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About Albi

Crowned by the striking Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile, Albi is also famous as the birthplace of Belle Epoque artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Nestled on the banks father Tarn River, it’s the region’s main hub, and a wonderful destination for culture and history buffs. You’ll find medieval streets studded with charming B&Bs as well as luxurious urban hotels and rural retreats. Chosen for their exceptional location, amenities and design, the best places to stay in Albi promise a superb base for a trip to remember.

Begin your explorations in the medieval old town, where you’ll also find the city’s main sights. Constructed in the 13th Century, the Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile was once the world’s largest brick building. It’s still a hugely imposing landmark. Alongside it, the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, now occupies the old archbishop’s palace and contains a diverse collection as well as more than 500 works by Toulouse-Lautrec himself. Stroll through the manicured Les Jardins de la Berbie, admiring river views from the gardens, or visit the Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy for a scenic amble.

Cross the old arched bridges to discover both sides of the city, before picking a perch at a colourful café or eatery. Retreat to one of the best places to stay in Albi for a restful afternoon before heading out to sample this little city’s top bars and restaurants.

The Best Places to Stay in Albi

For an Intimate B&B

  • Villa Caroline offers four charming rooms in the heart of Albi. Pick this place for the central location — just along from the Vieux Pont and across the river from the cathedral — and the beautiful rooftop views. The family room sleeps four guests, and the Toulouse-Lautrec room has a private patio. An intimate B&B with a communal kitchen for independent guests.
  • Hôtel Saint-Antoine is a historic townhouse with six appealing rooms in medieval Albi. Expect bold wallpapers, antique furnishings and modern bathrooms. The sunny conservatory and big breakfasts are a real treat. Lovely and quiet.
  • La Maison, Albi also has just three stylish rooms in a 19th-century house. Five minutes from the centre of town, this B&B boasts a verdant enclosed garden and fresh, contemporary interiors. Small and welcoming.
  • L'Autre Rives will appeal to wellness-minded travellers, who can unwind in the sauna and garden swimming pool after hitting the gym. Explore Abli on complimentary bicycles before returning to one of five spacious rooms with modern furnishings and stacks of old-school charm. A chic B&B choice.

For Art Deco Luxury

  • Hôtel Alchimy is a lavish, family-run boutique hotel with just seven striking guest rooms and suites in the heart of Albi. A sensitive renovation has preserved the building's Art Deco soul, adding sophisticated modern twists in the bar, atrium brasserie and elegant rooms. Trendy and romantic.

For a Rural Retreat

  • La Reserve, Albi is an indulgent 22-bedroom escape on the banks of the Tarn River, just north of Albi. Hide away in sumptuous suites, soak up the views from the leafy gardens and enjoy fishing, sailing and tennis. A luxurious rural choice for romantics, with a great restaurant.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Toulouse–Blagnac Airport, just under an hour by car or two hours by train from Albi. Regular trains from Paris via Toulouse offer another easy way to cross the country.
  • The Tarn region is wonderful for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Visit in July or August for the warmest weather, but bear in mind that this is also peak season. For cooler temperatures and fewer crowds, travel in May - June or September - October.



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Best Hotels in Albi

  • Hotel Saint Antoine 81000 Albi 6 rooms from £69

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned in the heart of the city ideal for exploring the sights on foot.
    Sights nearby  -  Just a few steps from Sainte Cecile Cathedral.
    Full of character
    Quirky  -  An experience!
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    An historic property in the heart of the medieval city of Albi. Rooms combine traditional and contemporary styles - think boldly patterned wallpaper, antiques and contemporary bathrooms. The city's major attractions are just steps away. Excellent base for local exploring and great value. See More

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  • Villa Caroline 81000 Albi 3 rooms from £73

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly positioned to explore Albi and its surrounds.
    Families  -  There is a family-sized room on offer.
    Sights nearby  -  The B&B faces Albi's cathedral and is a short walk away from its doors.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Air conditioningGardenViewsNo pets

    Charming accommodation in the heart of Albi. Chic en-suite rooms are decorated with bright colours and a mix of antique furniture and rustic furnishings. A terrace offers views of the Old Town and river and the best rooms have views of the cathedral. An ideal base for exploring Albi. See More

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  • La Maison, Albi 81000 Albi 3 rooms from £74

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly situated within walking distance of the historic centre of Albi.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the striking 13th century cathedral.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Elegantly renovated 19th century house, now B&B, only 5 minutes from the historic centre of Albi. Stylish rooms keep all their original features yet feel fresh and contemporary and all overlook the enclosed garden. A delightful base to explore the medieval city from. See More

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  • L'Autre Rives 81000 Albi 5 rooms from £78

    Local exploring  -  Situated in the centre of Albi explore not just the beautiful town, but also the surrounding area.
    Sights nearby  -  A 10 minute walk from Sainte-Cecile Cathedral.
    Spa  -  With sauna, swimming pool and gym
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Air conditioningSpaSwimming PoolGarden

    A stylish B&B occupying a very central position in Albi. Elegant rooms are decked out with polished parquet floors and vintage furniture. The expansive mature garden plays host to an equally well proportioned pool. A chic spot to come and unwind. See More

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  • Hotel Alchimy Albi 5 rooms from £230

    Sights nearby  -  Nearby Sainte-Cécile Albi's 13th-century cathedral is the largest brick building in Europe and well worth a visit.
    Local markets  -  Visit the Saturday market in Albi where you will find a whole host of local produce and yummy food on the go.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    In a newly renovated Art Deco building, this contemporary family run boutique hotel adds a touch of the jet set to the sleepy historic town of Albi. It has a certain je ne sais quoi that couples wanting a luxurious base from which to explore the city and surrounding area will love! See More

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  • La Reserve, Albi Albi 22 rooms from £236

    Learning  -  A town of history: artist Toulouse-Lautre was born here
    Historic  -  Queen Mother made this hotel her base on trips to Albi
    Sights nearby  -  UNSECO listed town of Albi
    Tennis  -  Tennis court onsite
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    A smart and charming hotel near the gorges of Tarn. Elegant rooms, spacious poolside and the picturesque garden overlooking the river. Fishing, sailing, tennis and the sights of UNSECO-listed Albi nearby. Ideal for couple on an escape to France. See More

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