Dec 16, 2019 - Dec 17, 2019
2 adults - 1 room
Dreamy and enchanting, Toulouse is nestled between the Canal du Midi and a bend in the Garonne river in France's southern Occitanie region. Formerly an ancient Roman settlement, its terra-cotta buildings and coral-colored churches have earned it an interesting nickname: La Ville Rose (the pink city). Despite its ancient origins, Toulouse is a modern and vibrant city that never fails to impress with an active nightlife, lively food markets, and world-class museums.
Toulouse is home to one of the largest universities in France and a huge student population. As a result, it's a very affordable city to explore! Many shops, restaurants, and hotels cater to budget-conscious travelers.
The city centre is beautifully preserved and easy to navigate by foot. Head to the Toulouse Tourist Office, located in the back of city hall, to take part in a guided tour of the city or to get information about some of the city's hidden gems. A short walking tour of the old town will take you past the Toulouse Cathedral, the Basilica of Saint Sernin, and the Capitole town hall and theatre. You can even take a boat tour down the canal or Garonne river to see the city in all of its rose-tinted glory!
Another must-see for travelers with kids is the Space City aeronautical science museum. AirBus has a factory just outside the city (which employs almost 10% of the city's population!) which manages the museum. You can also take a tour of the factory itself in either French of English, but spots fill up quickly. Be sure to book ahead of time with the Airbus Visit touring company!
Most of the hotels in Toulouse are concentrated around the city centre, on the eastern side of the river. If you want a hotel near the airport, try the Courtyard by Marriott or the Campanile Toulouse Ouest-Purpan hotels. Hotel Arena, Hotel Campanile Toulouse Sud-Balma, and Ibis Styles Toulouse Cite Espace Hotel are all located just minutes from Space City.
Toulouse has hotels at a variety of price points. Some budget hotels, like Hotel Des Etats-Unis, are priced as low as $50 per night, while the average 3-star hotel costs $125 per night. Some luxury hotels, like La Cour Des Consuls Hotel and Spa, can cost up to $450 per night depending on the season.
Yes! One exceptional hotel in particular is called Le Boutique Hotel Garonne by Occitania. A cozy, elegant, and warm hotel in the heart of Toulouse's Old Town, the hotel offers contemporary charm in a historic, quiet building.
Toulouse has several luxury hotels, including the Grand Hotel de l'Opera, a luxe hotel housed in a 17th-century convent. Opulent and elegant, this old-world hotel is just steps away from town hall in the city centre and features a spa, fine dining, and a refined bar. Le Grand Balcon Toulouse is another 4-star option with a trendy bar, several meeting rooms for business events, and a prime location in the middle of the city.
Hotel ibis Styles Toulouse Nord Sesquieres is a great option for families. Located in a quiet part of town, it offers large family suites, free wi-fi, complimentary breakfast, and free parking - all at an affordable price of less than $100 per night!
We had a really good time here great vibe to the city, lovely food and walks around the city
Good destination for a short city trip. The town in not too big, without a car you can get around the sights in 2 to 3 days maximum. Also a good place to start a visit to the French Pyrenees.
Wonderful medieval town center. Toulouse is known as the pink city thanks to the color of the brick walls of much of its historic center as the sun sets. Toulouse has several beautiful Romanesque churches, and is a fun city to go an explore. Toulouse is also home to Airbus, which gives it an unique blend of the old and new.
La Ville Rose, the historic and cultural capital of southern France and Occitania, is a beautiful city full of history and warm-hearted people. It seems the closer you get to the Mediterranean, the warmer the people- and so it is here. I was studying French, Spanish and Arabic when I lived here and found this city a perfect confluence of the three cultures, plus a vibrant Occitanian culture you don't want to miss out on!