While the castle and the old city is magnificent, I'm glad we didn't opt to stay in one of the hotels within the medieval city's walls (La Cite) - the old world Hotel de la Cite (as charming as the stately hotel is), or the more modest Best Western. After sundown when the tourists leave, the ancient city within the castle walls gets a little dark, quiet, and somewhat eerie I might add (there is also an old cemetary on the city grounds).
So we were very happy we had chosen to stay at the Hotel du Chateau, facing the castle and literally just outside the city walls. The boutique hotel is newish and stylish, and boasts a Carita spa on site (although we didn't manage to try out the spa facilities in the 2 nights we were there as the spa was fully booked).
The hotel rooms were comfortable but small (Classic 14 sq m room, but felt smaller because of the layout). Comfortable bed, good quality toiletries, but unfortanately not enough space for 2 people's luggage. There is also no mini-fridge or even a table area you can stash your drinks and snacks, let alone any coffee or tea-making facility.
If you are in Carcassone just to visit the castle however (apparently Carcassonne is the 3rd most visited place in France!), I would still recommend staying at the Hotel du Chateau.
We paid €162 per night. If you find this a little too much, you can opt to stay at the property's sister hotel just across the road, the Montmorency.
The hotel charges €10 a night for its private parking. Breakfast at €12 on the terrace looked nice, however you can also opt to eat in the restaurants within the castle. Many of them offer a breakfast set for less.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is ideally situated, facing the towers and city walls of the medieval Cité it welcomes you at the entrance to the drawbridge. The marriage of ancient and modern offers an interesting journey between the medieval and the contemporary.The hotel is totally unique : a rare elegance and model of aestheticism, it is a constant reminder of timeless good taste and defines the art of entertaining guests.Wine tasting and enjoyment in the panoramic bar…A special space, relaxation in the sun or shade around the heated pool, opening from Pâques to Toussaint or the heated Jacuzzi opening all the year. Relaxation, pleasure and absolute refinement in our luxury SPA CARITA ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Du Chateau Hotel
- Du Chateau Carcassonne