France. Everyone’s breathing stops. The images that pop up are ones of extreme opulence and luxury, but not many have experienced the dream that is France via Rail Europe Reality. It’s a brilliant and memorable journey from Paris to Bordeaux, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Montpellier and back to Paris in six short but sweet days if you’re hard pressed for time. You can elongate it as much if funds and time are no bar.
Here’s our list of five hotels that are completely owning the space. These prove that the hotel industry’s allure is so bright, no one can stay away. Do not miss your chance to stay in one of these utopias, even if only for one night. You won’t regret it!
CHATEAU PENNAUTIER (CARCASSONE)
With booking requirements at a minimum of 4 rooms, this opulent castle is a magical getaway for those traveling in groups, for special occasions and events in particular. The chateau manager, Sabine Jakobs, takes pride in offering her guests the most deluxe tourism experience that the town has to offer.
Thoroughly organized affairs tailored to the guests needs allow you to relax and enjoy the natural beauty and rich heritage of the town. With 24 rooms starting at $175 EU per room, per night, the calm atmosphere and soothing designs offer a glimpse into the beauty of the Arcadian lifestyle with a luxurious French twist.
From bbq’s out on the terrace to cooking classes and wine tastings, the chateau provides a personally curated experience for those who appreciate the beauty of the quiet french countryside.
LA COUR DES CONSULS HOTEL AND SPA (TOULOUSE)
This clean and comfortable atmosphere takes elegance to a whole new level with grand staircases leading guests through calming corridors into enigmatic and uniquely styled rooms.
We recommend treating yourself to a spa day where they use Graine de Pastel, a line of natural skincare products made from the indigenous pastel plant of Toulouse. With rooms starting at $200 EU a night, this hotel offers the complete lux experience, from dining to wellness and more.
HOTEL NAPOLEON (PARIS)
This elegant 19th century hotel has managed to perfectly embody the Napoleonic Era with its grace and charm.
The hotel holds 102 rooms, and while each room maintains the same luxurious properties when it comes to design, the color palettes are playfully varied.
The service is welcoming, with prompt and delicious room service as well as a chic dining experience available downstairs at Restaurant Bivouac
Located in the 8th Arrondissement, just a step outside and you’re in the bustling city of Paris with an abundance of shopping, dining and sightseeing. However, if you prefer to stay in your room, the bathtubs are spacious and relaxing. Your choice.
Abundant in character, each of the 130 rooms at the Intercontinental Bordeaux Hotel are uniquely styled and generously adorned.
Designer, Jacques Garcia, synchronizes contemporary and classic design with ease, creating a royal atmosphere, vibrant in color. Additionally, the hotel boasts one of the most enchanting spa experiences in the city.
This three level Spa Les Bains De Léa is situated on the top three floors of the hotel, offering a panoramic view of picturesque Bordeaux rooftops.
Take advantage of the Spa’s complete range of treatments, or simply relax in the roman baths for a few minutes between commitments. This hotel is heaven.