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“Food glorious food...” 4 of 5 stars
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Le Domaine d'Auriac
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Route de Saint-Hilaire, 11009 Carcassonne, France   |  
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Ranked #4 of 43 Hotels in Carcassonne
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43 hotel reviews
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“Food glorious food...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

We stayed here for the second time recently and it was great to be back albeit just for the one night as we drove from the Cote D'Azure to Saint Emilion. The hotel is not really in Carcassonne but a few miles away from the hustle, bustle, souvenir shops and crowds of the old Citadel - which we personally think is a good thing. Tucked away beside the Carcassonne Gold Course this offers everything you would reasonably expect from a Relais & Chateaux property; a tranquil oasis of calm with achingly pretty gardens and a (heart-stoppingly cold) swimming pool.

The welcome is warm, the rooms are furnished to a very high standard but the food is absolutely fantastic. The signature dish here - a stunning soufflé made with fresh orange juice and Grand Marnier - is worth a visit alone. They take their food seriously here and the Michelin star is richly deserved.

If I had any constructive feedback, charging 2 Euros in the room for a single Nespresso shot feels a little excessive. They don't cost that much and this is the first place we've stayed that has the machines in the room but effectively charges to use them.

I mentioned the pool earlier. It was hot day when we arrived and I dove straight into the water to cool down - an experience I won't forget (or wish to re-live) anytime soon. I'm pretty sure that my iced G&T later in the evening was warmer..

Finally - and this is not really their fault - but this is a damn tricky place to find. Forget GPS - we had one fitted too our hire car and a back-up 'Tom Tom' from the UK and neither could locate it accurately. There is no signage to speak of either - apparently due to some local bylaws or ridiculous EU regulations. Not an issue if you are arriving by cab but if you are driving yourself, make sure you get detailed directions before setting off, thereby avoiding the 20 minutes of 'going round in circles' that we went through....

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MHRC11, Propriétaire at Le Domaine d'Auriac, responded to this review, June 12, 2012
Madame, Monsieur,
I Want to thank you particularly for your encouragement and your support !
Hoping to welcome you again soon- with a better pool temperature!- in le Domaine d'Auriac.
Yours sincerely,
Marie-Hélène Rigaudis-Calvet
Maîtresse de Maison
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Austin, Texas, United States
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Domaine d'Auriac during our honeymoon. After a week in Paris, we were absolutely exhausted and Domaine d'Auriac provided us a wonderful, relaxing, comfortable, and homelike stay!

After a long day on the train, we were welcomed warmly by Jessica at the front desk and shown to our suite (gorgeous! It was the one with the cream-colored curtains pictured in the visitors' photos above) which was spacious and comfortable, with a large and beautiful bathroom. Any time we needed anything, the staff were right there to help!

We had dinner in the hotel that night, and each of the three nights we stayed. On a cold and rainy night, the cassoulet was perfect, and we tried different dishes every night, each of which was amazingly delicious! We also ate lunch one day at the Bistro d'Auriac, which was wonderful, as well.

We were unfortunate with respect to the weather (it was rather rainy that weekend), so we were unable to take advantage of the beautiful swimming pool. However, we were able to walk to la Cité, which took about an hour along the riverside trail. It was a very pleasant walk, and very romantic!

Over the weekend, we felt as though we were welcomed into Madame Rigaudis-Calvet's own home, and when it was time to leave, it seemed we were saying "goodbye" to old friends.

During our trip to France, we stayed in four hotels in total: A boutique hotel in Paris, Domaine d'Auriac, a vineyard in Montpellier, and a luxury spa hotel just outside St. Tropez. Of the four (which were all excellent), Domaine d'Auriac had the friendliest staff, the most spacious room, and the warmest atmosphere. We hope to return someday!

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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MHRC11, Propriétaire at Le Domaine d'Auriac, responded to this review, June 2, 2012
Madame, Monsieur,
I Want to thank you particularly for your encouragement and your support !
Hoping to welcome you again soon in le Domaine d'Auriac.
Yours sincerely,
Marie-Hélène Rigaudis-Calvet
Maîtresse de Maison
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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

beautiful and quiet surroundings, really helpful, kind staff, delightful owner, fabulous food, stunning wine list including fantastic local wines, very knowledgable sommelier, very professional waiters, near to fascinating sites of french history, including rennes le chateau, i had only 1 night, but one day i will go back...one of the best hotels I've stayed in.
J Sen.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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MHRC11, Directeur général at Le Domaine d'Auriac, responded to this review, May 25, 2012
Madame, Monsieur,
I Want to thank you particularly for your encouragement and your support !
Hoping to welcome you again soon in le Domaine d'Auriac.
Yours sincerely,
Marie-Hélène Rigaudis-Calvet
Maîtresse de Maison
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Roslyn Heights, New York
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

A well run, friendly, elegant hotel in beautiful grounds. There is a golf course next to the gardens.
Welcoming, helpful reception from all personnel. The manager is warm and efficient. The restaurant is superb and well known, and has an extensive wine list. The service in the restaurant was above average as we asked for something not on the menu on our second night and even though, the restaurant was fully booked, we were accommodated. The scrambled eggs for breakfast were absolutely delicious.
All the staff seem to turn their hand to everything from carrying bags to connecting one to the Internet.
We would highly recommend this hotel .

Room Tip: We chose a standard room but I think the next level would give a larger room. The room, small though...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MHRC11, General Manager at Le Domaine d'Auriac, responded to this review, May 17, 2012
Madame, Monsieur,
I wish to thank you particularly for your encouragement and your support !
Hoping to welcome you again soon in le Domaine d'Auriac.
Yours sincerely,
Marie-Hélène Rigaudis-Calvet
Maîtresse de Maison
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Chicago, IL
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

A great stay, unfortunately it was for only 1 night. My room was a very spacious suite. Three of us were on the 2nd floor and all the rooms were decorated differently. The bathrooms were beautiful and looked new. The staff was very friendly and helpful. You could relax in their beautiful garden by the pool. On nice days you can eat outside.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Canada
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106 hotel reviews
Reviews in 94 cities Reviews in 94 cities
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

What a relief to retire to the comforts of the Domaine d'Auriac after the theme park madness of Carcassonne (much nicer at night, after dinner, when the tourist hordes have retreated and the spectacular lighting brings out the best in the reinvented battlements). A family-run hotel, operated with quiet pride, the hotel reminds me of shabby-chic establishments my parents patronized 50 years ago across Europe. The rooms are nothing special, but have a homey charm in keeping with the establishment's ethos. The Michelin-starred restaurant gave us an excellent, earthy meal - no flights of fancy here - with only one deficit: a curiously sparse and unimaginative cheese tray. Breakfast in the hotel's lovely garden was glorious. Would we return? Yes, with great pleasure.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bozeman, Montana
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

Our stay at this hotel was a wonderful surprise. First of all, everyone at the front desk was exceptionally welcoming when we arrived late in the afternoon following a very long drive. The restaurant went out of their way to make us a late lunch, beautifully served on their back terrace.

The hotel as well as the grounds are beautifully maintained, every detail overseen by the owner who greeted us every morning with excellent suggestions for daily itineraries during our stay. Our room was very quiet with beautiful views of the garden, certainly a wonderful oasis from the high energy of Carcassonne, although only within 10 minutes of La Cite. We enjoyed our dinner in their restaurant as well as in their bistro, again with exceptional service in both.

Our room faced the front of the building which was surprisingly quiet with a very comfortable king size bed. The room was fully equipped with a refrigerator as well as free internet, flat screen TV, a writing desk and a sitting area, providing more than ample space with plenty of light through the very large windows facing the garden. The property has been well cared for by 3 generations of the owner's family giving it the feel of a very welcoming home.

Over the past 30 years we have stayed at a number of Relais & Chateaux properties and it was at this property where we felt so welcome and at home that we happily extended our stay by several days .

  • Stayed April 2011, 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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Address: Route de Saint-Hilaire, 11009 Carcassonne, France
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Location: France > Languedoc-Roussillon > Aude > Carcassonne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 43 Hotels in Carcassonne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Domaine d'Auriac 5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The tranquil Domaine d'Auriac Relais et Châteaux, welcomes its guests to calm and comfortable surroundings.It is set a mature 3000 years old park, an idyllic haven of greenery on the Mediterranean doorstep encircled by the black mountains and the stunning southern region of the Corbières.The are two smooth-watering restaurants "Bernard Rigaudis" and "Le Bistrot d'Auriac" available for food lovers.An 178 holes golf course, swimming pool and tennis court will all go towards making your stay both an enchanted and relaxed one.It is a stunning location at the foot of the "Cite de Carcassonne" with the "Canal du Midi" nearby. ... more   less 
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