We spent 6 nights at the Hotel Palladia as a base for our driving excursions in/around the Pyrenees area of Southern France. We did have our Garmin GPS with us, but there is no question that the Palladia offers easy on/off access to major highways around Toulouse if you are driving on your own. The flip side of this location, though, is that it is far enough outside of Toulouse where you need to drive into town, and that is not convenient as streets are one-way in many instances and, during our trip, road construction in/around the town was terrible.
+ Good location for easy access to highways to drive to sites like Carcassonne, Lourdes, etc.
+ Room size was large, with ample closet space and area to spread out
+ Had a health club on site, including 6 pieces of cardio equipment and a small cable weight station. Not great but at least something.
+ Within 3/4 mile of the hotel (walking distance) were at least 4 ATM's, two bakeries, a Carrefour, a shopping mall with a Subway restaurant and a McDonald's.
+ If you have a car, there is a self-service laundromat (Laverie) about a 5 minute drive from the hotel (turn right out of the main entrance, then another right at the first light past the circle). 15 Euros to clean two loads of laundry vs. 6 - 8 Euros PER ITEM at the hotel.
+ Free parking on-site.
+ Upon returning to the U.S., we noticed an inaccuracy with our bill and the hotel was very prompt to not only resolve the discrepancy but went above and beyond what we asked. We appreciated their prompt reply and customer service.
+ Spa on-site (we did not visit, but it is available).
+ Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. A definite bonus!
- Pool was closed. The hotel description clearly said it opens in May but there was not even water in it.
- Even though the hotel says it has air conditioning, it was not turned on during our stay. The rationale we were given is it was cool the week before (it was), but during our week, the temperature rose to close to 80 on several days and the rooms got stuffy in the evening. Windows can be opened but have no screens so bugs became a concern in the evenings.
- The hotel claims to have balcony rooms. We and our friends who joined us for a few days did not see any rooms with a balcony.
- Breakfast was expensive. 18 Euros/person for a continental buffet. We suggest one of two options. (1) Order a la carte from the room service menu (ie, omelet = 4 Euros) or (2) visit two bakeries within 1/2 mile of the hotel that served a variety of breakfast sandwiches, yogurts, pastries and other foods for a fraction of the price.
- The hotel staff helpfulness was mixed. Some were, some were not. A few of the front desk personnel did not know the area as well as we would have hoped (ie, which streets into town are one-way, the schedule for boat trips down the Canal du Midi, etc.). And it would be to your benefit to be able to speak French as their command of the English language varied greatly from person to person.
- Frequency of parties, conventions and gatherings. In six days we had 4 - 5 large groups meeting or attending the hotel for conventions. The biggest problems with this were (1) noise; (2) cigarette butts around the hotel and (3) added difficulty finding parking on-site.
- Requires driving to get into Toulouse city center
- Also Known As:
- Palladia Hotel Toulouse
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This luxury hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool and a spa centre. It is located 5 kilometres from central Toulouse, near Blagnac International Airport.Rooms at the Hotel Palladia are equipped with flat-screen satellite TV and free Wi-Fi access. ... more less
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