De La Cite

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Place De Leglise, Carcassonne, 11000, France

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    IN THE HEART OF THE WALLED CITY

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    We did not stay here, but I thought the 4-star HOTEL DE LA CITE' was in an excellent location as it is situated right in the heart of the walled city.
    Hotel Facilities:
    conference rooms
    cocktail bar
    restaurant

    Room Facilities:
    Cable TV/Satellite TV
    Private bathroom/Ensuite
    Radio / Teplephone

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IN THE HEART OF THE WALLED CITY

by LoriPori about Hotel De La Cite

We did not stay here, but I thought the 4-star HOTEL DE LA CITE' was in an excellent location as it is situated right in the heart of the walled city.
Hotel Facilities:
conference rooms
cocktail bar
restaurant

Room Facilities:
Cable TV/Satellite TV
Private bathroom/Ensuite
Radio / Teplephone

Fabulous Location

by TripAdvisor Member crossman

We've just returned from 3 days at the Hotel de la Cite which, in terms of location, was as good as it gets. Romantic views from the bedroom windows across turrets & towers, all warmly lit at night.
The hotel staff were very friendly (in the main) and helpful whenever you need anything; the room was clean (though not immaculate); with nice touches like chocolates when the bed was turned down, and l'Occitaine toiletries in the bathroom.
Whether it is worth the undoubted premium you pay is debatable. We decided against the 26 euro each for a seemingly ordinary continental braekfast. You can eat very well and much cheaper in the auberges a few minutes walk away (Auberge du Dame Carcas is very good and relatively cheap - a half litre of decent house wine with our meal cost 4 euros!)
One tip is to ask the hotel about hotel transport to and from Carcassonne airport. The Naviette bus costs 5 euros each but leaves you outside the walls to negotiate the cobbled streets with your luggage. A taxi will only cost 15 to 20 euros and will deliver you to the hotel door.

Romantic getaway

by TripAdvisor Member plainchoc

This hotel was fabulous! Bearing in mind it was out of season, the staff were attentive and very polite & helpful. The building is beautiful and is perfect for a romantic getaway. Location is key if you are going away for a weekend and this hotel has a perfect location...everything is just on your doorstep. Totally recommend the city and the hotel.

Refined, classy, excellent staff

by TripAdvisor Member Flaherty99

Stayed here for three nights in March. The hotel itself is spread over a couple of wings and is well furnished. It's also quite atmospheric and situated 25 yards from one the churches (currently being renovated). Our room was excellent - bed was huge and very comfortable, bathroom spotless and well appointed. The room overlooked the narrow lane that leads to the hotel's entrance and I suppose in summer when it's more crowded this might be an issue. Staff were excellent - arranged bikes and taxis for us and nothing was too much bother. The gardens, pool and herb garden are charming and in the summer would be a lovely place for some r and r.

We ate one night in La Barbacane - there's no doubting it's expensive but it's also worth it. Sommelier not sniffy at all and happy to recommend good local wines. Breakfast at Chez Saskia the in house brasserie is massively overpriced at c32 euros. You can get more or less the same in any of the cafes in the square for between 5 and 10 euros. Indeed, my only criticism of the hotel is the room rate - the suite we were in can cost up to £350 a night and bluntly, it's not THAT good.

Other than that this hotel is brilliantly located, beautifully turned out and the staff are charming.

Indeed a Tourist Trap

by TripAdvisor Member SMTORD

I agree totally with the review written by Pausanias (June 13, 2006, see below".

We booked the "Deluxe Terrace Room" at 525 Euros/night, but I think we were given the same "Junior Suite" described by that reviewer. While large, and with a very nice bathroom, the bed was very hard and the furnishings hardly "luxury". That "pop-up" TV concealed in the mirrored cube is still there and totally out of place in a hotel supposedly of this caliber. Also, this room is fairly close to the staff/supplier entrance to the restaurant, from which we heard the loud banging of garbage being removed, supplies being brought in, and loud voices of the employees on break.

Being formerly two hotels which were joined, the place is a warren of corridors and stairways that's pretty difficult to navigate. It's a long walk from the entrance, up and down several sets of stairs. In checking out, there was a wedding reception going on in the main entrance and we could barely get the attention of the staff to get our bill.

We chose not to eat at the hotel, and had a decent dinner at a restaurant in town. There aren't a lot of choices; most of the restaurants are the tourist pizza/omelette/sandwich joints.

Overall, we thought the hotel was vastly overpriced, and the town definitely a tourist trap. Had we to do it over, we would have visited Carcassone for the day, and stayed elsewhere.

Excellent service

by TripAdvisor Member Ravilious

We started our holiday by crashing the hire car about one kilometre from the Hotel.
Immediately, on hearing the news, the Hotel sent out a car to pick us, and the luggage up, and to help with any translations required at the site of the crash. On arriving at the Hotel we were offered a drink in the bar, on the house, and the following day a lift to the local car rental cabin to pick up a new car. You can't fault service such as this - given without being prompted.
We were given interconnecting rooms for ourselves and the two twelve year old boys, the second room being 'kids go free'. The boys were pretty big 'kids', but were also given the free breakfast and half price meals... a bargain.
No question was too much for the reception staff, all questions answered quickly, politely and with a sense of humour - and all in English.
Although the weather was poor, the boys swam in the pool every day
We ate out in town most nights as the both variety and quality was exceptional.
A first class stay... many thanks

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Forum Posts

What to do where to stay and where to go.

by Jane45

Hi out there,myself and my friend are flying into Carcassonne on Sunday morning 6th April for three days only.The nature of our trip is to look at some properties,take some time out to relax and enjoy the area eat nice food and drink some wine. All in three days. I am totally unfamilure with the area and would appreciate it grately if someone out there could recommend to us how to go about things apart from recommending web sites.Our budget is moderate. Looking forward to many replies !!!!!!!!!
Kind Regards,
Jane

Re: What to do where to stay and where to go.

by nomad7890

I have not been there, but just finished making extensive research in planning a trip and have narrowed it to these two:

This first one is part of the Orient Express: [this is not for a moderate budget]
http://www.hoteldelacite.com/web/ocar/ocar_a1a_splash.jsp

This second one is the one I'm leaning to, inside the wall - sounds charming:
Best Western Le Donjon Les Remparts - find it at www.bestwestern.com ... prices much realistic while inside the walled area.

Member LoriPori had a nice section on Carcassonne on her pages.

Re: What to do where to stay and where to go.

by leics

Have a look at my Carcassonne pages for info/history/tips etc. I stayed at the Hotel Du Soleil du Terminus, just outside the Bastide (lower town). Very convenient for airport bus/railway station/walks along the canal, round town, to La Cite etc and not overly expensive.

It's a lovely place: I'm sure you'll enjoy your visit.

Re: What to do where to stay and where to go.

by LoriPori

Hello Jane: We were in Carcassone a few years ago and really enjoyed our stay there. Of course the highlight of Carcassone is La Cite' - a medieval wonder. I absolutely loved it. We stayed at the nearby Inter-Hotel Espace Cite' which was only 220 yards from the main entrance. Excellent location and at the time we were there very reasonable. It's located on 132 Rue Trivalle. Good luck. Lori.

Re: What to do where to stay and where to go.

by nomad7890

Leics, your Carcassonne pages are awesome - apologies, did not mean to slight these. Sometimes I'm not too thorough !

Re: What to do where to stay and where to go.

by DMcD

Having been there myself , I can vouch for the 2 hotels that Nomad mentioned. If you can afford it , the Hotel de la Cite is a highly rated 4 star, remarkably beautiful place that oozes atmosphere and the Best Western Donjon is a very nice 3 star , yet less costly hotel , dead center in the old city (also, in a well-kept ancient structure, as is the Hotel de la Cite).

Re: What to do where to stay and where to go.

by DMcD

Not sure by your wording but if needed check; www.carcassonne.org and www.carcassonne-tourisme.com

Tip; for another unbelievably beautiful area in the southwest of France , check www.best-of-perigord.tm.fr --- look at Sarlat and La Roque Gageac for just a few examples of what this hidden treasure of a place contains.

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Address: Place De Leglise, Carcassonne, 11000, France