Toulouse

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Garonne featuring a river or creek, heritage architecture and a sunset

Walk amid the blush-colored terracotta façades in la Ville Rose (the Pink City) and find busy marketplaces, live music venues and the mighty Canal du Midi.

Toulouse is a dynamic metropolis in southwestern France and capital of the Haute-Garonne department. Throughout Toulouse’s Old Town, majestic heritage terracotta buildings give the city its dusky-pink hue and charming nickname. Wander along rambling alleys and broad boulevards, admiring glowing façades. Enter the wider cityscape, where students, scientists and engineers endeavor to uphold the city’s reputation for technological innovation.

Explore Toulouse’s distinctive Vieux Quartier enclosed by the banks of the Garonne River and the Canal du Midi to admire the city’s heritage shopfronts, churches and historic Occitan flair. Investigate the Saint Sernin Basilica to appreciate its ornate architecture and understand its significance as a stop on the Arles pilgrimage trail. Toulouse Cathedral and the Jacobins Convent are also remarkable religious structures. Tour the Capitole de Toulouse complex to visit the historic opera house, the magnificent Hôtel de Ville and a 16th-century keep. View these buildings from the spacious Place du Capitole.

Toulouse features one of France’s largest and oldest universities and many important headquarters in the European aerospace industry. Learn about Toulouse’s achievements in aeronautical innovation when you explore the Cité de l’espace (City of Space) theme park or the Aeroscopia aviation museum. The ultra-modern Médiathèque José Cabanis houses the city’s fascinating library.

Enjoy fresh air in the sprawling Jardin des Plantes where there are themed gardens and a restaurant. Stroll along the riverbank or take a boat cruise for views of Toulouse’s cityscape, as well as Pont Neuf and Pont Saint Pierre. Journey through five centuries of European art wandering the galleries of the Hôtel d’Assézat. As evening falls, head to one of Toulouse’s atmospheric bars to get a taste of the local music scene.

Access Toulouse easily via its local airport and intercity railway. Use Toulouse’s comprehensive public transit network or explore the city by bike. Visit rose-tinted Toulouse to experience contemporary dynamism in a picturesque setting.

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Where to stay in Toulouse

NH Toulouse Airport
NH Toulouse Airport
15 Rue Charles Lindberg, Blagnac, Haute-Garonne
The price is $90 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Situated in Blagnac, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Airbus and Odyssud. Sainte Catherine de Sienne Monastery and Roman Amphitheater at Purpan ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (194 reviews)
"Great location. Staff very accommodating and friendly. Due to covid it was quite, but the staff present were fantastic."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

NH Toulouse Airport
Pullman Toulouse Centre Ramblas
Pullman Toulouse Centre Ramblas
5 out of 5
84, allées Jean Jaurès, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
The price is $122 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
This family-friendly Toulouse hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Place Wilson, Halle aux Grains Theater, and Place du ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (665 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 25, 2021

Pullman Toulouse Centre Ramblas
Grand Hotel de l'Opera, BW Premier Collection
Grand Hotel de l'Opera, BW Premier Collection
4 out of 5
1 Place Du Capitole, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
The price is $108 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 15
Located in Toulouse City-Centre, this romantic hotel is steps from Capitole de Toulouse and Place du Capitole. Place Wilson and Basilica of Saint-Sernin are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (516 reviews)
"Excellent location. Several broken items in the room ie closet door handle. Should consider having at least 1 TV station for English."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Grand Hotel de l'Opera, BW Premier Collection
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Toulouse Métropole
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Toulouse Métropole
3 out of 5
1 Allee Antoine Osete, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
The price is $60 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Fontaine-Bayonne-Cartoucherie, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Toulouse Hippodrome and Zenith de Toulouse. University of Toulouse II and Purpan ...
3.9/5Good! (185 reviews)
"Customer service is great. The property is close to bus stop and the supermarket is next door. Staffs are friendly and thw manager is a great guy. He help us most of the time to what to do around the coty."

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2019

Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Toulouse Métropole
Nemea AppartHotel Résidence Concorde
Nemea AppartHotel Résidence Concorde
4 out of 5
16, Boulevard Bonrepos, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
The price is $82 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Toulouse City-Centre, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Rue d'Alsace-Lorraine, Victor Hugo Market, and Place Wilson. Carmelite Chapel and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,118 reviews)
"Stains on sheets and towels. Communication was good though"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Nemea AppartHotel Résidence Concorde
Aparthotel Adagio Toulouse Centre Ramblas
Aparthotel Adagio Toulouse Centre Ramblas
4 out of 5
86 Allees Jean Jaures, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
The price is $71 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Located in Toulouse City-Centre, this eco-friendly residence is within a 10-minute walk of Place Wilson, Toulouse National Theatre, and Victor Hugo Market. Rue ...
4.4/5Excellent! (262 reviews)
"Il y a eu trop de vent cette nuit. Le bruit sur la fenêtre était infernal. Je n’ai pas pu dormir de la nuit. Sinon le personnel était très sympathique et très serviable. La propreté était parfaite."

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Aparthotel Adagio Toulouse Centre Ramblas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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