Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite
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Thur Apr 25
With all parties back aboard the bus, we set out again in a south-westerly direction for another 250km drive, this time to Carcassonne. Along the way, Cindy gave a brief history of the Cathars, a religious sect that gained considerable political power in the south of France in the twelfth century …
I caught the 10.15 train to Carcassonne. It's not an express, making about eight stops on the way, but the trip only took an hour and 10 minutes, and thanks to the carriages PA system I now have one more phrase embedded in my French vocabulary - Prochain Arret: Next Stop.
I caught a cab from the station to my hotel, the …
After one whole week in Paris I can finally celebrate the end of my intensive French course by heading down south to Toulouse and Carcassonne. I'm also officially "well" again, having overcome the worst cold of all while in Paris. Saturday morning I boarded a train for Toulouse which took about six hours. Word of advice for anyone thinking about …
Travelled a long way to the south of France for a detour to Carcassonne before heading to Provence. The TGV fast train was great but there was no sensation of speed. It was smooth.
Carcassonne is a Medieval walled city that was mainly rebuilt in the 19C. It may not be completely real but it is completely cool. Mostly a tourist trap with …
After the big day of Caves and Cathar castles we roll into Carcassonne pretty exhausted. We are starving though so we venture into the castle town. Carcassone is basically a fully intact castle with a village inside the outer walls. Once inside the walls we realize that basically every restaurant is not serving food (it is 11pm). After 30mins of …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite
Fine little hotel just across the parking lot from the walled city of Carcassonne. Comfortable rooms (except the AC wasn't working) and good food.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite
We chose this hotel for a couple of nights in Carcassone because of what we'd seen in earlier reviews about having your car in one of the hotels within the old city. They were right - it would have been a pain where as the Mercure was only 2/3 minutes walk (uphill) away but without the aggravation. That alone would have made it a great choice.
The location of this hotel is convenient for visiting la Cite Medievale, virtually steps away from the official tourist parking lot. However, it is a little further away from the River Aude and new town, where there are more, probably better restaurants than in la Cite. I would say it is still walking distance though.
Great location, very welcoming
Ideally placed for access to La Cite, although the final steps up were a little wearing in the southern French heat. A modern style hotel with very friendly staff who could cope (mostly!) with conversations in English. The restaurant provided good meals at reasonable prices although the breakfasts were not particularly wonderful. Of special note were the Grand Vins de Mercure featuring decent wines of Burgundy and Bordeaux at incredibly good prices, mostly below 30 Euro. The rooms are air conditioned but when the outside temperature rose above 30 degrees C the units seemed to struggle to de-humidify the air, but it was certainly better than nothing. The rooms are compact but adequate. The external swimming pool with poolside bar was pleasant for a late afternoon dip and drink.
Being American with a French vocabulary consisting of 4 words, I was very nervous, but the staff at Mercure was absolutely wonderful at making me feel at ease. They helped me with car rental, train tickets, directions, exchanging money - totally prepared for any situation. It's safe too behind a security gate. Everything about Mercure is charming, but the service is what makes it stand out. The restaurant is excellent: the dinner fantastic (must try the salmon!), the wine fabulous, the breakfast a good value. It's not easy to find, so spend the 10Euros and cab it from the train station. Great view out the back of the medieval city. I walked there and had a great afternoon. When you return, a beautifully landscaped courtyard is the ticket if you enjoy a peaceful glass of wine outdoors. If its cold, no problem, a cozy sitting area with fireplace is just the thing. Room was clean, the shower hot, the towels soft, the bed just ok. The only thing I didn't expect was the natural wake up service you get free of charge - a rooster in the row of houses nearby! Overall a great place worthy of more stars. Good for couples wanting a romantic getaway. I recommend it highly.
We travelled as a family with two early-teen kids, and stayed in early Jan 2006. We asked and received adjoining rooms. The citadel could been seen from the bedroom windows, which looked onto the back of the hotel. The hotel's location is ideal - about 200 yards from the Eastern gates.
Great location, reasonable rooms
Great location, reasonable rooms, good resteraunt and car parking. Nice friendly staff as well. There are hotels within the city walls, but for this was a good compromise of price and location.
Terrific value & great location
Steps from the Old City in a pleasant setting. Excellent price and special for seniors with FREE parking. Rooms are clean albeit somewhat sparse but more than adequate. Pleasant dining room off garden, substantial breakfast plus a Pool make for a lovely stop.
We found the Mercure de la Cite quite charming. Our room had two single beds with colorful yellow and blue coverings. No duvets here. The rooms were very tiny. We closed up the luggage rack in the closet , and put the chair by the dresser in the closet. The bathroom was very clean. Actually none of this bothered us. We were within walking diestance of the walled city of Carcassone so after dinner we strolled up and through the city. It was a sight to behold all lit up for the evening.
If this is only a 2 star hotel, I'd love to see a 5 star!!
Friendly staff with lots of useful maps of the area, the town and La Cite.
Great location: two mins walk to the ramparts and 10 mins walk around the ramparts to the lower town and area to the restaruants and old bridge.
Rooms a little on hte small side but very comfortable and clean with views over vineyards. Very secure private parking with its own decent restaurant and bar. Food on room service was excellent if a little pricey.
Really enjoyed our stay here, in May. Near enough to all the amenities but far enough away from the crowds.