We chose to stay at the Hotel Mecure due to the great reviews this Hotel recieved on TripAdvisor. We were not dissapointed.
Hotel staff were friendly and efficient, speaking excellent English.
Arriving very early at the Hotel via the airport shuttle (5 euros each) the reception staff tried to book us into our room, unfortunately it was not ready (We arrived hours before check-in) they stored our luggage in a back room for safety, giving us a ticket to retrieve it later, and handed us a map of the local area to explore.
We were a five minute walk from the Cite, where we later had a leisurely lunch and some good local wine.
Returning to the Hotel, we were given room number 12, which had balcony doors opening onto a wonderful garden. The room was equiped with safe (get key from reception) wide screen TV, minibar. But no tea making facilities, so take your own if this is important to you. The room was cool, and the bed comfortable.
The bathroom was clean and bright with hairdryer, excellent shower, plenty of hot water, good towels and toiletries.
We booked a table in the restaurant on our first evening, and chose to have the 3 course set menu of the day for 15 euros each, accompanied by a bottle of their Bulle de blanquette. The meal and service was faultless, The waiter took the time to explain all the meals to us in English, I cant recommend this restaurant enough. Table settings were clean and attractive, food was excellent with 'dreamy' puddings, and although we were the last to arrive and leave, we were never rushed and always asked if we needed anything further.
The following evening we sat in the hotel garden with a glass of cold white wine before venturing out for a meal in the old walled city. The garden was a relaxing and beautiful retreat. The swimming pool area looked lovely also, although we hadnt brought our bathing costumes to try it out.
Once out in the old cite, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The large square which has lots of outside eateries is full of ambience and character with reasonable priced local dishes/wine of very good quality.
Because of its apparent character and quaintness from outside, we chose on our second evening to eat at the L'ostal restaurant. Unforunately we were disappointed. After ordering our food and recieving our wine, we found it not to be the cleanest of places, and there was a very strong 'toilet' smell waffting about. Four people nearest the toilet vent asked to be moved, and so did we. Because we were sitting in an enclosed small courtyard area, it was hard to escape from the smell completely. Our steaks arrived, and they were not cheap at 14 euros each accompanied by a baked potatoe, a few salad pieces, and a pepper sauce smothering all of the steak? all cooked inside on their open fire. Although the steak did taste fine, I was unable to eat it because of the cleanliness and smell issues.
Breakfast on our last morning was spent at the Hotel, at 12 euros each it was not the cheapest, but it was plentiful and good quality. Available was coffee, tea, fresh juices, fruit, yoghurt, cereals, cheeses, hams, breads, eggs and more. if you fancy a leisurely breakfast with a few coffees and a 4 course breakfast to set you up for the day, this is for you. If you would rather grab a quick coffee, juice, bread and jam, there are many cafes offering this for around 5 euros in the Cite.
Overall experience of Carcassonne for a short break was excellent. The castle is the castle of fairytales, it is jaw droppingly pretty late at night lit up.
Hotel Mecure is an excellent, comfortable, relaxing base from which to explore all that Carcasonne has to offer. base
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 5 minutes walk from the medieval quarter and 10 minutes from the Canal du Midi and the lower city, you will find the Mercure Carcassonne tucked away in a leafy corner. The hotel features a restaurant, a garden, a bar with a fireplace, 80 rooms (all non smoking) and 3 meeting rooms. The hotel has two private secured and free car parks. Whether for a business trip, a holiday or a conference, our hotel is a wonderful place to stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Carcassonne Porte De La Cite Hotel Carcassonne