Hotel de la Cite
Place Auguste-Pierre Pont, Carcassonne, 11000, France
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Take a walk back in time in and around the Cite
Walk and take pics of the 52-tower and 3 km long double ringed wall, take time to enjoy the awesome architecture, the city view down below, and let your imagination take you back in time, to as far back as Louis IX when the town was part of the royal estates, becoming the seat of the Senelschalsy, that's when the outer wall was built, or as far back as 13th century, back to the time of Philip the Fair, that's when the inner wall (the remainder)was built.
If you are interested, you can find historical sites located in the Cite: Viscount's Castle (11-13th century), Basilica Church of St. Nazarius and St. Celsus, open-air theatre, Hotel de la Cite, St. Sernin's Church, Pace du Grand Puits, and Inquistition House (13-17th century). The Cite! The walk around the Cite!
A second honeymoon (well actually a silver wedding anniversary celebration). Despite booking ages ago, we couldn't get in at the weekend so decided to stay here on our last night (midweek). I had booked a superior room, but on arrival we were delighted to discover they had given us an upgraded room to one with a private terrace overlooking the garden and city walls - fabulous! Our 350 Euro room became a 500 Euro room - thank you very much.
We were treated royally from the start, on arrival at the special car park for hotel visitors to our departure.
The Michelin starred Restaurant "La Barbacane" wasn't open on the Wednesday evening, so we chose to eat "Chez Saskia" and weren't disappointed. Attentive staff - despite having to cope with a rather large party of Japanese guests in a private room.
Despite what everyone says about Carcassonne being Disney-esque and full of tacky shops - see above all that and take in the history and spectacular setting of the place. This isn't the sort of hotel we would stay in very often (although my husband stays in similar establishments when travelling with his job) it was worth the splurge!
Chez Saskia is where the hotel serves breakfast - again fabulous with a great array of cheeses, meats, pastries, fruits etc. Thank you Hotel de la Cite - we enjoyed every minute.
I could not recommend this hotel highly enough.
Everything was fabulous, the room was spotless and spatious. The staff were helpful yet discreet. The food was out of this world....all in all a top class hotel which deserves it's place as the number one hotel in the city.
Our room was 104 - which had it's own terrace looking out towards the ramparts. The swimming pool was close at hand, although being January I did not feel brave enough to take a plunge. The bed was huge, it could have slept at least 5 people and the staff left beautiful hand made chocolates when they turned down your sheets. My only complaint would have to be the lack of tea and coffee making facilities in the room, I am a great tea drinker and love to be able to make one at the drop of a hat. I ordered tea via room service and it arrived instantaneously each time (along with some scrummy home made muffins!) So not exactly a huge complaint!
The bathroom was great, two wash basins with bath and separate walk in shower. The wardrobe formed part of the bathroom and the toliet was off to the side with a telephone for those calls you just can't afford to miss!
Great stay in beautiful room
Beautiful room with the best bathroom ever.
Expensive hotel but had three nights for the price of two because it was low season.
For a special break or occassion this is a beautiful hotel.
The only problem is that drinks, breakfast, meals are very expensive but with Carcassonne on your doorstep there is plently of choice for eating and drinking.
Good but not quite good enough
Having read outstanding reviews of this hotel, I was almost as excited about staying here as I was to see Carcassonne. In both I was disappointed. This is the first time I had stayed in an Orient Express hotel and I thought it would be worth the price (over 425 euro a night) but, while there was nothing wrong with it, it wasn't any nicer than many other hotels at half the price. The restaurant and the bar are lovely and the food is good but both are very expensive. The rooms are perfectly serviceable but nothing special. The views are very nice. It was so windy while we were there that the wind whistled through the room making it very noisy and we were awakened early by a wake-up call that was a mistake. Carcassonne is a good idea but very touristy and that makes it no more compelling than any other hilltop town despite its interesting history. All in all, an expensive and not especially wonderful visit. The day before we went to Albi, unique and beautiful, which was what we expected from Carcassonne.
We loved this hotel;
We only stayed 1 night at this hotel but loved it. The location was fantastic. The staff very polite and helpful with our check in, car parking etc. Our room was perfect, spacious and very comfortable. Breafkast was also very good. We would love to stay here again.
What to do in November
What is Carcassonne like in November. Is there much activity in the city. Are there day trips to places like, Montsegur, Rennes le Chateau and Limoux. I am thinking of staying at Hotel de la Cite, is there a shuttle bus that would take me from the airport to the hotel. Any information would be gratefully accepted
RE: What to do in November
Could be a bit chilly and windy and rain is also a possibility. Obviously, it's impossible to predict the weather.
Are you flying into Carcassonne? In other words, a shuttle bus from which airport to Carcassonne?
There is quite a bit to do in the city, but you didn't mention how long you are staying. If you have a week or more, day trips would be useful.
Until you get more answers here, type Carcassonne into the VT search window above and check the tips you pull up.
Places To Stay
I will be in Carcassonne for 1 day in September. Is it better to stay in the city centre or near the old city?
RE: Places To Stay
We "bit the bullet" and paid the price to stay inside the city walls. It was a Best Western.
The reception area was in a building seperate from our rooms. We were transported in a small vehicle that was capable of traversing the very narrow streets. The room was fully modern and very nice in an old structure.
It was worth the extra expense being there in the evening after the day tourists left.
RE: Places To Stay
Many thanks, I'd seen that hotel but they've no double rooms left. I saw another one on Ave Général Leclerc. Its called the Hotel DE L'OCTROI. Do you happen to know if this is near to the old city (looks like the walls are behind the hotel in the pictures!)
RE: RE: Places To Stay
Try; Hotel de la Cite ---- didn't stay here during our visit last fall but on walking through it , we wished we had. This is a gorgeous place right within the old city center & right across the walk from the inner fortress. This place gave every appearance of easily being the best place in town. Classy , well maintained and genuine medeivel building with atmosphere to match. A little on the expensive side but considering the accomodation and location , its got to be well worth it. It would be hard not to think of yourself as being some kind of royalty in staying here.
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Hotel de la Cite
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- De La Cite Hotel
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Address: Place Auguste-Pierre Pont, Carcassonne, 11000, France