Hotel du Chateau Carcassonne is a lovely family-run boutique hotel located just outside the walls of the fortified town of Carcassonne in the south of France on the Aude River. This walled city was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997 and looks very much like the impregnable medieval citadel that it used to be. From the hotel, it is only a five-minute walk to the center of Carcassonne.
Hotel du Chateau Carcassonne is a wonderful place to relax after exploring the narrow cobblestone streets of Carcassonne and its cathedral, a national monument dating back to the thirteenth century. The hotel draws on the town’s historic feel and charm, but has all the modern amenities that travelers demand (and two absolutely adorable dogs). A heated pool is available from Easter through November, a year-round outdoor Jacuzzi and an inviting bar. The hotel’s terrace situated just outside its restaurant is a marvelous place to dine or have drinks or coffee with a view of Carcassonne.
Hotel du Chateau has 16 rooms, including a three-room suite, and three other rooms with a terrace. Neutral colors composed of light browns, greens and whites that cover the walls and furniture create a soothing atmosphere. Leather, wood and stone can be found throughout the rooms, all of which include vaulted ceilings, flat-screen television, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. One of the best features of Hotel du Chateau is its 130-square meter spa which offers facials and beauty treatments using Carita and Decleor products. Three massage cabins with a bathroom and private changing room fill the area, as well as a relaxation area with a steam room, swimming pool and Jacuzzi that has water jets and a counter-current swimming aspect.
With its comforting amenities, gorgeous surroundings and warm rooms, Hôtel du Château is perfect for those looking for a relaxing stay that still allows them to step back centuries in the town of Carcassonne.
The region surrounding Carcassonne is dotted with ruins of Cathar castles and fortresses, the remnants of a bloody war between the Catholic Church and the Cathars. There are also many hiking trails in the Pyrenees if you like outdoor activities. The Mediterranean coast is not far away and the quaint seaside towns of Colliure and Banyuls sur Mer, favorites among painters such as Picasso and Matisse, still attract many visitors who enjoy their unique atmosphere. Further down the coast, but not too far away is Figueres in Spain, home of the Dali Museum.
Hôtel du Château
2 Rue Camille Saint Saens
11000 Carcassonne, France
+33 (0)4 68 11 38 38
(parking available at the rear of the hotel)