Thermotel is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Dax, offering a budget friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.
You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a kitchenette, and you can stay connected during your stay as Thermotel offers guests free wifi.
The hotel features 24 hour front desk and newspaper. For guests with a vehicle, there is paid private parking available on-site.
When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Le Bistrot des Vignes, Le lounge, and Millésimes, which are some wine bars that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.
There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular architectural buildings such as Arènes de Dax.
Enjoy your stay in Dax!
I booked two rooms via Booking.com. For some reason the price was substantially more expensive than if I had booked direct and the rooms were probably the worst in the hotel. We were given two ground floor rooms on the road side - in fact the road was just a few feet away from the room and as this is a busy main road it meant that opening the window was very noisy. But the heat in the room, even on a not especially warm day was overwhelming! It was very hard to sleep. Added to that, this is an old fashioned hotel where the rooms have not been decorated since the 1960s or 1970s, with bathrooms in the same style.
I confess to a certain eccentricity that most probably comes with age and my stating that Mrs Brainiac and I enjoyed our stay immensely at Thermotel could probably be construed as the ravings of an eccentric madman. But there are reasons for our opinion. Dax is known throughout France (and Germany, and Italy, etc.) as the center for therapeutic thermal baths and treatments and, to be blunt, there did not seem to us to be much more to recommend the town as a stop during our two-week drive around the southwest region. But we were driving our way from the Dordogne Valley to Bayonne and Biarritz, and having read of the hot mud baths and hot thermal baths, and also because we got started on the road pretty late, we found ourselves within view of Dax and in need of a hotel. Driving through Dax and around the circular inner route, we looked up and saw the Thermotel sign. So we stopped. Thermotel is an inexpensive hotel. Our room cost 55 euros. It is a no-frills hotel with high speed internet, functional rooms that are more like dormitories with small kitchens, an urban ambience, and two things that make it a hidden gem. The first is the staff. Mrs B and I have never ever been treated with the kindness, charm and hospitality shown by the Thermotel staff: all of them. In particular, Annie at the front desk welcomed us and spent the next 90 minutes explaining the rooms and the available treatments. So that we could be accommodated at the spa, she called the head nurse at home to ensure we could be taken for treatment the next day. She even took up a position on the street to wave off cars from parking in front of the hotel as I attempted to move our car closer in. All this took her over an hour past her shift. Also credit is due to Joseé, the head nurse, who took both of us under her wing and escorted us the next day through hot mud baths and various water treatments that one can only imagine. We left wondering how we could ever repay the kindness we were shown: a feeling we have never felt when leaving a hotel. The second is the spa itself, which is located in space connected to the hotel. The spa is typically used by Europeans by the week and is paid for by the various European socialized medicine systems. In other words, if you get a doctor’s prescription for the spa, your government pays for it. Day visitors are not the norm, but Annie and Joseé saw to it that we could experience it. A hot mud pack and wrap (if your own nudity bothers you, forget it) with a hose down, and two massage pools in thermal water set us back $30 euros each and it was worth every last centime. As one might expect, thermal treatments and hot mud seems to appeal more to the elderly set and gray hair is on display in the lobby at Thermotel. Even so, because we enjoy slipping into cultures other than our own, we had a wonderful time here experiencing a slice of European life that few American tourists would bother with or see the charm in. Now I just need to check to see if Medicare would pay for a three week treatment for my rheumatism. Thermotel is not your typical tourist destination, but well worth a visit for those who want to experience a slice of French life.…