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“Location just outside the castle is its best selling point”
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Hotel du Chateau
Ranked #4 of 39 Hotels in Carcassonne
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“Location just outside the castle is its best selling point”
Reviewed 25 October 2011

While the castle and the old city is magnificent, I'm glad we didn't opt to stay in one of the hotels within the medieval city's walls (La Cite) - the old world Hotel de la Cite (as charming as the stately hotel is), or the more modest Best Western. After sundown when the tourists leave, the ancient city within the castle walls gets a little dark, quiet, and somewhat eerie I might add (there is also an old cemetary on the city grounds).

So we were very happy we had chosen to stay at the Hotel du Chateau, facing the castle and literally just outside the city walls. The boutique hotel is newish and stylish, and boasts a Carita spa on site (although we didn't manage to try out the spa facilities in the 2 nights we were there as the spa was fully booked).

The hotel rooms were comfortable but small (Classic 14 sq m room, but felt smaller because of the layout). Comfortable bed, good quality toiletries, but unfortanately not enough space for 2 people's luggage. There is also no mini-fridge or even a table area you can stash your drinks and snacks, let alone any coffee or tea-making facility.

If you are in Carcassone just to visit the castle however (apparently Carcassonne is the 3rd most visited place in France!), I would still recommend staying at the Hotel du Chateau.

We paid €162 per night. If you find this a little too much, you can opt to stay at the property's sister hotel just across the road, the Montmorency.

The hotel charges €10 a night for its private parking. Breakfast at €12 on the terrace looked nice, however you can also opt to eat in the restaurants within the castle. Many of them offer a breakfast set for less.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2011

If you want to be outside the old city this hotel is the best location possible. From the terrace and bar you can sit and look at the old city walls just across the road. At night with the walls lit up it is a wonderful sight. The photo at hotel web site shows the night scene and it is exactly that in person. The hotel is nicely furnished and our room a good size. We had a superior double for our 2 night stay. Room was also nicely appointed, the bath modern and clean (separate tub and shower. Staff very helpful. Breakfast is served on the terrace or lounge area affording you a morning view of the city walls. There are 2 friendly dogs on premises that add character and charm to the place as well. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

For visiting Carcassonne the location is perfect, it's just across the road and you have an amazing view of the old city.

We had a junior suite and it was a little small, although well fitted out, clean and perfect for a few days stay, the bathroom and wet room were great! The outside space was private and quiet. The grounds and hotel are lovely. The staff were friendly, professional and efficient.

The car park is 10 euros per night, which seems a little off given the cost of the rooms, and that the large car park is attached to the hotel.

Breakfast was additional to the cost of the room and a bit pricey, but eating outside with the amazing view did make it worth it.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Essendon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

We've just had a 2 night stay at this neat hotel. On arrival we were given a fabulous welcome by the receptionist and instructions on how best to access the old city of Carcassonne... and a friendly nudge by the hotel cat. The room was small but very cleverly set out. One small thing - although immaculate and clean there was a slight fusty smell which was difficult to get rid of. Maybe a consequence of being so close to the outdoor swimming pool?

The helpful and warm nature of the staff followed through during the remainder of our 48 hours. Drinks were well received (indoors as it was raining). Hotel dogs (2) came to say 'bonjour'. Reservations were made on our behalf.

We didn't want to leave and will definitely return.

Room Tip: Rooms upstairs might be noisy at they seem to be over the bar. Suggest you aim for one that is away...
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

This hotel is situation directly across the road from the UNESCO World Heritage site of
A Cite. To sit on the terrace having breakfast looking at this is quite an unreal feeling. Though the rooms are a little small this is made up for by decor and the quality of everything in them. The staffers all very cheerful and helpful, the continental breakfast was good. Everything about this place is good. being so close to the walled city allows you to visit it in the morning or early evening when there are fewer tourists around. All in all this hotel made our trip to Carcassone a very pleasant experience.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel du Chateau
Address: 2 rue Camille Saint Saens, 11000 Carcassonne, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Aude > Carcassonne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Carcassonne
#4 Romantic Hotel in Carcassonne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€€
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel du Chateau 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is ideally situated, facing the towers and city walls of the medieval Cité it welcomes you at the entrance to the drawbridge. The marriage of ancient and modern offers an interesting journey between the medieval and the contemporary.The hotel is totally unique : a rare elegance and model of aestheticism, it is a constant reminder of timeless good taste and defines the art of entertaining guests.Wine tasting and enjoyment in the panoramic bar…A special space, relaxation in the sun or shade around the heated pool, opening from Pâques to Toussaint or the heated Jacuzzi opening all the year. Relaxation, pleasure and absolute refinement in our luxury SPA CARITA ... more   less 
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