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“Loads of Character”
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Hotel d'Alibert
Reviewed 3 August 2014

We based ourselves here for a week while exploring the region and it was a great choice, both because of the hotel and the town itself. The hotel is in a quiet back-street and our (family) room was huge. We ate at the restaurant a couple of times and the food was very good. The proprietor was also very helpful with suggestions and other assistance over the week.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

This family run hotel is charming, well run and fairly priced. The building itself is old, full of charm and the owners have created a lovely atmosphere. Our bedroom was a good size with tiled floor and window onto the internal courtyard. It was quite dark but that is the nature of the architecture. The bathroom looked recently renovated and was very stylish and simple with good quality towels and products.
Luckily our friends had booked a table because the restaurant was full - mostly locals. It was warm enough to sit out in the little courtyard which has interesting modern sculpture mixed in with the beautiful older stone pieces. We had excellent service from Frederic, the owner, who is hugely entertaining and a true lover of good food and wine. This hotel had been in his family for several generations. We asked him to choose the wines, which were really excellent. The food was fresh and delicious - everything lived up to expectation.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

This hotel is as hard to find as other reviewers say it is. Best strategy is to get as close as you can, park on the main street, and then walk to find it. Arrival while it's still light is a must, or you will be sleeping in your car because you will not find it. Once you do track it down, the owner will return with you to your car and show you how to get to the hotel garage.

Once you actually get there, the rooms are modern and nice, and you will have tales to tell at cocktail parties for years to come about staying in the Game of Thrones Hotel. Dinner is in an absolutely lovely room and it's good.

It is a bit disconcerting that the owner locks the hotel from 1:00 to 5:30 every day to go out and about and take a nap. While it's locked you are on your own, with no access to the restaurant or lounge or WiFi, no phone or human to answer questions, and the only way to enter or exit is through this cavernous dark garage. Take a flashlight with you when you go down there (never did find the light switch), or you will never figure out how to work the lock to get out. If you are the kind of person who looks for the fire exit diagram when you arrive at a hotel room, this is not the place for you. For the adventurous traveler, though, this is a real notch in the belt.

Room Tip: We had #8 in the turret, and it had several windows and was large and very quiet. Hand held shower...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

This place is an absolute gem. Caunes-Minervois is a find in and of itself; it’s a stunningly well-preserved medieval village about 15-20 km NE of Carcassonne and a delightful alternative to the throngs of tourists that find their way there. Beyond that, Hotel d'Alibert is a wonderfully eclectic mix of the old and the new – housed in an 16th C. structure with narrow hallways and winding, circular staircases, but with a lovely, modern and fresh decor. Our room was surprisingly large and comfortable, with pictures of Frederic's relatives watching us from the stone walls. Frederic (“call me Fredo”) is a character -- he's a charming, gregarious and very witty host and speaks fluent English. There’s an accompanying dining room, and our dinner there was terrific. Finding the hotel once in Caunes-Minervois can be a bit of a challenge, however, and the GPS is useless. We highly recommend stopping at the TI in the Mairie and asking them for directions; you be quite amazed as to where you’ll be told to drive...not for the faint of heart or wide of vehicle.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Wowee..... Was not expecting this type of place in the sleepy town of Caunes!
A play on words is on the menu here, it's worth taking a French speaker with you to laugh with the owners descriptions!
Not for the faint-hearted though, if you like plainer food, stick with alternative restaurants as you'll be hard pushed to find a plate of boring!!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Actually, you are experiencing two treasures when you stay at Hotel D'Alibert. The first is Frederic, who as others have noted is a wonderful host. He is a warm, witty and generous (e.g. he offered us a cell phone to use in case we got lost...) soul and has in-depth knowledge of local culture, foods, and wine.

The other obvious treasure is the hotel itself and its setting in the town. The hotel is more than 500 years old and is architecturally impressive stone structure with a central open courtyard. We stayed in Room 4 which was clean, very comfortable and simply massive. The hotel's location makes this a solid choice as a base for exploring Carcassonne (~20 minutes away), Cathar castles and the local wineries. We will definitely go back to Aude and will stay at Hotel D'Alibert again.

Finally, the hotel can be a little tricky to find since some of the streets laid down in Caunes-Minervois are quite narrow. You may want to head toward the nearby Mairie (town hall) when you first arrive in town via Av du Minervois, Rue de al Mairie and finally Rue de la Charite. We originally came via Rue Saint-Genes which was somewhat of an adventure. If you look on Google Streetview / Map (approximately 43.32716, 2.52804), you will see what I mean.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

Had read some reviews and wanted to stay in Caunes-Minnervois while exploring this area of the Languedoc region. Hotel has been in the family for 5 generations and is capably run by Frederic, who is an interesting character. He also takes care of the restaurant which is very good and he can recommend local wines for you to enjoy. Reminds one of a castle, but probably more of a chateaux, right in the middle of town; narrow lanes and all. I loved the large room with a nice armoire, and large, updated bathroom, as well as a "Juliet" balcony overlooking the courtyard.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Address: Rue Saint-Genes, 11160 Caunes-Minervois, Carcassonne, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Aude > Carcassonne > Caunes-Minervois
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Caunes-Minervois
Price Range: £64 - £96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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