Hotel de la Cite
Carcassonne, South of France, France
At a Glance
A hotel full of history makes for a fascinating stay
Home to a Michelin-star restaurant - La Barbacane
Well placed to explore the cultural richness the region has to offer
The hotel welcomes and practically accommodate families
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Provence enjoys a pleasant, Mediterranean climate. On average, Provence gets 300 days of sunshine each year, with warm but mild temperatures. Summer is high season here, with August bringing the hottest weather and the biggest crowds. Spring is a great time of year, the weather is warm, with temperatures swaying between 16 and 20°C, and the crowds are small. If you want to see lavender fields then it would be best to visit the region in June. In October the weather starts to cool. Fall is also the start of the wettest weeks of the year. October sees an average of 3.7 inches of rain, with an average of three inches following in November. Still, it never gets all that chilly and snow is rare. In January, the mercury rarely dips beneath the -1°C.
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Hotel de La Cite offers a medieval experience in the heart of Carcassonne. The medieval experience, of course, is accompanied by luxurious rooms and amenities, a fabulous location, exceptional views, a Michelin-star restaurant and an outstanding service.
Hotel de La Cite, located in the heart of the Medieval citadel of Carcassonne, is a very unique hotel. The castle-like hotel offers almost a fairytale-like experience during your stay here with all its hidden secrets, romantic gardens and idyllic views. The hotel has a very medieval feel to it and it is brimming with history, however, it is not without the modern comforts of the 21st century. Being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the majority of the original features are still in place and have simply been retouched to turn it into a five star hotel.
The hotel is well-situated to explore the local area of the Citadel of Carcassonne. There are many Cathar castles to discover, lush vineyards to visit and charming villages to see.
Accommodation at the hotel is within keeping of the medieval theme. All rooms are contemporary but remain sympathetic to the heritage style of the hotel. It gives you sense of going back in time, yet without the loss of the modern creature comforts.
The hotel is home to a fabulous Michelin-star restaurant, La Barbacane, the only one in the citadel. There is a sophisticated atmosphere to the restaurant, and, it is of course within line of the medieval style with its stained glass windows and wood panelling.
A few days spent at this hotel will really give you an insight into the local culture and history of the citadel. You will enjoy being able to experience a bit of medievalness in luxury and with a fine customer service to make your stay memorable.
Hotel de la Cite houses 47 guest rooms and 13 suites. They are all beautifully appointed with original features and modern luxuries. Some of the rooms have balconies and terraces offering spectacular views of Carcassonne, others overlook the picturesque cobbled streets of the citadel. The rooms have opening windows, Wi-Fi internet, luxurious bed linen and tea/coffee making facilities.
Junior Suites are approximately 45 sqm and benefit from a lounge area with couch, coffee table and writing desk and bathroom with twin vanities. Some of the junior suites also benefit from terraces with delightful views of the hotel park and convenient access to the hotel's outdoor swimming pool.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Hotel de la Cite and they will love staying in the castle with its secret passages and hidden treasures. An extra bed or crib can be added to rooms to comfortable accommodate families. Babysitting can be arranged upon request.
Hotel de la Cite has a strong emphasis on its gastronomy experience for guests. The medieval theme stretches to the restaurants where there is an air of sophistication. La Barbacane is the Michelin-star restaurant focusing on creating traditional French cuisine. Brasserie Le Donjon serves imaginative dishes created using seasonal local produce. Le Jardin de l'Evêque is a more causal affair with its summer opening when you can dine in the warm sun or under the canopy of the trees.
The hotel is ideally located for you to acquaint yourself with the local area. There are many castles, villages and ancient abbeys nearby to explore. The hotel can arrange tours and excursions to take you to the sites of interest. A barge cruise on the Canal du Midi is a great way to take in the area. River Aude offers opportunities for water sports enthusiasts - white water rafting is a popular choice! The Carcassonne Golf club is popular with gold enthusiasts as it has achieved international standard. The area is renowned for is gastronomy and wine so restaurant and vineyard visits are a must.