Toulouse, France

Villa du Taur

Rates per night from$92.62

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR80.91), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Street art you desire

Setting

Cathedral-side centrality

Small but mighty boutique hotel Villa du Taur packs a big punch with it’s MoMa-worthy collection of contemporary art, city-centre location and gourmet restaurant, which doubles up as a gallery for the hotel’s street-art pieces. Set in one of Toulouse’s pretty-in-pink-brick buildings, the hotel’s a short stroll from the city’s top sights – not that’ll you’ll need to leave to experience the area’s finest. Works by world-famous artists like Banksy and Keith Haring, and homegrown talents, such as Fafi and Loïc Mondé, fill the hotel. Artistic appetite satisfied, head to Sixty-two restaurant to indulge your less-philosophical hungers. Local chef, Olivier Godechoul’s top-notch Toulousain fare goes down very easily with a tipple or two of French gin from the bar – all in the name of cultural discovery, of course…

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

17, including one suite.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability; the hotel can store your luggage if you’re arriving early or leaving late.

Rates

Double rooms from $92.62 (€81), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.42 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast; choose the Paris (€14 a person) or the Chef’s (€21 a person) – the latter has a selection of freshly-baked breads and pastries, eggs any-way, cereal, cheeses, charcuterie, fruit, organic juices, coffee and tea.

Also

Owner Nicolas Andrieu and his team work closely with local companies to bring the best of Toulouse to Villa du Taur; the bread served in the restaurant comes exclusively from one of the best bakers in the city and the vibrant graffiti-inspired art around the hotel – which includes works by Banksy and Loïc Mondé – is on loan from local galleries.

At the hotel

Lounge, contemporary art collection, hair-straighteners (on request at reception) and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, free bottled water, minibar, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Our favourite rooms

Whether you choose your room for its original artwork, lively people-watching ops, or cleverly-designed space-saving tricks – such as a bedside table manoeuvred by a pulley system – each is stylishly decorated in cool blues, soft greys, black and white. Families and friends travelling together should stay in the Penthouse, which occupies the entire top floor and has two bedrooms, both with an ensuite bathroom, and a shared living room.

Packing tips

Think like the hotel’s designers and dream up out-of-the-box ways to save suitcase space for your own fledgling art collection or stylish sunglasses bought at the hotel.

Also

One of the Premium Rooms on the first floor is wheelchair accessible.

Pet‐friendly

Pets can stay in all rooms for €15 a night. See more pet-friendly hotels in Toulouse.

Children

Kids of any age are welcome. All rooms can fit a baby cot (on request) and the hotel can provide changing mats and bottle warmers. Premium Room 401 and Junior Suite 402 can interconnect to create the Penthouse, which sleeps up to four people.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Pick a table next to your favourite piece of art. In the summer, dine alfresco in the alleyway terrace where foliage climbs up the hotel walls.

Dress Code

A statement tee with an anarchic, Banksy-worthy slogan, or rich and sultry getups à la Loïc.

Hotel restaurant

Located on the ground floor of the hotel, Sixty-two is art-filled restaurant serving creative cuisine by chef Olivier Godechoul. Having worked his away around France’s leading culinary institutes, he’s returned to his hometown of Toulouse to make wonderful things with the area’s finest fare. He rigorously selects the ingredients that star in his modern menu, which includes roast duck, mackerel and juicy giant prawns. On the walls you spot Banksy’s Laugh Now and Let's Get Dirty album covers, calligraphic paintings by Loïc Mondé and Keith Haring’s colourful figures holding hearts. 

Hotel bar

Gin may not be the first tipple to spring to mind when one thinks of France, but du vin can’t hog all the limelight – a spirited evening at Sixty-two’s Gin Bar will convert purists. The finest pick on the drinks list is Gin Carmen, which hails from Cognac; it’s only available at two hotels in France: here, and the Ritz in Paris, so it’s really quite special. Try a gin-infused take on a classic cocktail, such as Le Moginto (an alternative mojito) or Le Bronx, made with gin, red and white Martini and orange juice. 

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7am to 10.30am, everyday. Sixty-two is open for lunch from noon to 2pm, Monday to Saturday; and for dinner 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. The Gin Bar is open from Monday to Saturday, 7am – 10pm.

Room service

For a leisurely start to the day, enjoy breakfast in bed. A seasonal selection of small plates – Iberian ham, smoked salmon, mozzarella – are available during restaurant hours.

Location

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Address
Villa du Taur
62 Rue du Taur
Toulouse
31000
France

Planes

Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is just a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Fly direct from cities across the UK and Europe; if flying from further afield, connect via Paris or Madrid. Call our Smith24 team of travel experts to organise your flights.

Trains

Gare de Toulouse-Matabiau is a 10-minute drive, or a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Frequent train services arrive here from cities across France. The journey to Carcassonne is just under an hour, Bordeaux is two hours away. Call our Smith24 team to book tickets.

Automobiles

You won’t need a car to explore the city; however, if you do want your own set of wheels, our Smith24 team can arrange a car for you to pick up at the airport. Parking can be difficult in Toulouse; the closest car park, Jeanne d'Arc, is a 10-minute walk away and costs €15 for 24 hours.

Worth getting out of bed for

The Romanesque Basilica of Saint-Sernin is just around the corner; if you don’t go inside to view the church’s unique 11th-century sculptures and original altarpiece, at least admire its imposing architecture from the outside: music lovers should listen out for one of the soul-stirring organ performances. Delve into the area’s prehistoric past with a trip to the Muséum d'histoire Naturelle de Toulouse, then move a few millennia forward in time to the Roman era at the Musée Saint-Raymond, which has a vast collection of Antique artefacts and artworks, and an abandoned necropolis in the basement. If Villa du Taur’s art collection whets your appetite, plot a course through Toulouse’s numerous galleries and museums. View works by Renaissance and Modern masters at Musée des Augustins; or for contemporary art, head to Les Abattoirs. Blast into the future at Cité de l’Espace which explores space travel and the farthest reaches of the universe. For a peaceful afternoon visit the lush gardens of the Jardin Japonais – it’s particularly pretty in spring when the cherry-blossom trees are in full bloom. 

Local restaurants

Set in the vaulted cellars of a listed building in the old town, Michelin-starred restaurant, Py-R is run by Toulouse’s culinary wonder-child, chef Pierre Lambinon. The young, award-winning chef offers an innovative approach to classic French cuisine: the menu changes constantly, but his specialities include l’œuf mollet (a very fancy version of a boiled egg) and wild hake in a peach sauce. Another Michelin-star-holding favourite is Les Jardins de l'Opéra in the Place du Capitole. Take a seat under the glass ceiling and enjoy chef Stéphane Tournié’s langoustine ravioli, roasted pigeon in a sesame-seed crust or candied lamb shoulder; if you can’t choose, order the tasting menu and Tournié will make the tough decisions for you. The interior of Le Bibent is an explosion of baroque-style grandeur with gilded caryatid pilasters, frescoes of chubby cherubs and tall mirrors lining the walls. The food tastes as good as the interior looks; their ‘unmissable’ dishes include salmon tartare with ginger-sprinkled oysters and potatoes stuffed with pork, followed by waffles with either melted chocolate or salted caramel sauce and a small mountain of whipped cream. 

Local cafés

It’s hard to pass Flower's Café’s cake-filled windows without popping in to pick up a slice of something caramelly and chocolatey or fruit-filled or both, n'est-ce pas? Come the weekend, grab brunch at La Fiancée; their menu changes weekly, but it always features delicious breakfast foods stacked into teetering towers of granola with fresh fruit, or pancakes with bacon and eggs. They also serve healthy lunches and home-made cakes, if you get peckish later in the day. 

Local bars

No. 5 has more than 300 different tipples to choose from, so oenophiles should certainly stop by: the oldest vintage dates back to 1675. Ship-shape bar, La Cale Sèche is a favourite for locals and out-of-towners alike. The bar resembles the bow of a ship and hurricane lamps, ropes and barrels abound. The drinks list commits to the theme, offering more than 20 types of rum. With trombones and vintage posters on the walls, a grand piano by the bar and an Indiana Jones pinball machine, Dada is as odd and varied as its art-movement namesake. Take a seat on one of the charming vintage chairs and work your way through the lengthy cocktail list and wine picks. Local favourite Fat Cat has the art deco interiors of a speakeasy, and the decadent drinks to match. The atmosphere is lively and the staff enthusastic; live jazz piano evenings are a regular feature. 

Reviews

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Isabelle Kliger

Anonymous review

By Isabelle Kliger, Roaming writer

When I’d first told Mr Smith we were going to Toulouse for the weekend, his instinctive reaction had been ‘What on earth for?’. His scepticism wasn’t without grounds – Toulouse receives just a fraction of the visitors of Nice or Paris and tends to be largely overlooked as a tourist destination. 

We arrived in Toulouse in the early evening, as the winter rain fell steadily on the pink city, giving it a greyish hue. Fortunate enough to live in nearby Barcelona, we had opted to dust off Mr Smith’s vintage convertible and take her for a spin up the coast. Less than four hours later, there we were, in France’s fourth city, home of French aviation and the country’s most notoriously diehard meat eaters.

Of all the rose-coloured cobbled streets in all the towns in all the world, the prettiest might just be Rue du Taur, where we eventually ended up, after a few failed attempts to navigate Toulouse’s bewilderingly tangled one-way system through the fervent back-and-forth of the windscreen wipers.

Open less than a year, Villa du Taur is a 17-room street-art themed hotel featuring a popular restaurant and gin bar. A spectacularly colourful mural by local artist Momies adorns the entrance, and there’s more – with bespoke pieces in the rooms and public spaces. As room manager Virginie explained, the owners use the hotel to support street art and showcase the work of local creatives, as well as big international names like Banksy and Keith Haring. ‘If you want to take a memento of your stay home with you, some of the pieces are for sale,’ she adds.

Contemporary urban design is the name of the game at Villa du Taur, which was put together almost from scratch by one of its owners, in collaboration with a designer from Bordeaux. Their keen eye for detail is present throughout, from the psychedelic tiles on the ground floor, to the copper pipe lighting by Alain Masseron in reception. 

Already in love with the feel of the place, we headed up to the first floor and our Deluxe room, 101. Again, the light fixtures were on point, with a series of well-positioned spotlights and two gorgeous brass lamps suspended above the bed. Also designed by Monsieur Masseron, the lamps might have ended up in my suitcase if I’d thought I could get away with it but, sadly, for now, they remain very much in Toulouse. 

The French invented the sexy weekend getaway so it came as no surprise that the bathroom was an entirely door-less, screen-less, curtain-less affair. This room is definitely not one for the prudish, but, when in Toulouse…

Toulouse is best known for its superb food and – unlike other cities that can be a bit hit and miss if you don’t know your way around – there were no dud meals on this trip. On our first night, we set out in search of local speciality cassoulet: a dense, hearty stew packed with different cuts of meat, sausage and white beans. The most legendary version of this carnivorous feast is found at Le Colombier, a restaurant that has been perfecting the recipe since Monsieur Colombier replaced the traditional duck confit with goose and made it his signature back in 1924. We don’t know how it tasted then, but in its current incarnation it is comforting and indulgent. 

Two giant cassoulets and an apple tart flambéed in Armagnac later, Mr Smith and I were grateful that Le Colombier is only a short stroll from Villa du Taur. Grateful, that is, until we discovered that the door to the hotel was locked and reception was dark and deserted. After a few brief moments of panic, we phoned the hotel and were soon let in by the very obliging night receptionist, who also had to repeat the same process the following night (lesson: bring your phone out when staying at Villa du Taur). Crisis averted and bellies still heavy with goose and beans, we went straight to bed and slept like gluttonous babies until morning. 

The highlight of any morning in France is breakfast, by which I mean fresh-baked flaky croissants, pains au chocolat and bread, served with copious amounts of butter, cheese, cold cuts and jam. Villa du Taur doesn’t disappoint, proudly offering up pastries sourced from one of Toulouse’s top bakeries. We washed it down with freshly squeezed orange juice and café au lait, all served by the exceedingly helpful Mélodie, and were all set for a day of exploring. 

Sadly, it seems the rain in France stays mainly in Toulouse, so our reconnoitring led us only as far as a superb selection of local patisseries, bistros, salons de thé and wine bars – and to the Aeroscopia museum of aeronautics, which Mr Smith tells me is a must for aviation enthusiasts. 

As we checked out the next morning, the sun peeped out momentarily, giving us a brief glimpse of Toulouse in all her pink glory. Top down, we headed back down south, won over by her charm.

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