Where to stay in Albi

Traveling to southwest France? Here’s where to stay in Albi, the birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec!

Albi is a charming little town of 50,000 inhabitants, located between the Aquitaine Basin and the Massif Central, right in the center of the Tarn département, of which it is the largest commune. Nicknamed the « red city » for the color of its brick buildings, it was founded in antiquity and became the stronghold of the Trencavel lords in the Middle Ages, then, in the 13th century, an episcopal city and… a Mecca for Catharism – a Christian doctrine deemed heretical by the Catholic Church. It was to combat the Cathars – now known as the Albigensians, who suffered fierce repression – that the splendid fortified cathedral of Sainte-Cécile, an architectural gem in the region, was built, along with the Palais de la Berbie, home to the archbishops of Albi.

A town of trade, whose specialty during the Renaissance was the cultivation and trade of woad, it eventually became an industrial center specializing in glassmaking and coal mining in the 19th century, and then… a major tourist and cultural center, prized by the many visitors charmed by the place!

So, would you like to come and discover this jewel of the Occitanie region? We’ve got all the tips you need to find the best accommodation in Albi!

Historical center

Albi’s historic center is an ancient fortified town, whose signature color is the red bricks that make up its buildings, developed around the episcopal complex formed by Sainte-Cécile Cathedral and the Palais de la Berbie. The colorful, flower-filled half-timbered houses are arranged in a circle around Place Savène, the scene of festive events during the summer season. Not to be missed: the Maison du Vieil Alby, a landmark of Albigensian memory, and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, housed in the majestic Palais de la Berbie.

Accommodation in Albi’s city center is not a problem, as there are a number of hotels to suit all budgets.

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Bout du Pont district

Bout du Pont, Pont Vieux, Albi

Leaving the historic center, visitors simply walk along the banks of the Tarn (the watercourse that divides the city into two banks) to reach the district known as « Du Bout du Pont » or faubourg de la Madeleine (located on the right bank of the Pont Vieux), built to meet the growing demand for housing: brickworks, tanneries and dye works were quickly established here to take advantage of the power of the current. A former working-class district, it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of « old Albi ». An interesting anecdote: the Madeleine church, built in the 19th century, looks exactly like the Madeleine church in Paris, which inspired its construction!

Where to stay in Albi in the heart of this district? No problem, just book a room in one of the many hotels in the area.

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Le Vigan district

Le Vigan forms the boundary between the historic center and modern Albi. The Place du Vigan is the heart of the city, where you can refresh yourself in two ways: in one of the many bars set up there, of course, but also, in summer, thanks to the water jets that delight young and old alike! Sumptuous mansions, witness to the heyday of the pastel trade, stand side by side with the Hôtel de Ville and the famous half-timbered façade of the Maison Enjalbert. Come with your family? Head for the Jardin National and its flower beds around the bandstand, or the charming Carrousel d’Albi and its wooden horses.

The icing on the cake: no accommodation problems for those looking for a place to stay in Albi with all the advantages associated with the area, as the highly developed hotel offer coexists here with a variety of rental solutions. For example, you can stay at the Hotel du Vigan, renowned for its location and warm welcome.

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