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L'Echappee Belle Chambres d'Hotes
Ranked #26 of 58 Carcassonne B&B and Inns
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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“A gem!”
Reviewed 3 July 2013

The B&B is located within La Cité, so there's a magical feel to it. Our room was spacious, and the bathroom was surprisingly spacious. The innkeeper, Jackie, was a perfect host, going out of her way for us on more than one occasion, and her dog Lulu was delightful. Breakfast was substantial. Wifi was consistent. My wife found the mattress to be very comfortable, which is high praise. A nearby resto plays music well into the night, but we didn't find that to be annoying. The B&B is at least a 30 minute walk from the Gare, and some of it is uphill, but there is a tram or taxis are available.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

I really wanted to give L'Echappee Belle a higher rating. After all, it is one of the few B&Bs located inside the walls of the medieval city of Carcassonne and is surrounded by history and facilities. The welcome (Kiwi) you receive is great, the breakfast is well up to standard for what you'd expect in a French B&B, and even the little dog is charming. But you can only rate a visit on your experience rather than the experience of others and our enjoyment was marred by the room we occupied (Nr. 4 on the ground floor). The room was too small, dark, noisy (plumbing from elsewhere plus noise from anyone who called to the door), and featured what can only be described as an add-on bathroom squeezed into one end of the room. Some will find it difficult to fit into the bathroom (maybe they can reverse into it). Once there you face the proverbial no room to swing a cat issue (not that you'd take a cat with you into a bathroom...). A very small basin is in the middle, a reasonable shower (nice rainhead) to the right, and a toilet to the left. All that you need, but tight (no room to put anything down) and not well decorated if you raise your head. So we did not enjoy our accommodation. To be balanced, our friends enjoyed their room (2) very much as it was light-filled and had a great view. So if you decide to stay at L'Echappee Belle, make sure you do not end up on the ground floor. And beware on taking too much luggage as you will have to tote it through narrow cobbled streets from the parking (go to the normal paid parking first and then relocate your car to the special "hotel guests" parking that is much closer to the B&B after you check in and get a special permit).

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Jacqui11000, Owner at L'Echappee Belle Chambres d'Hotes, responded to this review, 18 June 2013
I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay at L'Echappee Belle because of the room you booked. Whilst the bedroom is smaller than others in the house, it is priced accordingly and is the only room with access to the small patio in the garden. Regarding the bathroom - unfortunately this was a legacy of the previous owner and a renovation was planned. This has now been completed - new configuration, handbasin and shower - and new photos have been posted on Booking.com.
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Holden, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 5 May 2013 via mobile

L'Echappe Belle is one of the few places to stay in the Medieval City of Carcassonne. It is located not far, however up many steps through the wall of the city, from a special parking lot available only to those staying within the walls.
It is a small B&B with only four rooms, purchased by Jacquie, from Australia, only a few months ago. She is a lovely, friendly woman and is ready to help with any questions about the city.
Our room was small, but adequate, with a gourgeous view over the Cathedral. It had a lovely bathroom with a fabulous shower, and both the room and bathroom were extremely clean. If I were to ever return to Carcassonne, I wouldn't hesitate to stay at L'Echappee Belle.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Watford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

We thought we would book a hotel within the city walls. We are so pleased that we chose this B & B. Jackie has just taken over this business and is very welcoming. The rooms are large and spacious as is the bathroom. The bathroom includes a power shower. The beds are king size and very comfortable. There is a/c for those hot summer nights. The breakfast is great with croissants, bread, cereals, jams and plenty of coffee or tea. It is situated in the heart of the city and you can see the Chateux for your room. At this time of year it is fairly quiet in the evening and not many restaurants are open. We would certainly explore the possibility of returning during the summer months. There is no tv in the rooms or in the lounge but as we were there for only 3 nights this was not a problem. Many thanks again Jackie, we will return.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: L'Echappee Belle Chambres d'Hotes
Address: 5 rue Raymond Roger Trencavel, 11000 Carcassonne, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Aude > Carcassonne
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Ranked #26 of 58 B&Bs / Inns in Carcassonne
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Number of rooms: 4
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