Hôtel de la CitéCarcassonne, France
As if pulled from the pages of a fairytale, Hôtel de la Cité 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.
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