I found this bed and breakfast on booking.com and then visited their website. The view was incredible in the pictures, the place looked great and the price was right, go for it
Myriam responded to all emails very quickly and seemed very nice. She is located along the banks of the river, not far from the Jacobin gate to the bastide.
It is not far from anything, however, be aware it was too far to walk from the train station if you have more luggage than a carry on! If you have luggage its best to take a cab from the station, which should cost about 6 euro.
Location is wonderful. All the main sights that you will want to see in Carcassonne are within easy walking distance. The Pont Neuf is no more than 5 minutes walking and the medieval city is no more than 15 minutes at the most. It is a nice quiet residential area so you will have to go out to get something to eat and for your nighttime entertainment, no big deal really.
Myriam has been wonderful during my stay. Her english is perfect and she is very eager to see you enjoy your stay and her city. She gave me good recommendations for restaurants, one of which i tried and was quite happy with.
WIFI signal is strong and steady.
Easy to recommend this bed and breakfast
This is nothing like an ordinary hotel room! My first impression when I was shown the room was ..wow this is elegant! I loved the look of it right from the start. There is a side view of the castle from the room, you do have to stretch to see it, but if you go up on the terrace upstairs you get a full view of the whole cite, its amazing! (a bit hard to get good night shots though)
The bathroom is a wonderful throwback to another time. Its clean, and sylish. It is a bathrub, the old style ones, and has a hand held shower attachment. It is all beautifully laid out and done with an obvious flair for style.
My girlfriend and I stayed at Adonis Residence la Barbacane for 2 nights during a weekend break to Carcassonne in June 2013.
We booked our stay through www.booking.com and paid 63 Euros per night for a studio room with no breakfast included. The standard rate at the time of our visit was 86 Euros, rising to 130 Euros per night in the high season (July and August).
We paid for our stay in full, a couple of weeks before we travelled, by debit card. We could have paid on arrival, but the price would have been around 5 Euros per night more expensive.
Adonis Residence la Barbacane is located on Rue de la Barbacane at the foot of La Cite (Carcassonne's medieval city).
Less than a 5 minute walk from the hotel brings you to the church "L'Eglise St Gimer". From there it is a few minutes walk uphill to La Porte d'Aude, one of the main gates leading into the walled city.
We later found a shortcut – a path almost opposite the hotel which leads directly to La Porte d'Aude – it is quicker, but also steeper, than the aforementioned route.
The hotel is a little over 5 minutes walk from Pont Vieux (footbridge) and Pont Neuf (traffic and pedestrian bridge); both of which cross the Aude River and connect La Cite with La Bastide Saint Louis (Carcassonne town centre). From these bridges it is around 15 minutes walk to the train station and Canal du Midi – proceed along Rue de Verdun before turning right and walking along Rue G. Clemenceau which leads directly to the station.
We arrived in Carcassonne on the airport shuttle bus. The driver asked where we were staying when we boarded the bus and dropped us off at the most convenient spot; on the main road close to Pont Neuf – just over 5 minutes walk to the hotel, but would take a little longer with luggage in tow.
There are a few small shops, selling basic provisions, near the hotel. The nearest restaurants are around the Pont Neuf area or within the walls of La Cite – both around 10 minutes walk from the hotel.
The accommodation consists of several low-rise blocks of apartments and studios situated around a central terrace and sunbathing area.
Our double studio (room #60) was located in block G – a short walk through reception, across the terrace/sunbathing area, in a corner of the complex.
Our room had two windows looking out onto a side street with a glimpse of La Cite up above.
The double bed was a bit hard, but we slept pretty well regardless. We might have struggled to sleep if we had needed to use the air-conditioning overnight, as it was very noisy. Thankfully, we didn't require it in June as the room was a reasonable temperature.
Our room contained a large wardrobe with a small safe in it. There were no instructions on how to set the code on the safe, but we eventually stumbled upon a sequence of buttons that allowed us to set a code and lock it.
There was plenty of cupboard space in the room, including bedside cabinets on either side of the bed. We had an ample choice of electrical sockets for recharging phones and batteries overnight – we've learnt that we can't always take this for granted in hotels, so the vast number of sockets was a welcome sight!
The small flat screen TV picked up around 20 local and satellite channels, including CNN and Eurosport.
Free wi-fi is available in the room and throughout the entire hotel complex, but I didn't take my netbook with me on this occasion.
Our studio included a kitchenette with a microwave, a couple of oven hobs, a fridge with freezer compartment, a sink and a selection of cutlery and crockery items. We only made use of the fridge during our short stay, and it was very effective. A small dining table with a couple of chairs sat next to the kitchenette area.
No room cleaning was carried out during our stay. We checked in on a Saturday afternoon and checked out on a Monday morning, so it may be that housekeeping doesn't take place on a Sunday?
Our en-suite bathroom contained a bathtub with a shower attachment connected to the taps. There was nowhere to connect the shower attachment to the wall, so we had to hold it while washing. We received a small and medium towel each, and a small selection of rudimentary toiletries. As no housekeeping took place on the Sunday, we didn't get fresh towels for the second night of our stay.
Overall, we were happy with our room. It met our basic needs and we didn't spend much time in there. If we had paid the high season rate of 130 Euros per night, we would likely have been disappointed; the facilities are a little too basic to justify such a price in my opinion.
We arrived at the hotel around 11:00am, but couldn't check in until 3:00pm. We were able to store our luggage while we explored the city, before returning later to check in.
Reception is open from 8:00am until noon and then from 3:00pm until 10:00pm. After 10:00pm, you have to use an access code (which is provided at the time of check in) to enter the hotel through building B, which is just a few metres along the street from the reception entrance. If you intend to arrive at the hotel outside of the above hours, you'll need to contact the hotel in advance to make arrangements.
Breakfast costs 9 Euros per person per day. We didn't have it, but could have paid for it on the day if we had so wished.
There is an underground car park beneath the hotel which costs 8.50 Euros per day.
The hotel houses a small gym (running machine, exercise bike, cross trainer and a couple of other pieces of equipment) and a jacuzzi area with a couple of cushioned chairs. These are located on the first floor above the reception area. The jacuzzi is open Mon-Sat: 8:00am-noon and 3:00pm-8:00pm and Sun: 8:00am-noon. We spent half an hour relaxing in there on the Sunday morning. We never saw anybody else in the gym/jacuzzi during our stay. It is only a small area and would get very busy with more than a handful of people in there.
All of the reception staff that we encountered were friendly and helpful. One of the receptionists booked a taxi for us for our return journey to the airport. We booked it the evening before for 8:30am the next morning and it arrived bang on time.
The reception area contains lots of information and maps for Carcassonne and the wider region, all available free of charge.
A great location within walking distance of La Cite. A comfortable room with en-suite facilities, a basic kitchenette and free wi-fi access. A relaxing jacuzzi area and a small selection of fitness equipment. Friendly staff and plenty of information available for Carcassonne and the surrounding region. We'd happily stay there again and would recommend this hotel to others.
Economic level of comfort waits for you in 70 rooms for a short stay. In my opinion it's the cheapest way to stay for a night in France.
All the rooms come with a work area, an en suite shower and a TV with built-in alarm. Bunk beds are available in some of our rooms for a third guest at no extra charge. Two rooms are specially designed with wheelchair access and other features for the disabled.
It 1995 it cost 149 francs ($30) for a room (one, two or even three people).
I have just learnt that it seems that it has changed the ownership and name, now,
Adonis Carcassonne Résidence La Barbacane (when I stayed there, Apparthôtel Citéa La Barbacane)
It's a complex of appartments that seemed to be very new (Oct. '09).
Very spacious (at least the one we stayed at) with kitchen, fridge and TV.
Two people, 63,00 €/night (As I said before, Oct. '09), only accommodation, of course, you can cook your own meals and breakfast there.
Parking on the street.
- Main: Main entrance
- Second: A very nice patio where you can relax after your hetic day (if the weather lets you do).
- Third: See below.
Our age disqualified us for the opportunity to stay at a youth hostel. This one is a member of the HI association. It has 120 beds usually 6 per room. Breakfast is available as well as snacks. What a fine way to enjoy an extended stay in a medieval city. It was only one block from the upper class hotel in which we stayed. We were told that long advance reservations were advisable, so reserve before you finalize your plans if this is a place that attracts you. We think that it is worth restricting your freedom to make this visit.
Very nice studio apartment in Carcassonne. There is also a two bedroom apartment that uses the same courtyard for its patio area. The studio was very comfortable and well equipped and clean. It was even better than it looked on their web page. There is a very comfortable Murphy bed, a sofa bed which I did not use, a table with four chairs and full kitchen. It has a shower and no bath. The room was very bright. It appears to have air conditioning but I am not sure as I did not need it and there was no remote control for tying it out. There is a laundry room shared with the two bedroom apartment. The courtyard is nicely landscaped creating private areas for both apartments. M Tarabbia, the extremely sweet landlord, nicely picked me up at the train station on arrival - I do not know if this is customary but they needed me to arrive early and made this offer. He also offered me a ride when I was leaving. There is room to park a car but it is a narrow "ledge" at the side of the house. The two bedroom apartment had a much larger place to park. The apartment has WiFi. The two bedroom apartment appeared to be nice as well. An Australian couple had rented it for three weeks and were quite happy with it. I would recommend. I paid Euro 290 for a week in June 2009
It is located just below the walls of the old city of Carcassonne. This is an older part of town. A bakery and small grocer were within a short walk. You really could walk almost everywhere from this place. The only thing not reachable on foot was the airport which is a ways outside of town. There are lots of friendly kitties hanging around the neighborhood.
We arrived in town on a holiday weekend without reservations and went to 5-6 hotels which were booked up, before following signs to this wonderful B&B! Your host, Eddy, has 4 rooms, one of which accommodates up to 6 people and quite large. Each has its own private garden; ours looked out to the Cite' Medievale de CARCASSONNE!, which, being lit up at night, we could sit in bed and look at! Talk about a special view!
Our room with bathroom (shower w/toiletries) was comfortable and nicely decorated with some of his personal art collection, as is the breakfast room, which is in his main house. This room also looks out to the castle ramparts and to the other direction, out over the countryside. He set a lovely table for breakfast which included tea/coffee, juice, croissants, bread, jams, butter, yogurt and fruits. A nice accompanyment was the music on the classical radio station playing while eating.
Eddy was there to answer questions and had brochures available. Also, free WIFI available.
It is close enough to walk to the walled city (parking available at the B&B).
In the late afternoons we enjoyed some wine at the table in our very private garden with spectactular view!
We spent our second night in Montsegur. This is a very nice and comfortable hotel in the middle of the village of Montsegur, not too far from the castle. Good views, good local food (cassoulets, magret, fresh truites from Monbel lake) and nice staff. Some rooms have a jacuzzi inside ;-)
We stayed here 3 nights, and everything was better than ok.
Location=impossible better, in the heart of La Cité.
Installations=so good. I have no complaints. Kitchen, fridge, bar, music, dinning-room, patio, common room, phone, internet....Adecuate size rooms with shower, sink, mirror, and lockers in. Then there are more commom showers, and toilettes. Everything new and clean. Possibility to have dinner for 9 euros (good food).
Staff= so nice people, they were so funny (specially in the reception). As i listened, they speak spanish, english, and french (and i don't doubt something else).
This bed and breakfast had the advantage for me of being a short walk from the train station in the center of Carcassonne, but with a garden that makes you forget you are in a city. I had access to a jacuzzi, a sun deck (and it was sunny there!). The hosts were very friendly and helpful. They have a friend across the street with a charming restaurant servng French dishes from the Mediterranean.
A continental breakfast is served and they offer dinner service to guests.
Jacuzzi, sun deck, great garden, they offer small plane trips to view the Cathar castles from the air
Room had 8 beds, 2 basins, mirror, shower and hangers for towels, clothes etc. Toilets were just down the hall, along with additional showers. Entire hostel was very clean. 1 internet station. Meals available in hostel (only tried free breakfast - not my cup of tea, but you could live off it). Noisy at night due to people congregating in garden. But, after walking around all day I had no trouble falling asleep despite noise. There is a lockout each day, during which time you cannot access your room.
If you are not a Youth Hostel member you will not be turned away. But, will be required to pay a non-member surcharge per night. For members it is E$ 15.80 . I booked through www.hihostels.com with no problems.
The only reasonably priced accommodation I found in the old city itself. Cheap, convenient, clean.
We wanted to stay within the walled city, but the hotels seemed expensive. The hostel has a an absolutely fantastic location and sharing the room with others was no problem at all. Some of the staff were very friendly, and others were a bit strange.
It's very clean and has a nice courtyard. If you don't mind sharing a room with others, this is a great option.
The rooms are closed from 1 to 3 for cleaning.
Breakfast is included, but it is not very appealing. We preferred going for a coffee and a croissant in a cafe.
When my friend told me that we woulf stay in a monastery in Carcassonne, I was afraid to discover a sad place, a sad room with white walls and a small bed in the hoek with a crucifix on the wall...but Once there, I was really positively astonished!
The monastery was really nice (clear galleries and a little garden in the court) and the rooms were like those in a one star hotel with flower wallpaper and a nice old woodenbed...with TV and a nice view one the City!!!!
The view, the proximity of the City, the price (17€)....
We stayed in this B&B for three nights during our travels around South West France. It was excellent.
Carcassonne can get quite busy so the peace and quiet of the B&B was very welcome. It was also just 1km from the main entrance to the old city so just 20 minutes walk.
The beakfast was excellent. The room unique, and the pool a welcome respite from the heat.
Above all, Madame was extremely helpful (she helped us to track down an open pharmacy when we needed one).
Formula1 Hotels are found in Spain and France. They are "smart hotel" for proplr that need a place with a bed and little more.
You need to make your reservation on the internet or calling directly, and you are given a code. That is your key to get in the hotel and the room (no attendants). Your room: has a double bed and a single bunk bed, a sink, towels, pillows, sheets and a TV. Basthroom and showers are outside so you may want to bring bath sandals. After you are done taking your shower (soap dispenser included), or the toilets, and you have closed the door behind, they clean themselves (the shower or toilet) for the next person to use.
Prices are around 25 euros per room, per night.
The only problems may be: 1 they are located near highways so you should have a car 2. No air conditioner (but there is heat), so in a hot Summer night, if you are a light sleeper you may have a hard time 3. You must own a credit card to reserve 4. Make sure you don?t loose your code, or you will sleep in your car, having paid for a room!
Bedroom: double ben AND a single bunk bed (3 pp per room)
Sink an Color TV
Outside your room:
2 showers with soap dispenser and 4 toilets per section (about 12 rooms per section)
In this particular one, breakfast provided foe 3.50 euros per person.
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