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We arrived in Carcasonne on Saturday the 17th. All I could think of is Teddy, Josie and Theo ... and Pete would love this place. It is filled with little army men in every store! The castle sits on a hill with a moat and many buildings inside the walls. there is no water around the walls however it looks so fascinating! All I kept thinking was " …
We parked, left our belongings and headed to the Castle - we took the audio tour. Very interesting...very medieval. We had a great lunch at a small restaurant in the Castle gates called Le Saint Jean. We had dinner next door that evening, sitting outside...which was amazing at Adelaide Restaurant. Wine is less expensive than Perrier!!
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... s New Castle) which was invested twice during the Albigensian Crusade. The first time was in 1211 when the Counts of Toulouse and Foix besieged the Crusader leader Simon de Montfort here. Louis XIII ordered the castle demolished in 1623.
There is a castle-like structure west of the Moulin du Cugarel called Chateau d’Eau (the Water Tower) which I walked to, but this appears to be a private residence. I did meet a very friendly dog on the way who stuck his ...
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- Wheelchair accessibility
one of teh best hotels ever...great service and lovely property....
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My wife, our two kids (6 and 4 years at the time) and I stayed at La Hôtel de la Cité in July 2003. We were in Carcassonne for 3 days, en route to Barcelona from Paris.
This quality hotel is a number of linked old buildings backing onto the inside wall of the medieval city battlements.
Carcassonne gets very, very, busy in August and pedestrian traffic jams can occur if two or three child push chairs should meet in one of the narrow streets. The souvenir shops sell toy swords and shields. The swords let out an electronic clang when banged against each other. We've never seen so many small boys duelling with their fathers at the same time. So the streets are noisy as well as hectic. The hotel provides a welcome contrast. The quite bedrooms and public rooms are as one would expect from an hotel of this class. The main restaurant is correctly rated by Michelin. It has an excellent wine list, concentrating, as French lists do, on the local area. This means that the advice of the wine steward should be sought and followed. As a result you are likely to make a delicious find at a reasonable price, considering the quality.
Usually I'm one of the 'who carers about the room I'll be out all the time' brigade so it took a bit of consideration before booking this hotel. What an inspired decision it turned out to be. OK so let's be clear - I didn't go the whole hog and book the carlos fandango have your own sitting room kind of suite - I opted for the cheapest internet special rate but it was glorious. Best location - right in the city walls, gorgeous garden -including a pool with a view and staff who just couldn't do enough (rather unusual in itself - let's just say I don't look like a major tipper). The room was giant....double sinks in marble bathroom, antique French furniture, posh, sweet smelling toiletries, fluffy bathrobes - you get the picture. But when you get there don't just gloat at your inspired choice - waddle down to the restaurant. This is an experience I will take to the grave. Gourmet face stuffing at it's finest. I could fault nothing. I'm still boring people with the details of my meal. I was worried that my previous experiences of frosty waiters who seem to delight in your discomfort in a hushed dining room would be repeated in such a fine establishment but this was not the case. The restaurant was buzzing and the staff knew when to pamper and when to give you peace to talk rubbish to your partner...ideal. GO!
We have just come back from this hotel and it is quite simply an amazing place, we arrived about 2.30p.m for check in and were upgraded to a junior suite with terrace, this room was absolutely stunning!, it was 33c outside but this room was like an ice box, it was just what we needed after spending the previous night in toulouse dripping with sweat!.
If you want to celebrate a special occasion in an amazing walled town look no further!
I have been vacationing in the area since I was a kid -that's for the past 30 years or so : I know it quite well. I walked passed the gate to the Hotel de la Cité numerous times, while touring visiting friends round Carcassonne.
We stayed at the la Cite in June 2004. Getting there can be a minor pain -- taxis do not meet the trains, and the taxi ranks in the town are always bare -- and the taxi call phone has been removed from both the train station and the taxi call stand. We tried to walk to the hotel, but there is no way to do it with luggage -- too steep. I'd suggest calling the hotel from the train station to ask them to call a taxi. The hotel is magnificent. Really a castle, and a medieval floor plan. Lots of ups and downs, stairs, and passageways. The staff is excellent. And the location is inside the wall of a medieval city. Rooms are not large, but they are well done. And when you walk out the door, you are in another century. By the way, the restaurant almost opposite the front entrance, which cooks with a wood oven, has the best paysenne pizza in France. You need to book the la Cite in advance -- they fill up quickly as fellow travellers told us (who could not get a room there). There are other hotels in the walled part of Carcassonne, but they looked small, and no where near as magnificent as the la Cite. The pool in the back is in a garden, and the views to the west are great at sunset.
The glorious Hotel de la Cite. We arrived to a wam welcome this week and were showed promptly to our suite - 118. As we walked up the stone steps to the front door via a beautiful glassed atrium area we were welcomed to the first view of the suite. A table and chairs with flowers, chocolates and a bottle of champagne first greeted us. To the right there was a well stocked little kitchenette with a fridge that actually kept drinks cold!! lovely teas, coffee and more chocolates in the fridge. Then there was a very comfortable sofa and desk along with fax machine etc. (if required). Then a door onto the decked terrace area with table and chairs with a wonderful view across the hills from Carcassonne where we supped champagne and chattered. The bathroom had everything you could wish for and a huge selection of goodies including L'Occitane products (one of our favourites!) - huge walk in shower, separated loo and huge bath. Towelling dressing gowns and slippers. The bedroom was lovely with a TV that swizzled round for viewing from the sofa and coffee table or to relax our feet lying on the beds. The hotel offers nearly 100 videos as well at 5 E's a go. Due the the somewhat foul weather during our stay these were avidly watched as we dried ourselves off. And more - the hotel restaurant is stunning, food wonderful with a pianist happily playing thru the evening. Breakfast served in your room or in their Saskia Restaurant was 100%. The hotel has the only swimming pool within the Ramparts but due to the weather we really did not need to dip! I would recommend this hotel to anyone and cant wait to go back. I will write separately on our additional gourmet experiences as well as travel experiences.Enjoy, relax and luxuriate in this stunning hotel full of friendly, efficient staff - nothing was too much trouble.
Perfectly French in Caracassonne
Hotel de la Cite was a wonderful, magical stop. The hotel was beautiful and perfectly French. The staff and grounds were equally amazing.
Whatever money you have to spend, you owe it to yourself to experience this terrific destination. At night, you can feel the history calling you.
Absolute luxury from the moment we arrived.The suites are fantastic with some of the best views I've seen.I can't fault the food,the only place I have ever eaten that was better was The Ritz in London. If you want to treat someone special,this is the one! I will definatley be making a return visit.