Luxury Hotel in Biarritz - History of Le Regina

A legendary spa hotel with character in the Basque country

Built on a high plateau overlooking the sea and close to Biarritz lighthouse, the Regina is an architectural masterpiece that can be seen from afar due to its whiteness and splendour following 1906. When one mentions the history of the Regina Biarritz Hotel & Spa, a century of bustling life emerges full of exceptional fragments where aristocracy as well as renowned celebrities from the arts and sporting world have met and lived in harmony in an exceptional setting. The walls of the Regina Hotel & Spa hold endless memories without doubt of its century of history and a feeling that the building has a past. A past that reads like an open book on arriving at this boutique hotel, which can be seen on its façades inspired by the Belle Époque which merge so well within the elegant town of Biarritz.

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Construction and Architecture of the Hotel Regina

In 1906 the Parisian society of the Hotel Regina, wishing to open a branch in Biarritz in the neighbourhood of the Lighthouse, bought the property and enlarged the area with the purchase of the Choisy estate belonging to the Golf course. Landscape architect, Henri Martinet - the specialist in the construction of luxury hotels, casinos and spa establishments in France and abroad - was entrusted the task of drawing up the floor plans. He built a pentagonal-shaped building, covered by two domes and an inner courtyard, closed by a glass atrium, where the winter garden and restaurant were located. The palace's one hundred and sixty-eight rooms were then opened up as galleries overlooking the patio. The building's architectural style is Second Empire and Art Deco.

History of the Regina Palace, Biarritz: from 1907 to present day

The hotel opened its doors in the Summer of 1907. But this was a short-lived opening, as from the beginning of the war in 1914, the Regina was seized and became a military hospital. Shortly after the war, it would return to its initial vocation. Then came the Roaring Twenties; years when the Regina welcomed celebrities of the time and where, in 1926, the hotel expanded to include the spectacular Art Deco glass atrium for which it is so well known today. However, when the Second World War broke out, the hotel opened its doors once again to the wounded before being seized and devastated by the Germans in 1940. It would resurrect from its ashes in 1952 following a complete renovation. In 1987 the Royal Monceau society bought it back and completely renovated the establishment before selling it again in 1998 to the Accor group. At the end of 2013, the River Neris group fell under its spell; the group rescued this boutique hotel in Biarritz and undertook Haute Couture inspired renovations as a tribute to the Roaring Twenties.

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