The Hotel de la Cité is a magical place located in the heart of the medieval fortified city of Carcassonne and is part of the MGallery Collection. A 5-star hotel located within the walls of Carcassonne, built in the 19th century in a Neo-Gothic style. The hotel has 47 rooms and 13 suites and also features an outdoor pool and shaded park. Discover a hotel where the art of hospitality is paired with gourmet dining from Chef Jérôme Ryon at the Barbacane restaurant. It's an ideal starting point for a medieval stop-off: you can visit the Château Comtal and the St Nazaire Basilica within the city, then stroll around the Carthar castles and take a boat ride on the Canal du Midi. Surprise your children all year round with events in Carcassonne and the city (Middle Age on stage, jousting, the Magic of Christmas, etc).
Sculpted wood paneling, ornamental tapestries and stained-glass windows - everything comes together to create a warm and intimate atmosphere.Spacious rooms elegantly decorated in a sophisticated French style and pleasantly furnished thanks to the know-how of local artisans.
All the rooms come with air conditioning, 110/120 V AC, 220/240 V AC, safe deposit box in room, free in-room mineral water, telephone, radio in room, opening windows, WIFI in your room, extra bed in room for child, crib on request, work desk, manual temperature control, high speed transmission line, minibar and coffee/tea making facilities. Bathrooms with shower, bathtub, hair dryer in bathroom and at reception.
Room service includes alarm clock, operator wake up call and automatic wake up call.
Security: keycard-operated door locks, audible smoke alarms in rooms, deadbolts and/or locks in rooms and emergency info in rooms.
1 Single bed. 215 sq. ft. (20 m²) Tea and coffee making facilities, iPod station, 42" TV and DVD player.
1 king size bed, view of the narrow city streets. 269.sq. ft. (25 m²) Tea and coffee making facilities, iPod station, 42" TV and DVD player. The bed may be turned into twin beds on request.
1 double bed and twin beds. 376 sq. ft. (35 m²), Tea and coffee making facilities, iPod station, 42" TV and DVD player.
1 King size bed, view of garden and ramparts. 269 sq. ft. (25 m²) Tea and coffee making facilities, iPod station, 42" TV and DVD player. The bed may be turned into twin beds.
1 King size bed, 1 sofa bed, view of the garden and ramparts or basilica. 484 sq. ft. (45m²) Separate shower, tea and coffee making facilities, iPod docking station, 48" TV and DVD player.
1 King size bed, 1 sofa, view of the garden or basilica. 592 sq. ft. (55 m²), separate lounge, marble bathroom with bathtub and separate shower, minibar, safe, Nespresso machine, iPod station, 48" TV, robes, slippers.
1 double bed, 1 single bed, 2 rooms, terrace, garden or rampart view. 592 sq. ft. (55m²) Terrace, garden/rampart view, separate lounge, separate shower, Nespresso machine, iPod station and 48" TV.
"Welcome to Hotel de la Cité! Marvel in the unique experience of this historical setting in the heart of the medieval fortress of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Adélaïde and Hadrian Pujol - Hotel Management"
Jean-Philippe BOUBLIL, Hotel Manager.
Online check-in, WIFI/Internet Access, parking, pet allowed (€ 0), swimming pool, babysitting on request, 100% non-smoking hotel, air conditioning, reception open 24 hours a day, dry cleaning / Ironing, currency exchange, porter, concierge, room service, business centre, copy/print service available.
Outside the hotel, you can take a dip in the heated pool (the only one inside the walled city), surrounded by lush greenery, with an imposing view of the Basilica Saint-Nazaire just beyond...
Have a drink in the private spacious hotel gardens overlooking the ramparts of the medieval Citadel.
Close to picturesque villages, Cathar castles and historic sites, the Hôtel de la Cité provides easy and close access to a wide range of activities.
The reception desk can arrange day excursions, sightseeing and barge-cruises on the XVII century Canal du Midi.
You can also enjoy Horse-riding in the nearby countryside.
Situated close to the medieval citadel, the Carcassonne Golf Club has earned its reputation as a course of international standard.
Tennis facilities, Hiking and Cycling are all available in the surrounding area.
Flowing from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean, the 170 kms of navigable waters of the River Aude offer a variety a variety of white water sports
And of course, the Mediterranean beaches an only hour away by car.
Equipped with top-of-the-range audiovisual equipment with a giant screen, VCR, digital overhead projector and photocopier, this hotel can organize seminars, cocktail parties and receptions for up to 250 guests.Numerous activities (medieval banquets with troubadours and minstrels, medieval jousts, regional wine tasting or cruises along the Canal du Midi) can be organized on request.
Number of meeting rooms: 5
Maximum size: 350 m²
Maximum capacity: 180
Maximum banquet capacity: 220
DAME CARCAS 1 (A) 27 m2 Height 2.7 m. Theatre style 20. U-shaped Room 15. Classroom style 15.
DAME CARCAS 2 (B) 23 m2 Height 2.7 m. Theatre style 20. U-shaped Room 12. Classroom style 12.
DAME CARCAS 3 (A+B) 40 m2 Height 2.7 m. Theatre style25. U-shaped Room 20. Classroom style 20. Banquet 24.
LE SALON DU JARDIN 350 m2 Height 3.6 m. Theatre style 180. U-shaped Room 80. Classroom style 120. Banquet 220.
VILLA SAN MICHELE 100 m2 Height 4.2 m. Theatre style 80. U-shaped Room 35. Classroom style 35. Banquet 48.
Carcassonne is a Unesco World Heritage site, and may be the greatest hilltop fortress at least in France. It dates back to before the 12th century. G2 from our experienced traveller friends said:
• Too magnificent to miss
• Too commercial and crowded to enjoy
So our game plan was to arrive 3 - 4 pm as the crowds began to disperse, stay at a luxury hotel inside the walls, have dinner inside the walls so that we could walk through it at night, get up early the next morning to see it again before the crowds then leave by 11 am. At the last minute we decided to hire a private guide to make sure we really understood all of the culture.
Arriving turned out to be big fun, because we were driven through the crowded gates and streets right to the door of our hotel while everyone else walked. Made for a great entrance. When we checked into our hotel we saw them preparing for a big event.
We had 30 minutes before meeting our guide, and our “get acquainted” walk through the village quickly confirmed “too crowded and commercial”. The guide turned out to be a wonderful idea. We focused on the structure and its history, and the lighting was perfect for taking photos.
After our tour ended at 6:30 pm we discovered that the “big event” in our hotel was the former President of France, Francois Hollande, giving the Medal of Merit to the owner of the hotel.
She went from nothing to owning five marquee hotels, and has done a lot for women and the people of France. We didn’t know all he was saying about her but it was fun to observe while in our hotel.
Then we decided to use our loyalty coupon for a free drink at the hotel bar while the ceremony was still underway. Gaet, our bartender, turned out to be a master mixologist. Even though he had some amazing cocktails on his menu Betsy turned him loose to create something with gin, herbs, perhaps cucumber. As he built his creation he said “be right back, I need to go to my herb garden”. Here is what he created.
Our idea for walking across the village for dinner worked out perfectly. We got to see the village go to sleep, as happens with so many Unesco sites, and have a lovely dinner. Then we followed the advice of our guide and walked down into town and the river to get a view of the fortress lit up at night. Here was our reward — at 10:30 pm. By the way, we felt totally safe.
And it was fun to walk back through the medieval village as it went to bed for the night. The next morning we expected to again have the place to ourselves, at least for an hour. When we exited the hotel we found a huge throng of soldiers and other officials. It turns out that there was a major annual ceremony in the cathedral honoring the military.
The rest of the village was indeed empty, and we got to enjoy it in the soft morning light without the crowds. It was fun to see the delivery trucks going through the narrow streets.
As we were driven back out through the gates to leave the crowds were arriving in full force. Perfect timing! We are so glad that we had a plan, and did not miss this special place with so much history.
Betsy & Jim
Thank you. We had a wonderful time in Carcassonne, and I thought you might appreciate the view of our stay that I shared with a number of friends. Through the lens of a guest is a view you do not always get. We certainly did make the most of our time there.
Carcassonne is a fortified French town in the Aude department, of which it is the prefecture, in the Region of Occitanie.
Inhabited since the Neolithic period, Carcassonne is located in the Aude plain between historic trade routes, linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean sea and the Massif Central to the Pyrénées. Its strategic importance was quickly recognized by the Romans who occupied its hilltop until the demise of the Western Roman Empire and was later taken over in the fifth century by the Visigoths who founded the city. Its strategic location led successive rulers to expand its fortifications until the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659.
The city is famous for the Cité de Carcassonne, a medieval fortress restored by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1853 and added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. Consequently, Carcassonne relies heavily on tourism but also counts manufacture and wine-making as some of its other key economic sectors.
Carcassonne is located in the south of France, about 80 kilometres east from the city of Toulouse. Its strategic location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea has been known since the neolithic era.
The town's area is about 65 km2 (25 sq m), which is significantly larger than the numerous small towns in the Aude department. The rivers Aude, Fresquel and the Canal du Midi flow through the town.
Carcassonne was the first fortress to use hoardings in times of siege. Temporary wooden ramparts would be fitted to the upper walls of the fortress through square holes beneath the rampart itself. It provided protection to defenders on the wall and allowed defenders to go out past the wall to drop projectiles on attackers at the wall beneath.
The fortified city itself consists essentially of a concentric design of two outer walls with 53 towers and barbicans to prevent attack by siege engines. The castle itself possesses its own drawbridge and ditch leading to a central keep. The walls consist of towers built over quite a long period. One section is Roman and is notably different from the medieval walls with the tell-tale red brick layers and the shallow pitch terracotta tile roofs. One of these towers housed the Catholic Inquisition in the 13th century and is still known as "The Inquisition Tower".
Carcassonne was demilitarised under Napoleon and the Restoration, and the fortified cité of Carcassonne fell into such disrepair that the French government decided that it should be demolished. A decree to that effect that was made official in 1849 caused an uproar. The antiquary and mayor of Carcassonne, Jean-Pierre Cros-Mayrevieille, and the writer Prosper Mérimée, the first inspector of ancient monuments, led a campaign to preserve the fortress as a historical monument. Later in the year the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, already at work restoring the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, was commissioned to renovate the place.
In 1853, work began with the west and southwest walls, followed by the towers of the porte Narbonnaise and the principal entrance to the cité. The fortifications were consolidated here and there, but the chief attention was paid to restoring the roofing of the towers and the ramparts, where Viollet-le-Duc ordered the destruction of structures that had encroached against the walls, some of them of considerable age. Viollet-le-Duc left copious notes and drawings on his death in 1879, when his pupil Paul Boeswillwald and, later, the architect Nodet continued the rehabilitation of Carcassonne.
The restoration was strongly criticized during Viollet-le-Duc's lifetime. Fresh from work in the north of France, he made the error of using slates and restoring the roofs as point-free environment. Yet, overall, Viollet-le-Duc's achievement at Carcassonne is agreed to be a work of genius, though not of the strictest authenticity.
Type of cuisine: Gourmet. Authentic setting and sophisticated cuisine by the star chef Jérôme Ryon (1 Michelin star), where his creativity emphasizes local products and you can discover exceptional wines.
Terrace in summer.
Our Menus: Children men, gluten free menu and vegetarian menu.
Our Chef : Jérôme Ryon
Lunch: 12:30 - 14:00. Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Dinner: 19:30 - 21:30. Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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Train Station: Carcassonne (5 Kms)
Airport: Carcassonne Airport (7 Kms)
Flights to and from London-Stansted and Brussels-Charlero to Carcassonne
From Blagnac Airport in Toulouse: On leaving Blagnac Airport, take the motorway A61 in the direction of Montpellier/Carcassonne. As you approach Carcassonne, 2 exits are indicated. Take the second exit, Carcassonne Est (East Carcassonne). Follow the road signs for La Cité or Cité Médiévale. On reaching the Citadel, follow the road signs indicating the access to the guarded car park for hotel guests, going by the walls of the old cemetery.
At the gate, inform the guard that you are a guest of the hotel. You can park your car there and a vehicle will be sent to take you into the Citadel up to the hotel. Please note: Traffic is not permitted into the Citadel from 9 am to 6 pm from Easter to early November.
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