Bursting with art, culture, and gastronomy, Toulouse or ‘la ville rose’ is certainly worth a visit. Here at Culture Trip, we don’t see why your cultural experience should stay outside your hotel room. Toulouse has plenty of quirky, luxurious and historic hotels that will offer fascinating French experiences before you even put down your luggage.
A small, cosy boutique, Hôtel St Claire is ideally located just five minutes from the bustling Place du Capitole. Its rooms are interestingly laid out according to the concepts of Feng Shui, the Chinese philosophy of harmonizing people to their environment. Despite being so central, its rooms are quiet, peaceful and softly decorated. A lovely little tranquil gem in the heart of the city.
Though renovated only three years ago, the Père Léon still carries its early 20th century charm with its modern but tasteful and sensitive décor. Originally a wine bar, the location of its brasserie dates back to 1905 when Léon Sentenac, the grandfather of the current owners, founded “Aux caves du Père Léon”. It still contains wine up to two hundred years old, the bottles having been protected during the renovations to preserve the century-old coating of dust, making it a brilliant spot for wine-lovers and a site of true cultural heritage.
Right in the heart of Toulouse, with an exceptional view of the river, Hôtel des Beaux Arts is perfectly placed and boasts an excellent restaurant offering authentic, South-West French cuisine. With complimentary breakfast included in the room price, you could find yourself enjoying your morning coffee on a balcony overlooking the peaceful Garonne. Its homely furniture and tasteful, unusual décor adds to the overall ambiance of luxury, comfort, and originality.
Located in a chic, quiet street in the fascinating old town, Hôtel Croix Baragnon is ideally located and offers great quality for great value. For added historical significance, it is right next to the oldest house in Toulouse, which dates back to the fourteenth century. A central patio adds to its individual charm and the fact that it is family-owned, with only fourteen rooms, makes it feel more like you’re a guest in a family home than a hotel.
A former 17th century convent, the Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra plunges you into a luxurious, atmospheric, elegant setting, and is situated on the truly stunning Place du Capitole itself. With its warm red décor, unique suites, and the possibility of having a balcony overlooking the Place itself, this hotel exudes class, quality, and comfort. Make use of their spa facilities for the ultimate relaxing experience right at the centre of the bustling city.
The historic Hôtel Albert 1er dates back to the 16th century. It is situated in the quiet Rue Rivals, originally home to the workshops of the four most famous rivals in Renaissance art: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Titian (and from who’s famous rivalry the street now takes its name).The family who currently run this quaint establishment have been doing so for over four generations, and in every room there are hints of the fascinating depth of history this building has witnessed. Yet despite this historic grandeur, its wood-paneled floors and bright rooms make it a comfortable, modern, and unimposing place to stay.
Offering luxurious yet authentic 1930s charm, and superbly placed a stone throw’s away from the central Place du Capitole, Le Grand Balcon combines style and authenticity with a playful touch. In memory of perhaps one of the most famous pilots of the early 20th century, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (the author of the beloved ‘Le petit prince’), the Suite Saint-Exupéry has been reconstructed to resemble his original ‘30s hotel room. This fascinating building is therefore as much a site of cultural significance as it is a lovely place to stay.
Away from the city in the idyllic village of Vieille-Toulouse, Hôtel la Flanerie’s truly breath-taking views and gorgeous façade makes it a fantastic place for those not wishing to stay in the city centre. This converted manor house is adorned with ivy and its position on top of a hill overlooking the iconic Garonne river offers brilliant panoramas from almost every window. With a real fireplace for the winter, and swimming pool and abundance of balconies for the summer, this beautiful hotel is perfect all year round.
Situated only a minute’s walk from the buzzing Place Saint-Georges, Hôtel des Arts, true to its name, is a veritable celebration of the arts itself. Each room is individually themed through artwork and décor to display this philosophy, with themes ranging from music to sculpture to photography. This quirky yet stylish hotel is especially perfect for those who have come to Toulouse to bask in its vast range of cultural, musical, and artistic events and exhibitions.
A friendly boutique hotel, Hôtel Héliot is a welcome retreat from the urban hustle and bustle, complete with its own cat named Héliot! Dating back to the 19th century, this charming converted mansion with its winding staircase, comfortable rooms, and cozy wooden furnishings seems to transport you back to a past world. Ideally located in the centre of Toulouse, it is as practical as it is welcoming.