Possibly Saint-Jean-de-Luz or Donibane Lohizune, which is its name in Basque, had not been moved from being a little fishermen town if Louis XIVth, the great Sun King, first than nobody else, would not celebrate his marriage with the daughter of the Spanish King Felipe IV, Infanta María Teresa de Austria, or even more if, some years later, Emperor Napoleon IIIth and his wife Eugenia de Montijo would not seen it as an amazing place for their summer leisure time, and something that came with the time, to have sea baths. At that time passed through this city all the crowned heads of Europe and worldwide important people.
But, in spite of that, the urban landscape of Donibane Lohizue scarcely changed during practically the whole XXth century. It will take until the latest years of the century to see deep changes encouraged by new tourist infrastructures. These were times in which Hôtel Terminus, the predecessor of Gran Hôtel and flagship of the city, ruled over all others. Devastated by a fire in 1904, Hôtel Terminus had to be completely rebuilt giving place to a more lavish and huge venue that took the name of Hôtel Modern.
In 1982 Hôtel Modern was put up for sale again, completely changed and restored, giving back to the structure this way all the luxury it once had and being renamed as Grand Hôtel
Reminding the old sites for sea-baths in Donibane Lohizune, it was added to the hotel in 2007 that space, which over the years, has caused the hotel be awarded, in 2019, Global Winner Luxury Spa Hotel.
Grand Hôtel Thalasso & Spa has been recently renewed knowing how to conserve all the chaming details that made of it the great place it once was: its coffered ceilings, its cabochon marbles and its huge wooden staircase, all of this composing a completely rejuvenated joint.
Grand Hôtel reveals by using its chic Art Decó inspired decoration, the secret luxury of a charming 5 stars hotel at the very heart of Donibane Lohizune, owner of sea facing views over the Atlantic Ocean.
Its restaurant “Aho fina” really worths a visit because of its location and because of how the local products are valued.