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OFF Seine, 58-room hotel moored near the Gare d’Austerlitz, is the first of its kind in France and part of Paris’s ambitious riverside development scheme
The hotels I have stayed in so far have been a mixed bunch.
The Hotel Boquier in Avignon is superb; it is close to the station and about 15 minutes from the Pope’s Palace. The hotel is down a side street and is very quiet. The continental breakfasts were excellent.
The Mistral in Montpellier is close to the station and about three minutes from Place de la Comedie. The breakfasts are OK, but the main problem with the hotel is that it’s situated in a very noisy neighbourhood and some of the guests are also noisy. The floors of the rooms also seem to be continuous at each level, so that you can feel people moving around in other rooms.
Will’s Hotel is a quiet hotel, close to the station with excellent breakfasts. The only problem I found was that it was closed until 5pm on a Sunday when I arrived. It’s about 10 minutes to the Archbishop’s Palace.
The Montmorency Hotel at Carcassonne is very close to the Narbonne Gate and is excellent although slightly pricey and is half-an-hour’s walk from the train station. The breakfast is extensive and the room was very quiet.
Finally, for this blog, The Ambassadors Hotel in Toulouse. This hotel is about three minute’s from the station and the breakfasts are reasonable. It takes about 12 minutes to reach the Saint Sernin church. The main problem with this hotel is that the floors creak and the walls are paper thin, so you can hear the person in the next room’s email notifications.
I would recommend staying at Wills Hotel near the station (should you be unlucky enough to be travelling by train at the moment). The room was comfy and very quiet. The downside was that the hotel didn’t open until 5pm on a Sunday (the cleaner did open the side door when I knocked so I could leave my suitcase) and the wifi was hamster-powered.
The restaurant called Ave Domitius on Place de L’Hotel de Ville serves vast and tasty salads and pizzas, so if you want to fill yourself here and skip breakfast the following day, then that will work.
Bar Cafe Le Noir Soleil on the corner of Place de L’Hotel de Ville has tasty coffee and anis and has a fine view of the Archbishops’ Palace.
If you want to buy some clothes Devred on Rue Jean Jaures has helpful staff who can speak enough English to make the difference. Devred is fifty yards along in a north-westerly direction from Place de L’Hotel de Ville.
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