Photos courtesy of Hôtel de la Cité
40 rooms and 21 suites
Double rooms: 219–475 euros
Suites: 309–925 euros
Rates do not include breakfast
Packages and discounts available
Open: all year
Carcassonne is southeast of Toulouse. It is connected by train to all major cities. The hotel is inside the city wall near the Cathedral of Sainte-Nazaire.
On site: swimming pool
Nearby: the medieval city of Carcassonne; golf; tennis; horseback riding
Since 1906 the palace doors of the Hôtel de la Cité have been opened to paying guests.
In the late 1990s, the Hôtel de la Cité and the Dame Carcas hotels were acquired and refurbished by the Orient Express group, resulting in the most luxurious and elegant accommodations in all of Carcassonne.
The charming medieval touches of the old hotel fortunately still remain: the leaded Gothic windows, double-vaulted ceilings, and ceiling-high fireplaces.
Guest rooms may have four-poster beds, Louis XVI-style furnishings, or lovely contemporary decor. Some open up onto terraces and balconies with views of the ramparts or gardens.
Eating opportunities abound at the hotel. The gourmet dining restaurant, La Barbacane, is open for dinner only. Chez Saskia is a more casual affair for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During the winter months, the stylish Côté Cheminée restaurant is warmed by a crackling log fire, and during the summer, enjoy a sumptuous meal outside in the Jardin de Eveque. If you want to relax with a drink, the library bar will provide.
Highly regarded restaurant—La Barbacane
Wine cellar for small groups