We were fortunate enough to have found a timeshare in Perpignan,
France and realized that we would do ourselves a disservice if we didn't go back and visit this fairytale of a hotel. We took 2 friends that were visiting us from Barcelona, so they could experience the charm. After some misguided information from our GPS and a 1-lane granite overhung road up the mountains, we arrove in Couiza. Food quality seems to have diminished slightly from our previous visit, the cassoulet was not as creamy or textured (like a creme brule) and the desserts were slightly disappointing. The service was still top notch and our friends had a great time, but my wife and I wish that it had been the same as before. The town and hotel are still very charming, but after our experience of 2 years ago, the food at the restaurant was just not of the same high quality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An imposing castle with a striking silhouette; a square building that opens into a courtyard, set in a lovely garden through which the river Aude flows. Built on the land of the Cathars, the castle bears the stamp of a place steeped in history. In the bedrooms of this 16th century listed building, a medieval atmosphere and modern comforts are skilfully combined. The same clever recipe works its magic in the reception rooms, the old chapel converted into a lounge and the dining rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau Des Ducs De Joyeuse Hotel Couiza