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Hotel Chateau de Palaja a 5 kms de Carcassonne
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

A little way out of Carcassonne, so you will need a car ideally, is the lovely Chateau de Palaja. This was the only accommodation where we chose to stay more than one night (albeit just two all up), on our trip across the south of France because we felt it represented the best value together with space. We were not disappointed.

Our junior suite, the FontFroide room, had everything we needed for a comfortable stay and the host wonderfully friendly and able to speak fluent English and I believe Spanish also. Climate control was via a reverse cycle unit above the door and an additional heater was offered and duly accepted as I was feeling unwell with a cold still (which sadly worsened as time went on!) - most I'm sure would find the reverse cycle ample.

The room had a separate loo and then a bathroom comprising a good sized bath and a shower and basin. Lovely shower gels / shampoos were supplied and extra soap was available from the front desk, together with, for the chocolate lovers amongst us, a glass full of delicious chocolates, which we dipped into one night, enjoying one each with our cups of tea. The bathroom had a hair dryer and a heated towel rack, which worked very well unlike some that take a while to heat up. The hair dryer required a button to be held down during use, which on longer hair, proved a little tedious but it's really a very minor gripe all up.

We slept very well on both nights and enjoyed wonderful peace and quiet during our stay. On our first night we dined at the adjacent restaurant (see separate review), and on our second, enjoyed some local produce in our room from a little bakery we found in the very pretty nearby Lagrasse. Tea and coffee was always available downstairs whenever we wanted it and the host very kindly provided soy milk to cater for my lactose intolerance. To drink tea with milk was a real treat as most hotels do not seem to cater for dietary needs around here! I pity the gluten intolerants in France given the high intake of breads and croissants!

Breakfast was had in our room both mornings for an extremely reasonable 8 euros a person. Keeping in mind we had paid 21 euros each for actually a smaller breakfast in the chateau in Creissels near Millau, (also three star), we felt this was superb. In addition, the host had once again catered for the lactose intolerance: while my partner had a yoghurt as part of his breakfast selection, I had puréed fruit as part of mine. In addition we both had ample bread / toast, a croissant and a pain au chocolate each together with a choice of jams. We also had orange juice and tea (with soy milk for me!).

A little thing that didn't trouble us at all but might trouble some - the curtains in the room are decorative only so to make the room darker/ increase privacy, you need to close the outside shutters. We didn't bother and were content waking in the natural light, which in December is fairly late on anyway. The bathroom we noted did have blinds that were down so that catered for any modesty issues!

We found this accommodation to be very comfortable, full of rustic charm yet moderns here it needed to be and it provided a great location from which to explore the surrounding area. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Cannat
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

The restoration of the building is superb, the owners have done a beautiful job. The owners of the hotel could not have been more helpful. We love the restaurant next door to the hotel which serves excellent food and has the most attentive helpful staff we have ever met in France. The hotel rooms are large, spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable. The bathroom was large, warm and perfectly designed. We enjoyed an excellent breakfast the next morning. Definitely recommend this hotel!!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

From the minute we arrived until leaving the next day we enjoyed our stay. Enormous bathroom with both shower and separate bath was a welcome change from Somme very small rooms. The restaurant next door was excellent with attentive staff and super food. Would certainly stay again

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

The owners of Chateau Palaja have restored the place beautifully and turned it into a fine hotel. The place has both the friendliness of a small chambres d'hote plus the scale and facilities of a hotel. The rooms are big and comfortable but also retain individual charm and quirkiness. Breakfast was delicious.

I'd advise visitors who wish to eat at the hotel's restaurant to book in advance as place is small and popular. If you, like us, find yourself out of luck then there is another small restaurant in Palaja called "L'Arbre du Voyageur" - it offers more basic meals but they taste good and the onwers are friendly.

The cité of Carcassonne is a short drive away - or perhaps you could pick up one of the bikes offered for rent by the hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank rongorongo
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Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed there only for one night - unfortunately! The owners were so nice to us and made is feel really welcomed. The chateau itself was renovated by the owners themselves. They both worked in the construction industry, so everything is done very nice and charming. The rooms are quite big and everything you need inside. The breakfast was excellent!

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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