Small hotels in Languedoc 

Between Rhone and Pyrénées - small independent hotels - hotels you'll love staying in  - 2024

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Languedoc.Symbols and price KEY

 €   - Not expensive : good value for money.
€€€  Cheapest rooms generally at least 100 € per night. . Not for travellers looking for budget accommodation.
Hotels with no price marker are in between.  Rates may vary according to  season.
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 Hotel by the sea. 
  Hotel in a rural location. 
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Holidaying in Languedoc ....
With airports at Carcassonne, Perpignan, Béziers, Montpellier and Nimes, served variously by low-cost flights from the UK, Belgium, Germany and Scandinavia, Languedoc is an easy part of France to reach for a short break or a longer stay. The long sandy beaches offer plenty of room for everyone, specially in June, September and October, when the summer crowds have gone home.
   Inland, the area is famed as the largest wine-producing area in France, and there are plenty of vineyards to visit and local wines to sample.
   There is also plenty to see, from the Cathar castles in the south, to the iconic mediaeval walled city of Carcassonne, or the fine Roman remains at Nimes, and another ancient walled city at Aigues Mortes.

South : Aude and Eastern Pyrenees departments

Aude and Pyrenees orientales departmentsAude and Pyrenees Orientales
  •  €   Near Carcassonne (11 Aude)
    The Auberge du Balestié is located just in the department of Ariège, off the D119 near Malgoude some 30 miles southwest of Caracassonne.
    Delightful rural setting amidst fields and hills, a "dream location" according to more than one review. Good restaurant,  friendly helpful Anglo-French owners.

  • Carcassonne (11 Aude)
    The Hotel du Pont Vieux is a friendly ** hotel housed in old buildings between the Old Bridge and the mediaeval ramparts. It has character, a garden and above all location. However, being so close to the old city, it gets rapidly booked up at peak seasons.
  •  €   Between Carcassonne & Narbonne (11 Aude)
    Le Top du Roulier ,**, is a renovated former hacienda in the village of Capendu,  15 minutes from Carcassonne and less than an hour from the coast. 17 rooms, three suites, restaurant serving local specialities, free parking & wifi . Close to the Canal du Midi, and to local vineyards.
  • Cucugnan (11 Aude) - Cathar country
     €  the ** Auberge de Cucugnan is located in a small village in the heart of the Cathar castle area, on the southern edge of the Aude. Just 9 rooms in this small hotel with restaurant. Friendly proprietors and a restaurant that gets very good write-ups. Free parking a short distance from the hotel, which is located among the narrow streets of the historic village. Good value
  • Le Boulou, (66 Pyrenees orientales)
    The Relais des Chartreuses ***, is an elegantly renovated 17th century Catalan manor house, with
    outdoor pool, close to the Spanish border. It is 3 kms from the A9 motorway, and close to Collioure and the coast.  The restaurant, with terrace and open hearth, serves home-made food . Book online directly with the hotel.
  • Céret (66 - Pyrénées orientales)
    The *** Hotel Mas Trilles is a delightful and tastefully renovated traditional building in the foothills of the Pyrenees, 2 km from Céret. Peace and quiet, heated
    outdoor pool, gardens, friendly and courteous welcome in this family-run hotel. Choice of restaurants in Céret, a 5 minute drive away.
  • Vernet les Bains, (66 - Pyrénées orientales)
    The hôtel Princess ** is a very pleasant small hotel situated in the little old  genteel spa town of Vernet les Bains. It is ideally located for visitors wanting to take the scenic "Little yellow train" up into the Pyrenees, or go hiking in the Canigou area. The hotel is clean, in a calm location, and has a restaurant.
  • Banyuls sur Mer (66 - Pyrénées orientales)
    The *** Catalan hotel stands on the hillside overlooking Banyuls and the sea. Restaurant, air-conditioning, two
     outdoor swimming pools with sea views. Guests enthuse about the wonderful views and the quality of the restaurant. Garage. Spanish border 5 km by road.
  •  €   Rivesaltes (66 Pyrenees orientales)
    The Hotel des Vignes ** offers basic and quite acceptable budget accommodation; but the copious breakfasts, served in a capacious banqueting room, are exceptional good value. Though close to the old town centre and right next to the station - departure point for the Cathar country tourist train "le Petit Train Rouge", the hotel is quiet. There is an excellent pizzeria, le Brasero,  close by.

30 North : Gard & Hérault departments

Gard & Hérault departmentsGard and Hérault departments
  • Avèze, Cevennes National Park (30 Gard)
    Auberge Cocagne. Cocagne, in English, means the land of milk and honey.  This is an authentic Cevennes inn, with plenty of character. Simple and functional decoration, garden, friendly owners and a gourmet restaurant offering local produce.

  • Nimes (30 Gard)
    Hotel Pré Gallofre. *** Located just a short distance south of Nimes, and with easy car access to the city and its Roman remains, this hotel,  in a former farm, is on the edge of the coutryside. Air conditioned rooms, 
    pool, gardens, restaurant.
  • Saint-Hilaire-d'Ozilhan, near Nimes (30 Gard)
    Hotel l'Arceau
    . ** Off the beaten track, two-star independent "Logis de France" in a traditional small Provencal style village just a short distance from the famous Pont du Gard aqueduct (UNESCO world heritage site). Located between Nimes and Avignon and in easy reach of both. Good restaurant.
  • Saint Laurent des Arbres, near Nimes (30 Gard) and Avignon
    Hotel le Saint Laurent - in a 14th century building in a mediaeval village, this is a charming small hotel with 7 guest rooms and 3 suites. Peace and quiet, jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, quiet lounges and patio. Ideal location for a romantic break
  •  €  Béziers, (34 Hérault) 
    Hotel des Poètes. ** A small hotel just 200 metres from the train station, and looking out over the Plateau des Poètes park, just beyond the lower end of the Allées Paul Riquet, the main tree-lined boulevard in old Béziers. Bedrooms are decorated with simple but good taste. The whole of the old city is within easy walking distance.
  •  €  Sète (34 Hérault)
    Hotel le National  ** Small two-star hotel in Sète, with 27 rooms. Located in the old part of town, close to marinas and within easy walking distance of the train station, the hotel is not far from the sea front. Recently renovated, this hotel has very good visitor reviews, and offers good value for money.

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Small hotels with character in the Languedoc

Languedoc is the "other" South of France.... While the exression south of France tends to conjure up immediate images of Provence and the French Riviera, there's a lot more to the South of France than just the area between the River Rhone and the Italian border. To the west of the Rhone, and stretching as far as the Pyrenees there's the area popularly known as Languedoc, which was known officially until 2016 as the Languedoc Roussillon region.
  Languedoc is the region of long sandy Mediterranean beaches, of the wooded mountains and valleys in the Cévennes; it is the ancient land of the Cathars, and the eastern end of the Pyrenees. Since 2016 this area has been joined administratively with the region to the west, including most of Gascony, in a much larger area stretching almost to the Atlantic, and known as Occitanie.
  Languedoc is a busy tourist region, and France's leading wine-producing area in terms of volume. Its coast has kilometer upon kilometer of long sandy beaches, meaning that in between the popular tourist resorts there are plenty of areas of seashore where there is more than enough room for everyone, even in the peak holiday season. As for the vineyards,  once they were known for producing a large proportion of the table wine consumed in France, but in recent years they have begun to produce a lot more quality wine aimed at more discerning customers.
   Languedoc also has lots of history. Its main port, Sète, is small compared to Marseille or Barcelona, but is an active port, as well as being a popular and picturesque seaside resort with one of the region's many yachting marinas. Among heritage sites in Languedoc are the remarkable walled city of Aigues Mortes, in the east, from where the Crusaders once set out on their journeys east, or Collioure in the south, a very pretty small seaside town with its castle and church standing at the water's edge. Inland, Languedoc boasts the historic "Cathar castles", impregnable medieval fortresses built mainly in the foothills of the Pyrenees, as well as the remarkable heritage city of Carcassonne.
   Flanking the edge of the coastal plain, the heavily wooded Cévennes mountains contain one of France's larger National Parks, and provide plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities from hiking and kayaking to bird-watching and swimming in the clear waters of mountain streams and rivers.
   Along the coast and in the major cities such as Montpellier or Nimes,  there are plenty of large hotels, many of them belonging to the major chains; but for visitors who prefer something less impersonal, more convivial, Languedoc has a good selection of small independent hotels, some of which have been selected for the iHi guide.

Quality, character: The iHi France independent hotel guide has selected or approved  choce of small friendly hotels, generally in quiet locations. to be listed on iHi, hotels must meet listing criteria, offer good value, and be well recommended by visitors.
   Ihi lists a range of hotels from unstarred hotels to five-star hotels. Stars, and even the lack of them, are not a perfect guide to quality, since some hotels, particularly small hotels, deliberately forgo stars to which - quality-wise - they are entitled, since stars cost money and this has to increase room prices. they may also increase the local tourist tax, as many districts charge different rates according to the number of stars a hotel has.

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