You need only look at a picture of this dazzling medieval town to see why booking a hotel in Carcassonne is a good idea for anyone - but for business travellers this is especially the case. As beautiful and romantic as the historic town is, many of its ancient villas and lodgings lack modern amenities, so hotels with state-of-the-art conference centres, slick internet connection and many other business-friendly facilities are undoubtedly the way to go.
What does Carcassonne offer me?
Carcassonne is a postcard-perfect town in France's Languedoc area, embodied by its famous medieval stone citadel overlooking the modern city from atop a hill. The surrounding landscapes are idyllic, and any visit to Carcassonne is sure to offer many photographic opportunities alongside the obvious cultural, historical and natural attractions; but there are also commercial and corporate attractions created by the town's combination of a buzzing tourist scene, dynamic cultural mix, and strategic location between Toulouse, Montpellier and Perpignan, just a few hours from Spain.
Why is Carcassonne a good destination for me as a business traveller?
With over 4 million visitors a year, Carcassonne has a thriving local economy that encourages local business growth. Even for those not planning to conduct business directly in the community, though, the town - and especially its hotels - are well equipped with excellent amenities catering to the business visitor which, combined with its stunning setting, makes Carcassonne a popular choice for large conferences, business forums and meetings. These take place all throughout the year, both in the busy area around Carcassonne's glorious old fortress, La Cité, and the newer town centre at the base of the hill, Ville Basse, close to where most hotels are found.
What else can I enjoy with a hotel in Carcassonne?
Arriving at a hotel in Carcassonne, the first advantage one may notice over larger cities is the ease of transport - the airport is a few kilometres from the town centre, and the central train station links Carcassonne by high-speed TGV to the rest of France. The true beauty of a visit to Carcassonne, however, lies in exploring its historical beauty (the citadel being top of the list), strolling its labyrinthine streets and indulging in some of France's most famous regional culinary specialities, including the local cassoulet, with beans, sausage and duck, and some exquisite, traditional foie gras.