Staying at Hotel Arcé is a destination in itself as this House combines a heritage that is at once historical, culinary and natural, characteristic of the Basque Country. You’ll stop here to discover the terroir, you’ll come back for the owners’ warm family welcome, and especially for the authentic haven of peace it offers.
The hotel is punctuated by objects full of history, family furniture and a warm atmosphere that makes you feel at home.
Here it’s not the road that surrounds the hotel, but rather the water of the Nive river from Urepel and the mountains. You’ll take turns relaxing on the terrace shaded by hundred-year-old plane trees planted by Octavie, barefoot along the river or by the pool. The utmost is done to ensure a return to the basics in nature’s serenity.
Immersion in the regional culture begins with a breakfast of typical dishes such as local ham, sheep’s milk curds and Basque cake. The jam is homemade and the produce is local, all served in the relaxing setting of the terrace or the veranda, lulled by the gentle sound of the river.
The House’s reputation has been built over more than a century and a half. Originally, in 1864, “Au bon vin du pays” was a modest café in the hollow of the Basque mountains, transformed a few years later into an inn welcoming pilgrims and merchants. Decades have passed and tradition remains the essence of this home.
The Arcé House is characterized by the preservation and transmission of a tangible heritage (the café which became a family hotel) as well as an intangible heritage (recipes and culinary skills). Since 1864, each generation has enriched and adapted the hotel to the needs of their time, thus ensuring its longevity. Over the decades a strong establishment has been built. It is now the children’s turn, Pascal et Christine, the 6th generation, to continue writing the House’s story.