Pocket Guide: Five-Star Hotels in Toulouse
Toulouse may be the fourth largest city in France, but compared to the three bigger ones - Paris, Lyon and Marseille - it tends to fly under the radar. It’s hard to see why, because Toulouse is one of the most dynamic of all French cities. A high-tech aerospace industry and large, international student population keeps it feeling fresh, fast-paced and forward-thinking, while its rose-tinged architecture and maze-like Vieux Quartier (the old town) bring a sense of history and style.
On top of all that, there’s a buzzing restaurant and cafe scene, from the traditional bistros and wine bars of the Place du Capitole, to the more global selection of eateries on the Left Bank. And let’s not forget the city’s famous rugby team, who’ve long contributed to a tangible sense of civic and regional pride.
Suffice to say, Toulouse is the perfect introduction to south-west France, whether you want to soak up every morsel of city life or are just passing through on your way to more rural delights. And while Toulouse has a richer selection of business-focused accommodation than luxury five-star hotels, the ones it does have will make you feel like you’ve well and truly arrived.
Where are Toulouse’s Five-Star Hotels Located?
The centre of Toulouse is a wonderful tangle of winding streets and alleys, around the River Garonne and the Canal du Midi on its Right Bank. This compact zone, which gave rise to Toulouse’s nickname, the Pink City, is where you’ll find the grandest of the city’s places to stay, with a handful of five-star hotels providing elegance, charm and impeccable French hospitality to their luxury-seeking guests.
What Do Toulouse’s Five-Star Hotels Have to Offer?
Choices range from traditional redbrick accommodation to restored boutique mansion hotels with world-class dining and spa facilities, as well as gleaming modern towers full of contemporary art and cutting-edge guest rooms. Though different in style and atmosphere, all of Expedia’s five-star hotels in Toulouse offer a polished experience and a winning location, with canal and riverside walks, fabulous shopping and a host of Michelin-starred restaurants all close at hand.