The Hotel de la Cite is the place to stay if you're planning a trip to Carcassone. An exuberant Gothic pile right in the heart of the old medieval city. Wonderful architecture, efficient staff, comfortable rooms and a good ( if somewhat expensive ) restaurant.
Pros : Great location - kitty corner to the cathedral and the main shopping street. Rooms comfortable with those glorious Sofitel beds. Public areas stunning. Shady, stylish gardens located right on the ramparts. Service efficient and welcoming. Vehicles aren't allowed in town after 10.00 am so the hotel sends a car down to the car park to collect you and your luggage - this worked out just fine - the hotel car and driver were there by the time we'd parked and opened the trunk.
Cons : Restaurant entrees ($60) are good but pricey. Wine list, if you're looking for anyhting other than a local Corbieres , limited for choice. Some rooms are better than others. We opted for a junior suite ( $400 without breakfast ) with a garden view, huge terrace and a view across the new town. Breakfast $40 per person extra.
Sum up : We went expecting to be disappointed. This is an M-Gallery Hotel , not a top of the Accor range Sofitel. We needn't have worried. The staff and room were up to Sofitel standards. The restaurant was good and the service exemplary. The building itself is quite simply spectacular - more Scots baronial than anyhting you'd find in Scotland. . If only Accor would invest a bit more money in a working WiFi system and sprucing up the decor it would have scored 5 stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing between two historic landmarks, the Roman Chateau Comtal and the Gothic Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, the Hotel de la Cite is set in its own glorious gardens. With its solid stone walls, wood paneling and stained-glass windows, the Hotel offers luxurious hospitality and award winning cuisine in its two restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De La Cite Hotel
- De La Cite Carcassonne