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La Zoologie – Design hotel – 4 star standing in Bordeaux

HotelsT is proud to present their latest creation in Bordeaux: La Zoologie, the hotel!

Built around a garden, the 3-wing hotel offers a 4-star standing and will welcome you in the centre of Bordeaux.

Tranding hotel
in the ancient institute of
Zoology of Bordeaux

The Institute of Zoology was built in the beginning of the 20th century (1900-1903) by the architect Ernest Lacombe and is a landmark building of the contemporary academic architecture characterised by its metallic structure mixed with bricks and stones allowing large openings and glass roofs.

The renovation of the building has beautified this landmarked architecture to which two modern wings have been added still in the theme of natural science.

The whole building is structure around a garden echoing the public park across the street in front of the historical institute of zoology. The hotel La Zoologie is also a neighbourhood landmark offering services such as a restaurant, a bar, an oysters bar, a spa, meeting facilities etc.

The Philosophy
HotelsT by F.T.

HotelsT is a family owned business of four hotels in Paris, one hotel in Sienna and now in Bordeaux. Our concept is based on a unique balance between design and boutique hotel. We offer a familial and creative feeling in refined interiors where every single details is thoughtfully comceived. Old stone walls, wood floors, intimate salons with fireplaces, diverse and rich artwork a modern setting; these are just some of the attributes to describe the warm and inviting atmosphere of our hotels. Our hotels display a wide range of extraordinary objects and art pieces from all around the world. The hotels’ collection is constantly replenished with a modern twist.

Our philosophy is to offer a personalised experience, an intellectual voyage and a call to each one’s curiosity with an exceptional accommodation and service. We want to make our guests feel like they are home while they fully experience Paris, Sienna or Bordeaux. hotelsT happily organised theme packages on demand as well as full assistance right from the airport.

Their unique character coupled with their exceptional locations in the heart of the historical Paris (saint- Germain des Pres and the 8th district) in the heart of the old city of Sienna and now Bordeaux, make the HotelsT the perfect escapade that our guests will remember and share with their family and friends.

The Concept

The HotelsT are proud to present their latest creation: La Zoologie in Bordeaux!

The hotel is composed of three wings around a garden and is of a four-star standard boutique hotel in Bordeaux.

Like in all its hotels, HotelsT is welcoming you in a property filled with History, the Institute of Zoology of Bordeaux, completely renovated.

Located in the city centre of Bordeaux, few steps away from the Bordeaux train station, this historical academic building, with a landmarked architecture, lets you take a unique journey, tinted by the glorious past of the Institute of Zoology, the study of natural sciences such as geology and botanic.

As always with the HotelsT, comfort and enjoyment are our prime priority, whether it is during a rooftop party or a week-long discovery escapade in the Gironde’s capital, Bordeaux. The familial and cosy warmth of the hotel La Zoologie, the personnel professionalism, the quality of our kitchen, the comfort of the rooms and our unique knowledge of Bordeaux will make you feel like a real Bordelais at home.

A Little bit of History

The Institute for Zoology was built in the beginning of the 20th century between 1900 and 1903. The project was conducted by a renowned architect, Ernest Lacombe, who participated to many important projects in Bordeaux, such as the city library ‘Mably’, the Chamber of Trade and the grands magasins known as the ’Nouvelles Galeries’. He also played an important role in the renovation of the ‘Grand Theatre’ in Bordeaux.

When the Institute of Zoology opened in 1903, the building had two parts, one for the sciences in zoology and another one for the sciences in biology. The building also hosted a large amphitheatre which was knocked down later on. The ground level was then elevated from the street level in order to isolate the laboratories.

The main building hosted a museum, a large room for sciences’ testings and laboratories. In the corner building there was a large amphitheatre of 60 seats, more laboratories and another experimental room.

The project was conceived as the starting point of the larger opening of the Cours Barbey in Bordeaux. Its architecture is typical of the end of the 19th century mixing different materials such as stone, bricks, iron and glass, making it a landmark building in the architectural history and academic buildings in Bordeaux.

The Rooms at the Zoology Hotel

The Hotel of the Zoology comprises 40 rooms distributed among three levels and three wings. The Geology wing and the Botanic wing have a view onto the court garden and the streets on the sides of the hotel. The rooms in the Zoology wing look upon the Cours de la Marne and the Andre Meunier square. These later rooms also have a direct access to a passageway overlooking at the hotel garden.

All our rooms offer the following services: individual AC and heat; bathrobes; slippers; courtesy tray; mineral water; free wifi; flat screen TV with a large choice of international channels; queen or king size bed; separate shower and for some rooms a bathtub from Inbani; separated toilet; a safe; a Nespresso machine in the Duplex rooms and the Duplex Terrace; magnifying mirror; hair dryer and heated towel rail…

The hotel has two rooms specifically designed to accommodate guests with reduced mobility.

4-star standard hotel in Bordeaux in the Institute of Zoology

With the recent development of the fast train, Bordeaux is only two hours away from Paris and the Bordeaux train station has become another dynamic central neighbourhood of Bordeaux. The Zoology hotel is a boutique hotel located near the train station and in the newly redeveloped neighborhood close to the heart of Bordeaux and close to Paris.

The Zoology hotel in Bordeaux is located in the historical building of the Institute of Zoology, Cours de la Marne, few steps away from the TGV train station. The historical landmark, built in the beginning of the 20th century, was completely renovated and transformed into a hotel while beautifying the landmarked academic architecture: glass roofs, old stones and metallic structures.

The hotel is opened onto the city of Bordeaux with a direct access to the tram and buses on the Cours de la Marne while keeping a calm and peaceful environment on the rue Ferbos and Cours Barbey. The relaxing environment is sustained by the interior garden, making the Zoology hotel a very unique and exceptional place in Bordeaux.

The intellectual atmosphere of the place, highlighted by the presence of multiple pieces of handpicked artwork, invite the traveller to a special journey in the outstanding city of Bordeaux.

A Design Hotel in the Heart of Bordeaux

From the design hotel La Zoologie in Bordeaux, you can easily discover by foot the UNESCO heritage site of Bordeaux. The classical and neoclassical architectural features of the city have encountered next to zero change within the past two centuries -with the exception of few essential but discrete planning features. From the Zoology hotel, you will find yourself directly in the historical centre of Bordeaux. It is an ideal start to meet the wealth of Bordeaux architecture.

You will be able to discover the Tour Pey-Berland, the Cathedral Saint-Andre and then the Rohan Palace, a former archiepiscopal palace that hosts now the Beaux-Arts.

You can continue toward the Dijeaux gate, opening onto the Gambetta square to reach then the Grand Theatre. Following the Cours du Chapeau Rouge, you will meet the royal architectural standard strolling toward the Place de la Bourse, the landmarked representation of Bordeaux.

Before reaching back the Zoology hotel, have a special photographic approach of the Place de la Bourse, a 18th century masterpiece that has transformed the city in its whole core. The famous water mirror has inspired modernisation projects in Lyon and Paris, and is a key symbol of the past modernist project of Bordeaux. To wrap up your opening journey, leave the Medieval quarter Saint-Pierre by the Cailhau gate, a Renaissance piece in honour of the King Charles VIII in 1494. If you wish to continue further, you will find the Public Garden, the Pond de Pierre and the large square Quinconces.

Do ask the front desk for further activities for the rest of your stay at La Zoologie…


The La Zoologie team, our hotel in Bordeaux, welcomes you 24/7 in the heart of Bordeaux.

The HotelsT emphasise the quality of services, welcoming and personalisation of our guests’ experience. Therefore, our team are at your service 24/7 to guide you and advise you to make the most of your stay.

The hotel La Zoologie offers a wide range of services from the most classic one to the most specific one, a bridge between a 4-star standard hotel and the uniqueness of the HotelsT.

In addition to the restaurant, the bar and the spa, you can find the following services:

Services and equipment for your comfort:

• Lift
• Front desk opened 24/7
• Daily newspapers at the front desk (international and domestic press)
• AC
• Double glazing windows
• Direct phone line
• Individual safe
• Bathrobe and slippers
• Laundry service
• Flat screen TV with a large choice of international channels
Free Wi-Fi access everywhere in the hotel
• Spa featuring a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and sensory shower as well as 2 cabins for face and body treatments. Access to the spa is not possible for kids below 16. The spa is opened from 10am to 9pm. If the access to the spa is not included in your reservation, you will be charged 25 euros/pers/day.
• A fitness room (free access from 6am to 11:59pm)
• A Restaurant
• A oyster bar
• A rooftop
• Meeting facilities
• Terrace and garden

On Request Services:

• Continental breakfast served in room
• Baby bed (upon availabilities) – Request should be made 24 hrs before your arrival
• VIP welcome
• Taxi reservation
• Dinner reservation
• Bike rental
• Early Check-in / late Check-out
• Planning of an excursion
• Business meetings
• Cocktails diner
• Special event parties
• Do not hesitate to contact us for planning your stay!
• Most of the historical Bordeaux is accessible by foot in few minutes.


At HotelstT we know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, therefore we give it a very special attention!

Breakfast are served from 7am to 9am in the hotel bar.

The breakfast rate is at 19euros/person and 9euros for kids below 9.

In the breakfast room, you will find a cold buffet with a choice of handpicked local products, warm drinks, juices including fresh squeezed orange juice, fruits salad prepared on site, a choice of cheese, breads, cereals, spreads and fruits, as well as a warm buffet with fried bacon, scrambled eggs and upon request sunny-side up or soft-boiled eggs.

Breakfast can be served in your room: a continental breakfast with a choice of coffee, tea, chocolate, milk, pastries, bread, butter, jam, yogurt, fruit puree, juice…

If you like to wake up early or are in the run, we can propose an Express breakfast. Served between 6 and 7am and upon request, the Express Breakfast offers a warm drink, a juice, and a pastry. Its cost is 9 euros/pers. Please make sure to request it before 8pm the day before.

In addition, we also offer the possibility to ask our chef for specific fresh and local products.

On Sundays, a brunch is served indoor or on the terrace of the hotel. From 10am to 2:30pm, a cold and warm buffet is served. The brunch is at 32euros/pers. and 17euros for kids below 9.


Plan your stay

The Zoologie Hotel is a charming hotel in the center of Bordeaux, Near the Gare de Saint-Jean on the Left Bank of the Garonne.
It is an atypical quarter of Bordeaux is located between the Opera National of Bordeaux, the Place of the Parliament and the market of the Capucines.

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