This was just right for our stay to visit the medieval cite. The hotel is just down the road from it, away from the bustle but close by enough to make repeated visits. Unfortunately, although we'd booked well ahead, the room wasn't available on the first night which meant a tiny room for this night and then a move, which was an inconvenience. The girl on the desk was unsympathetic - it was the computer system that had done it and nothing to do with anyone there. All other staff were helpful at other times. Go for a larger room if you can.
The modern city is a 15 - 20 minute walk away with the usual shops for a town. They've managed to keep pedestrians away from cars, more or less, which is nice. The main square has a number of cafes with tables outside - very quiet on Sunday but lively at other times. The canal runs past the station, over the other side of town. Here, right by the station, you can book a cruise along the canal or hire a bicycle. We hired bikes - it gets busy, best to book ahead or be prepared to come back later - and cycled out for an hour and then turned back. Very pleasant, tranquil without bring dull as there are many boats passing and pretty countryside. Great view of the old cite, too, as you cycle back into town. It has the benefit of being shaded all along there, too. The locks are fun as several boats try to get through at once.
I'd recommend two nights here. We'd flown in to Toulouse, did one night there then travelled to Carcassonne by train - an hour on the train and very pleasant. This is something else that needs to be booked as, unlike the UK, you can't get on unless you have a seat booked. Cost was about 30 euros for two.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Well situated at 300 meters from the Carcassonne medieval castle entrance. It offert you 23 contemporary bedrooms. AC ans private car park. ... more less
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- Hotel De l Octroi