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La Zoologie  4 star luxury boutique hotel in Bordeaux

The HotelsT family group is proud to present its new addition: a luxury hotel in Bordeaux. Located in the dynamic neighborhood of the Saint-Jean Station that has been completely renewed for the coming opening of the new Paris-Bordeaux line by bullet train in 2-hour time, this 4-star hotel will occupy an historical building on the Cours de la Marne: The Institute of Zoology.

A boutique hotel
in the heart of the institut
of Zoologie in Bordeaux

Built at the very beginning of the 20th century (1900-1903) by architect Ernest Lacombe, the Institute of Zoology is a testimony of the novelty of academic architecture from this time, bringing together materials such as bricks, stones, metallic structures allowing then to support large openings and glass roofs.

This majestic architecture will be beautified through a complete renovation of the historical building to which two modern wings will be added in the spirit of the history of the place that is the Natural Sciences.

The whole structure will open onto a garden in the court-side turned toward the magnificent historical building of the Institute of Zoology.

The interior design will favor natural and organic material such as wood and clay with a modern and contemporary twist.

This noticeable new site will offer to its hotel’s customers and to residents of Bordeaux upgraded services in a restaurant, a bar, meeting accommodations and a spa.

The Philosophy
HotelsT by F.T.

HotelsT is a family business regrouping six hotels, five in Paris and one in Siena. Our concept is based on a unique equilibrium between design and boutique hotels. We offer a friendly, cozy and creative atmosphere in a refined and detailed ensemble. Old stone walls, wood floors, intimate salons with fireplaces, diverse and rich artwork in a modern design 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 personalized experience, an intellectual voyage and a call to each one’s curiosity with exceptional accommodation and service. We want to make our guests feel like they are home while they fully experience Paris. HotelsT happily organize themes 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 Prés and the 8th district) and in the heart of the old city of Siena make these hotels the perfect escapade that our guests will remember and share with their friends and family.

The Concept

HotelsT is proud to present its latest creation, the Hôtel de la Zoologie in Bordeaux! Composed of three wings around garden, this charming 4-star hotel will be delighted to welcome you in the center of Bordeaux.

As in all its other hotels, HotelsT welcomes you to a place filled with history: the ancient Bordeaux Zoology Institute renovated with a modern twist. Located in the center of Bordeaux, few steps away from Bordeaux train station, this former university building with its typical Bordeaux architecture will welcome you for an unusual adventure in a setting inspired by the Institute’s past, Zoology and the study of natural sciences such as Geology and Biology.

As always at the HotelsT we aim to make your stay the most pleasant, whether it is for one evening on our rooftop or when you shall discover the Gironde’s capital for a week or more! The warm and family atmosphere of the Hôtel de la Zoologie, the professionalism of our staff, the flavors of our cuisine, the intimacy of our rooms and our local knowledge of the smallest secrets of Bordeaux will make you feel like a true Bordelais at home.

A real cocoon opened to the outside world, the Hôtel de la Zoologie is also a living place in the district of St Jean train station in Bordeaux. Its bar, restaurant and oysters’ bar promote exchanges between travelers staying at the hotel and the inhabitants of the Gironde’s city.

While in Bordeaux, you will be able to observe the Bordeaux’s way of life while having the comfort and privacy of a luxury 4-star hotel by HotelsT.

The philosophy of HotelsT remains the same as in its other hotels offering an intellectual journey within an exceptional setting filled with History, seeking to arouse everyone’s curiosity through a collection of art objects and collections from all over the world, and a customized experience.


The Institute of Zoology was built between 1900 and 1903. The project was entrusted to the architect Ernest Lacombe, well known in Bordeaux for his participation in many important projects such as the Mably public library, the Chamber of Commerce and the department stores of the Nouvelles Galeries; he also participated in the renovation of the great Bordeaux theatre.

When it was inaugurated in 1903, the Institute was composed of two parts, one for Zoology and the other for Biology. The building was also equipped with an auditorium which was destroyed later on. The ground floor was also raised to isolate the laboratories from the street level.

The main building included a museum, a large experimental room and laboratories. The corner building was equipped with a 60-seat auditorium, laboratories and another experimental room.

It is the first project to open the Cours Barbey in Bordeaux. Its architecture of stone, brick, iron and glass, makes it a monumental building representative of the late 19th Century and an historical landmark in Bordeaux.

Rooms – Zoologie Hotel

The Hotel de la Zoologie in Bordeaux offers 40 rooms on 3 levels divided into 3 wings. The two wings of Geology and Botany both overlook at the hotel’s adjacent streets and the interior garden.

The rooms in the Zoology wing overlook the Cours de la Marne and Place André Meunier. The latter also have a small separate balcony overlooking the hotel’s interior garden.

In all our rooms you will find a Nespresso machine and Devialet speakers allowing you to perfect your immersion in the atmosphere of the Hôtel de la Zoologie in Bordeaux. Two of our rooms are accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Zoology Theme

Botany Theme

Geology Theme


At HotelsT we focus on the quality of greetings and services provided and the personalization of your stay. This is why our teams are at your disposal 24/7 to guide you, advise you and above all to meet your needs.

Thus, HotelsT offer you many services from the most classic to the most specific, between the standard services of a 4-star hotel and those more exclusive that make the charm of HotelsT.

In addition to access to the gourmet restaurant, bar and spa, we offer various services as listed below.


• Elevator
• 24-hour front-desk
• Daily newspapers, including international newspapers
• Air conditioning
• Double glazing
• Direct line telephone
• Individual safe
• Laundry service
• Flat screen television
Wi-Fi access
• Room Service

On request:

• Continental breakfast in room
• Baby bed
• VIP welcome
• Taxi booking
• Dinner booking
• Bicycle rental
• Early Check-in or late Check-out
• Tourist Office (organization and advice)
• Seminars
• Cocktails
• Reception
• Film events
• Restaurant
• Bar
• Rooftop
• Spa
• Fitness room
• Room rental for fitness, yoga or other courses



At HotelsT we know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, that’s why we give it a particular focus. Breakfast is served from 7am to 10:30am (15€ per person, free for children under 12).

For your breakfast in the heart of Bordeaux, we suggest you take it in your room with a continental breakfast composed of your choice: Coffee, Tea, chocolate, milk, pastries, fresh bread, rusks, butter, jams, yoghurts, fruit puree, juices…

You can also go down to the hotel’s restaurant to enjoy a buffet with a choice of hot drinks, juices including freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit salad prepared on site, cheeses, toast, cereals, Nutella, fruits basket and a hot buffet with grilled bacon, scrambled eggs and on-demand boiled or fried eggs or more…

In addition you can also order fresh and local products from our chef.


Boutique Hotel Zoologie plan


4 star hotel in Bordeaux in the former Institute of Zoology


Until then, a beautiful boutique hotel in Bordeaux, near the train station, was sorely lacking. Now that a new TGV line gets you to the Aquitaine region in only two hours from Paris, the neighborhood is more alive than ever. The hotel Zoologie in Bordeaux is the place to be in the district.

This new hotel in Bordeaux is built inside the walls of the former Zoology Institute, from which it gets most of its inspiration regarding interior decoration, creating what resembles a curiosity cabinet. Since it is a boutique hotel, guests can also buy furniture, art or china to bring back a very special and tasteful memory home. The history of the building can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th century, which makes it an exceptional testimony of Bordeaux’s academic fame.


This rare boutique hotel in Bordeaux is situated Cours de la Marne, a two-minute walk away from the train station. If you look toward the Cours de la Marne, you will get access to public transportation. In France, tramways and buses timetables and circuits are very easy to understand for they are usually run by one company only.

On the other side of the building, the rue Ferbos and the Cours Barbey are quieter, and echo the serenity of the hotel’s indoor garden. In this ideal atmosphere, the traveler will be able to plan an unforgettable trip around the capital of the Aquitaine. As soon as travelers settle in this 4 star hotel in Bordeaux, the will experience the rich cultural and intellectual heritage of this wonderful city.


Thanks to the hotel restaurant, they will also be able to get a taste of French gastronomy, the best appetizer for the mind there is.

A charming hotel in the heart of the city of Bordeaux


Ideally situated, the hotel Zoologie in Bordeaux is at walking distance from city center. In less than five minutes, you will be walking the streets of a city which was elected to the UNESCO world heritage. The classical and neoclassical architecture has been perfectly preserved, and Bordeaux is pretty much the same as it was two centuries ago – but with all the modern commodities.


Once out of your boutique hotel in Bordeaux, you can start by going through “la Grosse Cloche” (the big bell), a medieval door which use to symbolize the municipal power – then free from the French yoke. Then walk up the Duffour Dubergier street and leave the Aquitaine museum to your left so as to arrive at the Hotel de Ville, one of the most impressive monuments gathering of the city.

Here, you are still pretty close to your 4 star hotel in Bordeaux, where you will get back to, but not before finishing your tour of Bordeaux’s most interesting monuments. On your way back to your boutique hotel in Bordeaux, after getting through the Porte Dijeaux, you cannot miss the place de la Bourse, which became famous thanks to its water mirror, one of the first ones in Europe.


Before that, if you have time to linger on and if you feel like you can wait a little longer before visiting the beautiful vineyards around your hotel in Bordeaux, take a look at the esplanade des Quinconces, a monumental square, chill out in the Jardin Public, or get across le Pont de Pierre, an impressive bridge crossing the powerful Garonne river.

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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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