We arrived at the hotel in style. The slightly bewildered crowds reluctantly parted as our driver picked us up from the car park and managed to negotiate his way through the hoards of people exploring ' la cite ' .
I must admit, despite a very warm welcome when we arrived, my initial reaction was to feel a little disappointed.
On first impression things looked a bit musty and well worn and when we settled in our room,I was very pleased that we had been upgraded, because it was only just acceptable really for somewhere with a 5 star rating. ( our room was definitely ready for a bit of fresh paint ! )
However the uniqueness of the hotel began to slowly work its magic as the evening went on.
It is a cool, quiet retreat from the madness outside its main doors. ( A security man stands there at all times to make sure the place isn't over run with non residents )
The hotel runs like a well oiled machine, the service is excellent , definitely worth the 5 star rating. The staff were extremely helpful and politely helped us to print out our return flight details.
The restaurant is superb ! Well worth the Michelin star, and reasonably priced for a treat.
The bedding was really comfortable and very clean !
( great pillows ! )
The grounds and the views from the hotel are beautiful, the bar area is full of character, as are the other shared areas of the hotel.
We had a really enjoyable nights stay and we would return if we visited Carcassonne again.
( Just one word of warning however . If you visit in July / August and you want a very peaceful stay, just check that you don't go when the festival is on. The laminate on our pillow when we arrived warned of amplified music every night that week and it was incredibly loud !!
It was a great part of our experience listening to Vanessa Paradis late at night in the hotel grounds, but it might not be for everyone so it's worth checking the date before you book !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing between two historic landmarks, the Roman Chateau Comtal and the Gothic Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, the Hotel de la Cite is set in its own glorious gardens. With its solid stone walls, wood paneling and stained-glass windows, the Hotel offers luxurious hospitality and award winning cuisine in its two restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De La Cite Hotel
- De La Cite Carcassonne