooden cabin sleeping two to six people. For a bit more solitude, reserve the floating wood cabin moored on the campsite's small lake.

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    Hôtel au Logis des Remparts

    In a thoughtfully restored town house, the three-star modern rooms here are comfortable but lack sparkle. Much more exciting is the courtyard garden and swimming pool. Breakfast €9.