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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Amazing hotel. We were met at the secure car park and transported to the hotel. There are relaxing gardens to relax in and enjoy drinks before dinner. The heated swimming pool is near by with waiter service. We enjoyed an excellent meal in their one star Michelin restaurant. Our bedroom was superb with very good fittings. The staff were very professional and helpful.
We only stayed a night at the hotel - but it was a great experience from start to finish. The pick up chap at the car park outside the walls was really friendly and very helpful. Checkin was seamless and we had a nice room looking out on to the cathedral. The pool was a much valued oasis in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. And the pool bar staff were really friendly and helpful.Great breakfast in the outside garden was something special - and service very attentive (with a smile).
The moment you park your car on the prive parking you will be taken care off. A mini sized car takes you to the hotel which is beautifully located in the old town. The rooms are in style of the place and the garden with pool has a wonderful feel to it. Personnel takes really good care of you and you feel more then welcome. We did book without the breakfast so i am not able to judge that. The only minus point i found was the shower. The shower head was badly mounted and that could use some upgrading. Overall an amazing experience in an amazing old town.