We chose this hotel for our first two nights in France as we prepared to travel through the Canal du Midi on a chartered boat. At first, the location seemed a little inconvenient as it was a cab ride away from downtown city center and appeared isolated. But it turns out to be a great bargain and located very near La Cite. We had a shopping mall with two grocery stores within a 2 to 3 minute walk across parking lot. This was important to us as we wanted to buy provisions for boat. We also discovered that the bus that stops right in front of shopping mall is a 3 minute ride to La Cite. 1 euro per person, and driver drops you two blocks from entrance to La Cite. Locals are willing to help you with which bus (take the #10 to La Cite from Casino supermarket). After spending a few hours at La Cite we wanted to go into city center at base of town. Again locals directed us to the correct bus, leaving from the same bus stop we were dropped at for La Cite (the #4 takes you to downtown area, 1 euro per person). We walked 5 minutes to heart of downtown and were able to exchange US $$ for euros at very good rate at Post office. After wandering around town, we took the number 10 bus right back to Casino supermarket, across the street from Campanile Est-La Cite. Rooms are clean and functional. This is no frills hotel with friendly, courteous staff, clean rooms and wonderfully comfortable beds for bargain price. We ate breakfast here; typical european style (croissants, sweet breads/pasteries, yougurt, cafe, expresso machine, juices, fresh fruit, ham and cheese) and it was very good. We did not eat dinner based on reviews here on TA. We went into town first night by cab for dinner and had wine, cheese and crackers and snacks for a lite dinner (all purchased at grocery) at little seating area on second floor near elevator the next night. I would highly recommend this hotel for convenience, budget price, location, ease of getting to downtown and La Cite if you aren't afraid of being adventuresome and learning the bus system. For anyone traveling on chartered boat wanting a stopover on way to Homps, or using Carcassonne as base point for Le Boat, this is an ideal choice.
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