Two historic townhouses have since been merged into one. The result? A beautiful accommodation in the heart of historic Toulouse. Ancient details have been combined with modern twists to provide absolute luxury in one of France’s largest cities. Here’s a complete review of La Cour des Consuls Hotel & Spa…
If you want to consider living La Vie en Rose, then you should consider a visit to La Ville Rose, AKA Toulouse. Situated in South West France, this city is best-known for its many brick buildings and traditional French cuisine. Some of the best things to do in the city include wandering around the historic town, visiting the beautifully appointed interiors of Le Capitole, and visiting one of the city’s many museums.
A little luxury in the heart of Toulouse
La Cour des Consuls is part of a select group of four and five-star luxury hotels in South West France, known as the Cité Hôtels. There are several locations, including a few in the historic city of Carcassonne and that of Toulouse. In turn, these accommodations are part of the AccorHotels Group. However, in spite of this, there is little feel of a grand hotel chain when wandering through the corridors of this boutique place to stay.
As soon as I stepped into the well-lit reception area, I was greeted and given a full tour of the facilities the hotel has to offer. All the staff were friendly and polite, and were willing to answer the (many) questions I had! On entry, I was also given an extensive list of suggestions for things to do in Toulouse based on my interests (i.e. all the history!)
La Cour des Consuls has been created from two 18th-century mansions; the former family home of parliamentary advisor, Raphaël François Tournier, and a former Catholic institute. Everything is centred around an open courtyard, there are 32 guest bedrooms, and the hotel has been open to guests since 2015.
The Room at La Cour des Consuls
Of course, when checking in to any hotel, the bedroom is the most important aspect of them all. Is the bed comfortable enough? What about the view? How about the bathroom? Well, when it comes to rooms at La Cour des Consuls, no detail is too small to have been overlooked.
From the fluffy monogrammed robes in the bathroom to the balconette overlooking the glittering river Garonne (seriously, the river is a lot prettier in Toulouse than it looks in Bordeaux!) my room was more than spacious enough for several people, let alone just me. In the evening I spent my time sat by the French windows sipping wine at sunset, while in the morning, my bed was (almost) too comfortable to leave!
When it came to room service, a turndown service is offered each night, complete with chocolates and a refresh of the complimentary water, tea, and coffee making facilities available to guests. Other amenities in the room included speedy WiFi, a TV, bathtub (though the smaller rooms do not guarantee a tub), desk and chair.
Facilities at La Cour des Consuls
Complete with its own hammam, fitness suite, and a myriad of communal spaces, no detail is overlooked when it comes to this luxurious Toulouse accommodation. There’s a champagne bar with a glittering countertop which serves drinks throughout the day and well into the night.
In the warmer months of the year, seats spill out into an open central courtyard, where the hustle and bustle of busy Toulouse life seem miles away, despite being just steps away. With this being said, my personal favourite details of the hotel included the period 16th-century fireplace in the dining area. Le Cénacle restaurant offers an Occitan-inspired menu created by Thomas Vonderscher.
Elsewhere in the residence, the original (and now listed) historic stone staircase on the ground floor and has been beautifully restored. Stretching up several floors, this showstopping piece was complete with hand-wrought iron railings, a bright raindrop chandelier, and a fantastic ceiling which was painted in the trompe-l’oeil style (although the ceiling was flat, it was created so as to look 3D).
The hotel is also home to a spa. Aptly named ‘Graine de Pastel,’ thanks to the city growing its fortunes on a plant-based blue dye named ‘pastel’ and made from the woad plant. As such, many of the spa’s offered products are created using the pastel.
Nearby attractions to La Cour des Consuls Hotel & Spa
The hotel can be found along Rue des Couteliers, an ancient road dating back to the Middle Ages. Today, the centre of the city, le Capitole, is just a ten-minute walk away, while the Quai de la Daurade (i.e. where all the locals hang out in the warmer months) is no more than a five-minute walk.
Wander along the River Garonne: Best-seen at golden hour, so as to make the most of the glowing light, be sure to bring your camera along as you’ll likely want to snap a photo (or a hundred!)
Pont-Neuf: Rather ironically, the ‘New Bridge’ is actually one of the oldest bridges in the city. Constructed during the Middle Ages, this 16th-century bridge is well worth a stroll across.
Hotel d’Assézat Fondation Georges Bemberg: Just a three-minute stroll away from the hotel sits one of the more impressive mansion houses the city has to offer. This 16th-century Hôtel Particulier turned museum offers five centuries worth of art housed in beautiful settings.
A big thank you to the team at La Cour des Consuls Hotel and Spa for hosting me during my stay in Toulouse and for making my time in the city so memorable! As always, all photos, words, and opinions are my own!