Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne – MGallery Collection
What We Love
- Calm, beauty and a warm welcome within the walls of a magical city
- Home to the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Carcassone's medieval citadel
- The view of the city ramparts from the hotel’s outdoor heated pool (open May to September)
What To Know
- In peak season (June to August) Carcassonne gets extremely busy; call the hotel to organize parking and book tables in advance
- Cobblestones abound; make sure to come equipped with sturdy walking shoes
- In colder months, pack warm pajamas. The hotel heating can take a while to kick in
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The discreet entrance to this hotel would make you think this was a small, cozy inn. But the hotel — built in the early 1900s on the site of the former bishop’s palace — actually stretches the length of the street. Elaborate murals and paneled walls decorate the reception area, which opens onto manicured gardens surrounded by the citadel ramparts. Understated furnishings and a neutral color scheme combine with a dramatic neo-gothic backdrop, so that the rich history of this beautiful building shines through without overwhelming.
Bed and Bath
Neo-gothic windows admit light onto pale gray marble, oak furnishings, and richly hued trimmings. Many rooms have separate bathrooms and toilets; all have classic white porcelain tubs and sinks, plus shining taps and fittings. Soft white towels and robes and Damana toiletries in recycled cardboard packaging keep the look understated and comfortable.
Pull out all the stops for a world class dinner with fabulously attentive service at the Michelin-starred La Barbacane restaurant, followed by a nightcap in the Library bar, or opt for a more casual gourmet lunch at Brasserie Le Donjon. Rising-star sommelier Baptiste Ross-Bonneau will advise on wine, and he’ll wow you with his knowledge, enthusiasm and passion. He also carries out wine-tasting sessions for guests in the hotel’s cellars (call ahead for advance bookings). Breakfast is a buffet feast; choose from pancakes, eggs and bacon, the freshest seasonal fruit and classic French pastries.
In the Area
A fortified settlement has existed at Carcassonne since before Roman times, and after a turbulent history filled with sieges, battles, fires, rebuilding and painstaking renovation in the 19th century, the city now stands as a proud example of a medieval fortified citadel. Explore the cobbled alleys, take a tour of the ramparts and, beyond the city walls, wander the quieter Ville Basse, or lower town, or stroll or cycle along the Canal du Midi. Hungry? Try Comte Roger for outdoor fine dining or Adelaide for family-friendly local fare. At night Le Bar à Vin has contemporary sounds provided by top local and international DJs.
How to Get There
Our family has spent the last week travelling from Paris & this hotel within the walls of the Old city is simply beautiful. A highlight of our trip, providing beautifully decorated rooms with views over the city & mountains. Very helpful staff & great breakfast included. Can’t wait to visit again
All you expect from a 5 star place. Obviously the location inside the city walls makes it an outstanding place. Make sure you ask for parking location before you arrive and to get a shuttle to the hotel first time. We will be back for sure.
A lovely beautiful hotel! The staffs are helpful and friendly. The room is spacious with great amenity. They also provide 2 bottles of water day and night. The breakfast is just right. After breakfast, do take a walk outside the restaurant. From there, you can view the castle, the walled city, mountain, and clear sky, all together in front of your eyes, just like what you can only see in a postcard. The entire hotel is so spectacular. You ought to reserve time to walk around and use the facilities in this hotel. It's absolutely superb!
Was on a road trip with my family
Stopped at hotel de la Cite for dinner and breakfast
Superb quality of service and food . Also loved the well decorated bedrooms with great amenities
We will go back !
This is the third time we have stayed at this magnificent hotel and each time it seems to get better. All the staff are first class, very friendly and as professional as you will find anywhere in the world.
The restaurant staff at breakfast are simply amazing. Nothing is too much trouble and the service is second to none. The reception staff are also excellent and represent the highest standards possible. The. Chambermaids are quietly efficient and our room was left beautifully clean each day.
If you want a romantic stay with some history thrown in, then this is the place to come. You will be left wondering why you didn’t come years earlier when you see the architecture.