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Es­cape the busy streets of Bordeaux by check­ing-in to this bou­tique city-cen­tre oa­sis. Named af­ter the ivy that hugs its ter­race, this 18th-cen­tury man­sion of­fers 18 charm­ing rooms, each with en-suite bath­rooms. The wooden floors and grand his­toric stair­case give the ho­tel a warm and au­then­tic feel. Around five min­utes’ walk from the ho­tel are the Al­lées de Tourny, Bordeaux’s lux­ury shop­ping and din­ing quar­ter. It’s

also just a ten-minute walk to one of the old­est the­atres in Europe, the Grand Théâtre, where you can en­joy an opera or bal­let. Once you’ve taken in all the sights of the city, you can re­lax with an even­ing apéri­tif in the court­yard. A plen­ti­ful break­fast in­cludes lo­cally-baked crois­sants and fresh bread, home­made jams and freshly-pressed or­ange. Dou­bles from €105, break­fast €12 Tel: (Fr) 5 56 51 92 71 ho­tel-maison­

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