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lots of places to eat nearby, from cheap and cheerful to really nice restaurants. Other cities and towns accessible by train, I particularly recommend a visit to Carcassonne medieval city, fabulous and only just over an hour by train. Also we went to Bordeaux which was just over 2 hours on ...
For style-conscious individuals, the choice of accommodation can be just as important as the destination itself – if not more so. To ensure you end up with exactly the right vibe, consider booking a stay in a design hotel in Toulouse.
Toulouse is the fourth largest metropolitan area in France, and is teeming with students, business people and researchers who work or study at its many educational, scientific and medical institutions. As such, the city has a laid-back, youthful atmosphere, and with a stay in one of Toulouse’s design hotels, you’ll be well-placed to soak this all up.
In the compact city centre, you’ll find several design hotels, all of which are walking distance from most of the major attractions. Some look traditional from the outside – long-established pink-brick townhouses with wrought iron balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows – but then reveal themselves to be hotbeds of contemporary design upon entering. Others are decorated in the style of a certain period, such as the Art Deco era, while still providing all mod cons, from marble bathrooms to docking stations and Nespresso machines. And some are part of well-known chains such as Novotel, yet are still able to offer an individual design and overall sense of style.
Design-loving visitors will find lots to admire in Toulouse. This is a city where everything is exquisitely and artfully arranged, from market produce and patisserie items to the alluring treasures in boutique windows. But on top of the general attention to detail, there are also dozens of galleries which focus on contemporary art and design, from Les Abattoirs modern art museum on the city’s left bank, to smaller, more intimate spaces run by the collective of graphic artists working at Atelier deux-mille, or the gallery of contemporary photography at Le Château d’Eau.
Maybe your interests lie in artistic, architectural, interior or landscape design, or perhaps you simply enjoy exploring cities from a design-centric angle. Either way, by booking a stay in a design hotel in Toulouse, you’ll be perfectly placed for further discovery.