This was a very charming hotel and you very much knew you were in an old castle when you saw your room. I have just a few criticisms and they start with when you arrive (we stayed during August). We felt that we should have been shown to our room, as it was a complicated route and were instead, given a map of the rooms with arrows showing us which way to go. Also the steps up to the rooms in the turrets are very worn and can be slippy and I suspect could be fairly dangerous for those not too firm on their feet or in heals.
The room was very very small and the bathroom must have been the smallest I have ever seen. Although everything you wanted was there except a bath. We had evening meal in the hotel on two nights of our three night stay, it cost 55 euros for the set menu per person which as it turned out was the most expensive we had all holiday. I am vegetarian, so it was good to see that there were a couple of fish dishes I could eat, but if you don’t eat fish, then you will have problems. The meal was very good and the setting very nice and peaceful.
I felt this hotel was over priced really with the size of the room, but I expect there’s not too much can be done in an old castle. There was free parking outside of the hotel. The breakfast was good and the staff attentive and very pleasant.
The hotel is in the town, so there are a few restaurants within walking distance if you didn’t want to eat at the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An imposing castle with a striking silhouette; a square building that opens into a courtyard, set in a lovely garden through which the river Aude flows. Built on the land of the Cathars, the castle bears the stamp of a place steeped in history. In the bedrooms of this 16th century listed building, a medieval atmosphere and modern comforts are skilfully combined. The same clever recipe works its magic in the reception rooms, the old chapel converted into a lounge and the dining rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau Des Ducs De Joyeuse Hotel Couiza