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Le Domaine d'Auriac
Ranked #6 of 39 Hotels in Carcassonne
Certificate of Excellence
Tavistock, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very Classy”
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
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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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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 .

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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6 Thank Sally W
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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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Hinsdale, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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
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5 Thank Mimi B
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Japan
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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
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5 Thank Frequenttraveller076
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Bozeman, Montana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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
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milano
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2011

we went twice. first was a nice discover. second was consequently. at few minutes from old carcassone is a point strategic to travel in south of france. madame marielle rigaudis is a fantastic owner, she makes you feel at ease only just with her smile. rooms are spacious and confortable. restaurant is correct. garden and pool amazing. we'll come back again.

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  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2010

We came here for the golf and the course is indeed pretty. Only some rooms are renovated, so be careful to request one. The hotel is below average Relais et Chateau standards both in terms of facilities (cheesy statues, no frills public area) and service (no free internet). A scary moment came after we requested a snack after checking in around early afternoon, and the gazpacho a la tomate is literally made from canned tomato juice, olive oil, salt, and cut-up pieces of cherry tomatoes. I complained to the manager, who told me that she made the gazpacho herself?!, and that she put the mashed tomatoes through a sieve and did not use the typical recipe for gazpacho. Fresh tomatoes, put through a sieve or not, do not taste like airplane tomato juice. After this experience I'm not surprised to read the disappointing reviews of the Michelin starred restaurant on site...If the kitchen is closed after lunch service, serving us just the tasty ham and cheese on the snack menu would've been fine. Why the express "gazpacho"??? Even though we're Americans, we're not THAT easily fooled.

  • Stayed July 2010
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Property: Le Domaine d'Auriac
Address: 2535 route de Saint Hilaire, 11009 Carcassonne, France
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Location: France > Occitanie > 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 #6 of 39 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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