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Travel Destinations - Hôtel de la Cité, Carcassonne, France

Part 6
by Wade Rowland

HOTEL DE LA CITE - Luxury Carcassonne France Hotel It is Carcassonne's Inquisition Tower which overlooks the fairy tale garden of one of the most romantic hotels in the world, and one of the friendliest and most accommodating in our experience. Hôtel de la Cité's twenty-three immaculately-detailed rooms are contained within the renovated interior of the old Bishop's palace, next door to the cathedral. One of three small hotels within Carcassone's citadel walls and unquestionably the best, its public spaces are worth a visit whether or not you stay there. Especially interesting is the breakfast room/bar with its enormous paintings showing Carcassonne as it must have looked at various stages of its history, from neolithic times through its Roman, Visigoth and medieval French incarnations.


HOTEL DE LA CITE - Luxury Carcassonne France Hotel We had asked for a room with a double bed when we'd reserved, always a wise precaution unless you prefer the twins that are much more common in French hotels. None was available, but rather than disappoint us, the hotel staff had upgraded us to a corner suite. We could scarcely believe our eyes. Leaded casement windows opened on to the tiny plaza in front of the cathedral and a breeze billowed tapestry-like curtains in the bedroom and sitting rooms. There was a huge, fragrant bouquet in the foyer. The marbled bathroom featured a walk-in shower the size of a horse stall. The furniture was antique and immaculate and there was art on every wall.

That night, out of gratitude but against our better financial instincts, we ate in the hotel dining room. Our suspicion that this was not a room for triflers was confirmed by the wine list, which had the heft of a big-city phone book. Entrées were priced to suit the budget of someone who could actually afford the suite we'd been given.

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