We spent one night at Hotel L'Octroi. Our triple room was very small, but clean. Each room is decorated in a different colour - orange, red, green - quite psychadelic really and a bit overhwelming in such a small space. The bed was very comfortable. The ac only seemd to blow hot air, but our window opened onto a small courtyard so was fairly quiet. The bathroom had a shower over the bath with a curtain around it and had good hot water.
One of the couples we travelled with said their room smelt very musty and when they opened their window they could smell strong cooking odours from somewhere nearby. Their cold water adjustment was not working (very unusual taps) so they could not shower as they only had hot water. The other couple had a double room next to ours and although small, it was fine.
There is no lift and the spiral staircase to the first and second floors was a bit challenging with heavy bags. The breakfast area next to reception is very basic, but all this was quite evident on the website so all was as expected.
We arrived early evening and when we looked out our window we saw the top of the old cite lit up like something from a fairy tale. We walked the two blocks there and had dinner, planning on going back the next morning before leaving to have a good look. Unfortunately it was pouring the next day so we weren't able to do so.
The girl on reception when we checked in was very nice and helpful. The girl on duty the next morning was less so.
I think this hotel is fine for a short stay, but due to the lack of space/storage in the room I could not cope for more than 2 nights.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel De l Octroi