November 13, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne in Carcassonne, France
As if pulled from the pages of a fairytale, Hôtel de la Cité Carcassonne is situated between a pair of historic landmarks, and was once the home of reigning bishops - and now plays hosts to international celebrities and privileged guests alike. Protected by the fortified walls of a medieval citadel, this majestic retreat in Carcassonne, France truly has a dream-like quality, with its stained-glass embellishments, aged gardens and solid walls crafted from stone. Both gorgeous and Gothic in design, the rooms are flanked with authentic antiques as well as replicated pieces, and open up onto the ramparts and gardens. Nod off at night beneath a regal four-post bed, imagining the pleasures that your next day will bring.
Hôtel de la Cité has several dining destinations, including the grand wood-paneled La Barbacane that currently features a special centennial menu, and Le Jardin de l'Eveque for an al fresco experience. The Library Bar, with its sleek crimson chairs and walls lined with thick tomes, is an ideal place to mingle over canapés and live piano entertainment. Surprise your significant other with a romantic dinner in the turn-of-the-century wine cellar, with its arched ceilings molded from bricks, and rich oak paneling lined with the finest of wines. The heated swimming pool boasts views of the historic and neighboring Basilica Saint-Nazaire. Carcassonne itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and offers endless opportunities for enchanting sightseeing and exploration. You can take a leisurely cruise down the Canal du Midi or taste superb vintages at a local winery. For luxury and hospitality with a charming medieval touch, Hôtel de la Cité is a perfect hideaway.
Location of Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne
Nearest Airport: CCF
Amenities for Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne
- General Information
- 61 Guest Rooms
- Wine Cellar
- Bar & Lounge
- On-Site Amenities
- Valet Parking
- Outdoor Heated Pool
- Laundry Facilities
- In-Room Spa Services
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryers
- In-Room Safes
- Mini Bar
- Satellite Television
- Marble Bathrooms
- Luxury Linens
- Luxury Bath Amenities
- Individually Designed Rooms
- Soundproofed Rooms
- Meeting Rooms
- Business Services
- Historic Sites
- Culture & Arts
- Summer Getaways
Reviews for Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne
We found this hotel online and chose to stay due to its convenient and special location inside the citadel. While all went well at check-in, several things were disappointing due to the high price tag of the hotel. I called reception on the first evening to take up the front desk's offer to make dinner reservations at a nearby restaurant. Never received a call back, and instead my husband and I proactively decided to make our own reservations at a nearby restaurant. In addition, beware of their falsely representative promotions touting their spa. After calling the desk and inquiring about availability for a massage, I was smutly advised that all appointment slots from Tuesday-Thursday are fully booked at capacity. For a hotel which was once probably highly fashionable and luxurious in its hey-day, this was quite the unexpected disappointment. Finally, note that not all rooms are created equal at all. Due to our late check in (driving from Catalonia), we were placed in a room on the 1st floor (2nd to US standards) directly over a pedestrian street. Our bathtub had some mold on it. Not what I would expect from a five star hotel.
The building was put up in 1909, in the style of the House of Lords or St Pancras station in London, i.e. OTT fake Gothic - but very charming, and a good fit for the citadel of Carcassonne, with its mixture of medieval and later reconstruction. We upgraded to a suite, which was ridiculously beautiful, at the top of a tower. We had staggering views from 3 sides (turrets and misty countryside, think medieval romances or tapestries), together with a glorious bathroom, pleasant sitting room, and a bedroom with the biggest bed I think I've ever seen (my partner said that a trip over to my side of the bed felt like crossing the International Date Line). Breakfast was very good and varied. The hotel was a great base for exploring Occitania, and I recommend it unreservedly (or at least Suite 301 unless I get there first).
Rachel50_10 - Oxford, United Kingdom
We stayed only one night as a treat. The hotel is beautiful and we slept well. We were happy that we could open the window overnight. Sadly the service was a bit sloppy, our room wasn't ready when we arrived and our phone number was taken so they could call us. No call ever came so after a couple of hours we wandered back and were told that it had been ready for over an hour. Also service in the garden area could be better. Had to search for someone to get a drink, the no one came back to ask if we wanted another.
Maree C - Ottawa, Canada
Only stayed for a day, but loved this historic hotel, which was formerly the bishops palace. Lovely dining room and nice sleeping rooms, though you can get a little lost en route to your room. Good nights sleep - beds are Overall very nice service in an amazing setting!
The location is spectacular and our room was comfortable and clean. However I felt the service was only okay. For example the weather was beautiful in the afternoon we sat outside in the lovely garden to read and not once during 3 hours did someone ask us if we wanted anything. For sure we would have had a drink. We checked into our room our bags were brought up and there was no showing us around the features of our room despite a nice tip! While there was do much good about the hotel, it just missed the 5 *s I would have expected.
Catherine G - Winnetka, Illinois