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Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in southwest France, with an estimated (2008) population of 250,082. Bordeaux is the world's major wine industry capital. It is home to the world's main wine fair, while the wine economy in the metro area moves 14.5 billion euros each year. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the eighth century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century.


Bordeaux's climate is usually classified as an oceanic climate. Substantial summer rainfall prevents its climate from being classified as Mediterranean. Winters are mild because of the prevalence of westerly winds from the Atlantic. Summers are warm and long due to the influence from the Bay of Biscay.


Bordeaux is an important road and motorway junction. The city is connected to Paris by the A10 motorway, with Lyon by the A89, with Toulouse by the A62, and with Spain by the A63.

The main railway station, Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean, near the centre of the city, has 4 million passengers a year. It is served by the TGV, that gets to Paris in three hours, with connections to major European centres such as, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Geneva and London.

Bordeaux is served by an international airport, Aéroport de Bordeaux Mérignac, located 8 km from the city centre in the suburban city of Mérignac.
Bordeaux has an important public transport system called Tram et Bus de la CUB (TBC). This company is run by the Keolis group. The network is operated from 5 am to 1 am  and consists of:

  • 3 tram lines (A, B and C)
  • 75 bus routes, all connected to the tramway network (from 1 to 96)
  • 13 night bus routes (from 1 to 16)
  • An electric bus shuttle in the city centre
  • A boat shuttle on the Garonne river

There had been several plans for a subway network to be set up but they were not progressed for both geological and financial reasons.

There are more than 400 taxicabs in Bordeaux.

Hotel rooms in various price categories in the city of Bordeaux have been reserved for the Space Propulsion 2012 being held in Bordeaux, France on 7 to 10 May 2012. The hotels offer rooms in the following price ranges:


Room type

Single use

Double use

Ibis Le Lac


€ 105,00

€ 115,00

Mercure Le Lac




Novotel Le Lac




Pullmann Aquitania




Rates are per room per night, including breakfast, and all applicable taxes.
Rooms are subject to availability.

Online bookings

Individual participants can book their hotel room via internet. Should your preferred arrival and/or departure date not be available online please book the dates available and contact the Space Propulsion Hotel Department to arrange the additional nights.
A global deposit of € 150,00 is required to guarantee your room reservation. Please forward a copy of your bank transfer or settle with your credit card. Each participant will receive a confirmation / invoice. Hotel reservations without payment within 10 days after confirmation sent by Congrex Travel, cannot be accepted and will be released. Final payment has to be made before 26 March 2012 to Congrex Travel. Please don’t send any payments to the hotel.

Group bookings

For requests of more than 8 rooms, different conditions will be applied and a group contract will be set up. Please contact Space Propulsion Hotel Department for more information.

Booking policy

All requests will be handled on a “first come-first served basis”. Hotel bookings will be guaranteed till 26 March 2012. On or after this deadline, requests will be accepted, however, hotel accommodation is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed anymore. Also, after this deadline, bookings are only possible against full payment by credit card. An additional late booking fee of € 30,00 will be charged after 26 March 2012.

Change, cancellation and refund policy
Any change of reservations need to be communicated to Space Propulsion Hotel Department via e-mail and will be subject to a handling fee of € 30,00. Please do not contact the hotel directly.
If your reservation is cancelled before 26 March 2012, the deposit will be refunded, less a € 60,00 handling fee. If your reservation is cancelled on or after this date no refunds can be made.

Accommodation Payment information
Advanced payment can be made in € (Euro) by any of the following ways:

  1. Visa, MasterCard or AMEX holders may use their credit cards for charging all costs. A secure payment link will be send which can be used to settle the payment.
  2. Bank transfers in € (Euro). The bank details are as followed:


CH – 4002 Basel

Congrex Travel AG, Switzerland
Account: 233-595400.60G
IBAN: CH62 0023 3233 5954 0060 G
Swift: UBS WCH ZH80A
 Please mention as payment reference Space, your last name and invoice number(s). Banking fees should be included at senders’ expense.
Contact details
For further information about hotel related topics, please do not hesitate to contact Space Propulsion Hotel Department:

Gemma van Bakel – Douwens
Congrex Travel
Phone number: +31 20 5040 218
Fax number: +31 20 5040 225
E-mail address:

Hotel rooms in various price categories in the city of Bordeaux have been reserved for the Space Propulsion 2012 being held on 7 to 10 May 2012.

All rates are indicated in EURO and include breakfast, service, taxes and VAT. All rates are net rates and are subject to change in case of VAT changes.

Kindly note that the contingents are being offered to various companies and delegates simultaneously and are sold on a first come - first serve basis. Early reservation is highly recommended. For groups: having received your written confirmation with your full postal address, we will establish a room allocation contract together with an invoice for the first deposit. For individuals: having received your online reservation and your first deposit, the reservation will be seen as confirmed.

For additional information please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to collaborating with you on this occasion.

With kind regards,

Space Propulsion Hotel Department, Congrex Travel
PO Box 302
1000 AH Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Direct phone number   : +31 20 5040 218
Direct fax number     : +31 20 5040 225
E-mail address          :

4* hotels information

Pullmann Bordeaux Aquitania

Avenue Jean Gabriel Domergue, 33300 Bordeaux Le Lac

80 rooms
Standard room for single use: € 160
Standard room for double use: € 185
Superior room for single use: € 185
Superior room for double use: € 205

Located by Bordeaux Lake, a 15-minute drive from central Bordeaux, the Pullman Bordeaux Aquitania features a gourmet restaurant and bar, an outdoor swimming pool and well-equipped, individually decorated rooms. A wide choice of whiskies, cocktails and local aperitifs are on offer in the hotel bar. Enjoy original variations of traditional French cuisine in the Pullman’s restaurant. In the summertime you can dine on the outdoor terrace. Free private parking is provided. The hotel offers direct access to Saint-Emilion, the Médoc vineyards, Arcachon, the beaches of the Atlantic Coast and the famous Dune du Pyla. Bordeaux’s exhibition and conference centres are nearby.

Location: 110 m by foot (1 minute)



3* hotels information

Novotel Bordeaux Le Lac

Avenue Jean Gabriel Domergue, 33300 Bordeaux Le Lac

110 rooms
Standard room for single use: € 130,00                                  
Standard room for double use: € 145,00

Novotel Bordeaux Lac sits on the shore of Lake Bordeaux, conveniently between the convention centre and exhibition centre. It offers standard and superior guestrooms. This Novotel is just 15 minutes from the city centre and close to the many of the regions world-famous vineyards Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Novotel Café with 24/7 à la carte service. The hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace overlooking the lake.

Location: 350m  by foot (4 minutes)



Mercure Bordeaux Le Lac

Rue du grand Barail, Quartier du Lac, 33300 Bordeaux Le Lac         

60 rooms
Standard room for single use: € 130                                       
Standard room for double use: € 150
Superior room for single use: € 145                                        
Superior room for double use: € 165


This Mercure hotel is a 5-minute walk from the convention and exhibition centres in the outskirts of Bordeaux. It offers air-conditioned rooms with flat screen satellite TV. Each guest room also has a private bathroom with bathtub. Free Wi-Fi access is provided in the entire Mercure Bordeaux Le Lac. The Bar de l'Echanson restaurant serves traditional French cuisine and a vast selection of wines by the glass. Breakfast is available daily. The Mercure Bordeaux Lac is just a 2-minute walk from Le Lac (lake) and Bordeaux Casino. It is 4 km from the Bordeaux city centre and has easy access to the ring-road. Free private parking is possible on site.

Location: 450m by foot (5 minutes)



2* hotels information

Ibis Hotel Bordeaux Le Lac

Rue du Petit Barail, Quartier du Lac, 33300 Bordeaux Le Lac           

50 rooms
Standard room for single use: € 105,00                                  
Standard room for double use: € 115,00

The Ibis Bordeaux le Lac hotel is 10 minutes by car from the centre of Bordeaux. Located on the bank of the Lac de Bordeaux, near the Exhibition Centre and Convention Centre, the hotel offers 108 air-conditioned rooms for booking. It has a bar open 24/24, private and closed outdoor parking and 2 meeting rooms for seminars and conferences. The Courtepaille restaurant is part of the hotel. Guests on business trips have Wifi Internet access.

Location: 400m by foot (5 minutes)

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