Where to stay in Limoges?

Limoges

Are you looking for accommodation in Limoges during your stay? Here’s where to stay in Limoges, the former porcelain capital of France!

Limoges, the historic capital of the Limousin region and today the administrative center of the Haute-Vienne département, is one of the largest metropolitan areas in southwest France, with 283,050 inhabitants. It is the sixth-largest metropolis in the southwest after Toulouse, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Perpignan and Bayonne.

Nicknamed « the red city » because of its historical leaning towards the socialist vote, Limoges lies to the west of the Massif Central between the Périgord and the Plateau de Millevaches. The town has been classified as a « ville d’art et d’histoire » (city of art and history) since 2008, and has just joined UNESCO’s Creative Cities network (2017).

According to INSEE, there are 51 districts in Limoges. Are you looking for a place to stay in Limoges for the vacations or the long term? Discover with us the list of areas to stay in Limoges!

Downtown

Rue de la boucherie, Limoges

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The downtown area for accommodation in Limoges comprises two old historic districts: the Château, built around the former Abbey of Saint-Martial and the old castle of the Viscounts of Limoges, and the Cité, an extended district around Saint-Etienne Cathedral and the banks of the Vienne. These two former rival cities were reunited during the French Revolution, and now form the historic center, a central area in which to stay in Limoges.

Here you’ll find the Jardin Botanique de l’Évêché, the Aquarium du Limousin, the Cour du Temple, the Statue de Saint Martial, the Crypt Saint-Martial, the Musée de la Résistance, the Cité des métiers et des Arts and, inevitably, numerous bars and restaurants where you can sample the best local dishes. Choosing downtown Limoges for your accommodation means you’ll be living among a young, student-friendly population.

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Limoges-Bénédictins

Gare de Limoges

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The Gare des Bénédictins covers the Gare SNCF site to the northeast of the historic city center. It is an extension of the Jardin du Champ de Juillet, one of the two green lungs of central Limoges. Why book accommodation in Limoges near the station? Well, simply to be close to the station – if you have an early morning train to catch – and yet close to the city center.

Staying in Limoges in the train station district gives you quick access to the A20 freeway, ideal for the Ester technology park, the hospital center, the University of Limoges, shopping areas, and the route du Sud (Montauban, Toulouse, the Mediterranean Sea).

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Les Carmes

Here’s another popular area to stay in Limoges: Les Carmes, more bourgeois than the center, located to the west. More of a residential area, it features old buildings and middle-class houses just a stone’s throw from the small shopping centers of the city center.

The neighborhood is in close proximity to gardens, green spaces and high schools, making it a very pleasant place to stay in Limoges.

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The Ponticauds

Pont Saint-Martial

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Locals refer to the « Ponticauds » as the people who live in the Ponts district. Located between the Saint-Etienne and Saint-Martial bridges, this has historically been a working-class district, and is also one of the oldest inhabited areas in Limoges.

The ancestors of the Limougeauds were essentially river-focused (the Vienne): wood receiving, porcelain, sand dredging, fishing and more. Today, it’s a pleasant place to live and stroll.

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Map of hotels and accommodation – Limoges