Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel de la Cité

Pl. August-Pierre Pont, Carcassonne, Occitania, 11000, France Fodor's Choice

Enjoying the finest location within the walls of the old city, this ivy-covered former Episcopal palace provides a high level of creature comfort, which the ascetic Cathars would most definitely have deprived themselves of. Antique-tile floors, afternoon teas, and the sumptuous La Barbacane restaurant (presided over by Michelin-starred chef Jérome Ryon) help make this the spot for visiting celebrities. Tea is served in the library bar or the rotunda lounge, amid detailed woodwork and leaded windows; formal dinners in La Barbacane, with its double-vaulted ceiling and ogival windows, are quite an event; and, for more casual fare, you can view the charmingly cobbled square as you sip a pastis at the Brasserie Le Donjon. A pool in the garden beckons on hot days.

PROS

  • no better location in Carcassonne
  • vintage luxury
  • garden-side pool

CONS

  • must coordinate parking behind the city walls in advance
  • pool is small
  • some guests might prefer something a little more down-to-earth

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Central
Classic
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 04–68–71–98–71

HOTEL DETAILS

59 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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