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“A Jewel in the Sun” 5 of 5 stars
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La Posada del Castillo B&B
60 rue Barbacane, 11000 Carcassonne, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 64 Carcassonne B&B and Inns
New Forest National Park, United Kingdom
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“A Jewel in the Sun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

You may think previous reviews are too good to be true. They are actually completely accurate and almost do justice to the exceptional holiday experience that Lola and Enrique have fashioned out of the only converted bakery to come complete with stained glass window. Carcassonne is a wonderful place to visit, but it is their thoughtful attention to every aspect of your stay which makes even a few days with Lola and Enrique truly unique. To sit outside the Posada on a hot summer's night under the floodlight walls of the old city listening to tales of Cathars and Kings is an unforgettable pleasure. Our informative, helpful and most gracious hosts deserve every compliment they receive. They work hard to make your stay easy , and are well worth their number one rating. Theresa and Dave .

Room Tip: There is no such thing as a bad room in this Posada.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Posada11, Propriétaire at La Posada del Castillo B&B, responded to this review, August 3, 2013
Hello !
Quel plaisir de lire ces mots que vous avez eu la gentillesse d'écrire sur ce site ! We appreciate our discussions and stories on the terrace and all the moment we meet you , because you are always happy and smiling, and we love that !
Without a car , you visit a lot of things and I still remember this day at the train station running to catch a bus !
We wish you a great summer and send you our best memories.

Très cordialement
Enrique & Lola
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Newcastle, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We had a fantastic weekend to celebrate my mothers 90th birthday. Sitting on the terrace watching the Bastille Day fireworks was breathtaking. WHAT A VIEW! Enrique and Lola could not have been more attentive and welcoming. They had organised a wonderful birthday dinner with a special cake, local champagne and wines. The four bedrooms were very comfortable, clean and new, decorated in different styles to reflect the local history. Breakfasts were lovely sitting on the terrace looking at the Castille.
The B&B is within easy walking distance of the Castille and the river. Set in a quiet backstreet beside a centuries old chapel, the site has an ancient history which Enrique explains with eloquence. His wide local knowledge helped in choosing our itinerary and restaurants.
Parking was easy in the nearby church square.
Carcassonne is a wonderful city to visit and La Posada del Castillo is a great place from which to explore the city and the region.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Posada11, Gérant at La Posada del Castillo B&B, responded to this review, July 30, 2013
Hi Rose from Sunny Carcassonne !
We were very happy to contribute to this memorable anniversary.
It was a pleasure to share this unique night in Carcassonne (and probably in France) from the terrace of La Posada.
We send a kiss to your lovely mom and hope meet you again .
Have a great and happy summer !
Enrique & Lola
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Wirral
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

My partner and I just got back after four nights at La Posada and we can't recommend it highly enough. Enrique and Laurence gave us such a warm welcome and the place is so nice. The rooms are beautiful- real attention to detail, it's clear a lot of thought went into the decor. In fact the same goes for everything there- the place is clearly a labour of love for them and I agree with many of the other reviewers that you feel like you're staying with friends- just little things like when you come back exhausted and they appear with a cold drink for you, really kind. Breakfast was lovely- very relaxed in the garden and they'll pack up anything you don't eat to take with you for the day. As you can see from the photos the location is fab- so close to everything without being within the walls which I think could feel a bit claustrophobic. Enrique and Laurence are so pleasant and always around when you need them- we got loads of tips from them of places to see and tourist traps to avoid, and they really went out of their way to make sure we got good reservations for our evening meals (and then we got star treatment at the restaurants too!) Le Jardin d'ete in particular is absolutely gorgeous. We didn't have a hire car with us and they offered us lifts to the station and airport which made life so much easier. I'm sure there are lots of nice places to stay in and around Carcassonne but I doubt there's another Enrique or Laurence in any of them! (Thank you both for making our holiday so enjoyable!)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Posada11, Propriétaire at La Posada del Castillo B&B, responded to this review, July 28, 2013
Thank you for all the compliments and as you now know, our idea of ​​a b & b is to make you feel at home(Any worries because we never forget that you're on vacation!). Also thank you to you for your kindness and good mood everyday. We sincerely hope to see you again and we wish you a Great and Happy summer !
On vous embrasse en vous souhaitant plein de bonheur,
Enrique & Lola
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

My wife and I had the privilege of staying at Posada del Castillo for ten days in June. This B&B is superlative. The Carcassonne castle is a short walk (~10 min.) from the B&B. From the beautiful Posada patio there is a spectacular view of the Carcassonne castle. Enhanced with a glass of wine, this scene is particularly alluring at night when the castle is illuminated by floodlights. We were scheduled to stay only three nights after which we had a flight scheduled to England. However, because of an air controller strike in France, this flight was cancelled. By juggling other reservations, Enrique managed to extend our stay, which resulted in us occupying three different rooms. Each room was clean, comfortable and very well appointed. The showers are excellent. Lola’s artistic talents are evidenced by the appealing room decorations. Enrique and Lola are friendly, charming and most gracious hosts. They are always smiling and happy. At breakfast they initiate and engage in excellent conversation with guests (they speak several languages). Enrique was incredibly helpful in suggesting great places for us to visit. Fortunately, we followed his suggestions. This included a couple of outstanding restaurants. Enrique and Lola made us feel so at home that we sorely regretted leaving them at the end of our stay. After we returned home we received several nice e-mails from them, one of which included the comment that after we left their B&B seemed a bit empty without us. We are already thinking about when we can return to Posada del Castillo. The downside for us is that with stellar TripAdvisor reviews such as this we will need to book a room many months in advance! One word of advice: a GPS is highly recommended to guide you to the Posada del Castillo.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Posada11, Propriétaire at La Posada del Castillo B&B, responded to this review, July 13, 2013
What a pleasure to read your comments about your stay at La Posada. When you return to Carcassonne we think you can easily find a job as a tour operator in the region. You too have been gracious hosts and with whom we have enjoyed sharing the "improvised" holidays. We became fans of "andalousite" and we really hope to see you again. Take care and "let's check it out !". We wish you a Great , Happy and Funny Summer ! Cheers
Enrique & Lola
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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Beautiful part of France, Lola &Enrique are the most friendliest hosts you could find anywhere, they make you feel at home. We had a lovely week in their b&b, didn't want to leave. Enrique is so happy talking about is lovely city,which he knows a lot about, and sweet Lola always smiling,no wonder they are the number 1on trip advisor.
Best wishes from Margaret &Brian

Room Tip: Our room had a view of the castle
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Posada11, Propriétaire at La Posada del Castillo B&B, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Bonjour !
We are sincerely happy that you liked your stay at La Posada . You have discovered and visited the region and all such different places and this stay was perfect. thank you for the pictures (they are going to join our collection!). Make the most of your grand tour of Europe!
We wish you a Great Summer and don't forget to tell us whane you're at home.
Cheers
Enrique & Lola
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London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Our only regret is... We couldn't stay longer!
If you want the perfect location, with truly wonderful hosts, who couldn't be more helpful, also giving an outline of the local history.....then Enrique and Lola are unsurpassed.
The view from La Posada is breathtaking, especially when lit up at night.
Our room was extremely comfortable, with views of the castle.
We felt very welcomed and at home, regretfully, only for a short stay....if only we knew how good it was going to be.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Posada11, Propriétaire at La Posada del Castillo B&B, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Bonjour from Carcassonne !
Thank you for all the compliments that go straight to the heart. Thank you also for your kindness and good humor.
We wish you All the Best !
Enrique & Lola
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Watertown, Massachusetts
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Enrique and Lola are WONDERFUL hosts. I highly recommend staying here though I'm reluctant to say so as I don't want to share this secret! We arrived for a one night stay and immediately found parking on the street of the inn. Enrique greeted us with fanfare, warmth, and cheer. He is so delightful. he got us settled in our wonderful room and booked dinner for us so I could get my cassoulet (see review for Adelaide restaurant). He directed us up and into La Cite so we knew where we were going. He was very accommodating in the morning when we wanted to leave our bags at the inn while we finished our short tour of the city. Breakfast consisted of a little meat and cheese, lots of pastries & bread, and Lola's OUTSTANDING pear & choclate conserve. Enrique ate breakfast with us (a delight) and packed up the left over breads for us to enjoy on our journey onward. He also gave us two bottles of water! The room was very comfortable- white hotel bedding, plenty of closet space if you're staying a few days, and a clean bathroom with organic cotton towels. The shower is a tight squeeze, so be warned if you're a tall or wide person. The terrace outside is gorgeous, too, for early morning or later afternoon reading and relaxation. Enrique mentioned that he leads regional winery tours and tastings, so we want to return to join him on one of those. Enrique is originally from Spain and speaks Spanish, French, and English fluently. Lola is a former French teacher and also speaks good English. They live together on the property. We can't wait to go back and visit them!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Posada11, Propriétaire at La Posada del Castillo B&B, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Bonjour !
We were delighted to welcome you and to participate in your holiday. We hope see you again one day in Cathar Country.
With our best memories,
Cheers
Enrique & Lola
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Address: 60 rue Barbacane, 11000 Carcassonne, France
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Location: France > Languedoc-Roussillon > Aude > Carcassonne
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Carcassonne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You will find this hidden gem tucked away in the picturesque quarter known as La Barbacane and it is here that visitors from all around the world choose to stay in the heart of Cathar country. Built on the site of the former barbican of the medieval City and at the very foot of the ramparts, both the City and the Bastide Saint Louis are easily accessible on foot. At the Posada del Castillo B&B , we are in a classified historical monuments' area so, although we do not have a swimming pool, we do have Carcassonne's Lake Cavayere 5 minutes away as well as the Mediterranean, mountain lakes, rivers and streams in close proximity. Although, being in a town and next to the Chapel of Saint Gimer, we do not have large grounds or parklands, we do have a cosy terrace and a private garden which offer our guests a truly unique view of the Cite. Indeed, the medieval walls, the Porte d'Aude and the Chateau Comtal are less than 100m away. It is the Porte d'Aude which evokes Carcassone world wide and it is this gate which is featured on all of the postcards and used as a backdrop in films and historical productions. ... more   less 
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