Where to stay: Midi-Pyrénées

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Albas - Chateau de la Blainie

Grand chateau B&B on the Lot Valley bike route

D8
46140 Albas
Lot, Midi-Pyrénées (Occitanie)

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Price from: €150

Open: All year

Fancy staying in a castle? Chateau de la Blainie dates back to 1860 – it was built by General Pagès, who served Napoleon III. It's since taken on a new life as a B&B and it's been recommended to us by cyclists wo stayed there while cycling the Lot Valley Bike Route. It offers wonderful views of the Lot River, the ancient village of Albas and the local AOC Cahors vineyards. There is a terrace and pool area for guests, as well as other activities like table tennis. Despite being a castle, it's a small working B&B with just two rooms – the chateau is also the home and workplace of wine and food authors Jolande Burg and Erik Spaans (they sometimes also offer culinary workshops). The chateau is close to local restaurants and wineries (including Château de Cayx, which the Danish royal family owns). German, English, French and Dutch spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Albi Ibis Hotel

Affordable hotel option in the centre of UNESCO-listed Albi

16 avenue Gambetta
81000 Albi
Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

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Price from: €59

Open: Year-round

Located in the centre of the city, just 1km from the cathedral. 24-hour reception. Family friendly. 24-hour bar. Restaurant. Wifi. Bikes can be kept with you in your room or, if available, staff can find a spare, secure room for your bike.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities

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Argelès-Gazost - Hôtel Le Miramont

Pyrenees spa town hotel with its own dedicated bike area

44, avenue des Pyrénées
65400 Argelès-Gazost
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €70

Open: All year

The Hotel Miramont is a well-appointed cycle friendly hotel that's used to welcoming cyclists – it even has a dedicated bike area called The Grange. There, you'll find four individual bike lockups, plus a communal bike storage area, a workshop with tools, plus a bike cleaning area. Individual riders welcome, as well as groups. The hotel is in the spa town of Argelès-Gaznost, making it an excellent choice as a base for exploring the many cols accessible from here, such as the Aubisque, Col du Soulor and the Hautacam. It's also great for non-cycling family and friends as it has lovely gardens – relax in a deckchair! – plus a restaurant that opens onto a terrace when the sun is shining. It's also just a short walk to the town's spa centre. Free wifi. French and English spoken. Twins, doubles and family rooms.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Argelès-sur-Mer - Camping Les Chênes Rouges

Woodland campsite near the Mediterranean coast south of Perpignan

Route de Sorede
66700 Argelès-sur-Mer
Pyrénées-Orientales, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €24 for tent pitches, prices vary for self-catering cabins

Open: Avril 11 to September 20

Shady and peaceful, Camping Les Chênes Rouges is located in a wooded parkland just west og the Mediterranean hub of Argelès-sur-Mer. It's set among cork oak, mimosa, aloe vera and eucalyptus trees, and offering stunning views of the Albères mountain range. It's ideally located for both outings across the Spanish border into northern Catalonia and walks along the coves and through the picturesque villages of the Côte Vermeille. Snack bar and onsite pizzeria. Pool and waterslides. Children's play area and outdoor games. Part of the Flower Campings network of independently run sites.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Wifi

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Aspet - Le Cottage du Milan Royal (Pyrenees)

Large village house ideal for classic TDF climbs in the Pyrenees

140 La Ville
31160 Aspet
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)6 32 07 64 12 France; +44 (0)7534 994215 (UK)
Email: alison.aggleton@gmail.com

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Price from: €150 per night for the whole cottage; €300 per weekend; €450 per week. Please feel free to phone or email Alison with any enquiries.

Open: All year

Le Cottage du Milan Royal is a fully renovated 6-bedroom cottage that's a perfect base for cycling in the central Pyrenees. The owner, Alison, is keen to see more cyclists use it. The cottage is on a small square with parking at the front and a lockable garage for bikes. There is also walled private garden. A hose is available for washing down bikes. Aspet is near the Col de Portet d’Aspet – featured over 30 times in the Tour de France. It's also within reach of the Col de Mente, Col de Buret, Col de Larrieu, Station du Mortis, Cols des Ares and the Portillon. Great also for mountain biking, with 32 all-terrain routes in the Aspet area. The tourist office has more info on bike routes. Good access from Lannemezan (50km), Saint-Gaudens (15km) and Bagneres-du-Luchon (45km).

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Aubisque/Tourmalet - Pyrénées Cycling Lodge (Saint Savin)

Mountains in all directions from this base created for and by cyclists

6 rue du Castillou
65400 Saint Savin
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)7 67 68 98 31
Email: pyreneescyclinglodge@gmail.com

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Price from: €72 per person per night based on double occupancy; €100 per person per night based on single occupancy

Open: May to October

Cyclists Niamh and Mark have created the perfect cycling experience in the High Pyrenees. Situated in the beautiful medieval village of Saint Savin, mid-way between the Tourmalet and the Aubisque, the location is about as good as it gets for cycling. There are 7 Tour de France climbs right on their doorstep (Soulor, Aubisque, Bordéres, Cambasque, Luz Ardiden, Tourmalet and Hautacam); plus many more hidden gems. The cycling lodge has 5 bedrooms in a range of room formations (sleeping 18 people in total), plus a large communal dining and social space, all with stunning mountain views. They offer a dinner/B&B package with their rooms, so all you have to do is turn up and ride. This is a base for te entire cycling family – including non-cycling partners and friends, so everyone can enjoy this little piece of paradise in the Pyrenees. Indoor lockable secure bike storage room, tools and all the added extras you'd expect of a place with 'cycling' in its name.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Auch – Hotel de France

Old coaching inn with reliable accommodation in the heart of the Gers

Place de la Libération
32000 Auch
Gers, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €75

Open: All year

Auch is built around the west bank of the Gers river, and is the capital of the Gers region – France's most sparsely populated. The area makes either a wonderful base for cycling, or an interesting stop en route to the mountains of the Pyrenees or to Toulouse to the east. Hotel de France – in the middle or town – is a former coaching inn that's retained much of the elegance and charm of bygone years. There's an informal brasserie, as well as a more sophisticated restaurant serving local cuisine. The staff are experienced at welcoming cyclists and regularly host tour groups. Terrace. Free wifi. French, Spanish and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Ax-les-Thermes - Hotel Le Chalet

Recommended cycle friendly option close to Ax-3-Domaines

4 Avenue Turrel
09110 Ax-les-Thermes
Ariège, Midi-Pyrénées (Occitanie)

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Price from: €70

Open: All year

Situated in the town of Ax-les-Thermes Le Chalet is a good hotel option with clean rooms, a friendly welcome and super restaurant to ensure that you are properly refuelled after a day on the road. The hotel also has its own spa and comes recommended as cycle friendly, with secure space for bikes (it's used by local cycle tour companies). It would make a good base if you are in the area for climbing the Ax-3-Domaines or Plateau de Beille, or watching the Tour de France which regularly pass through. Free wifi. French and English spoken. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Bagnères-de-Bigorre – Les Dix Arches (Aspin/Tourmalet)

Cyclists' B&B with workshop and washdown facilities at foot of Tourmalet

2 rue Emilien Frossard
65200 Bagnères-de-Bigorre
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)5 62 91 21 98
Email: info@allezpyrenees.com

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Price from: €45 single, €60 double, €75 triple (10% discount for stays 5 nights or more)

Open: Year-round

In Bagnères-de-Bigorre, on the eastern approach to the Tourmalet, Aspin, Hourquette, Peyresourde and other classic Tour de France summits, you'll find the super bike-friendly, Les Dix Arches. Owners Caroline and Andy have kitted the B&B out with everything and anything a cyclist might need: there's a bike workshop, secure storage and washdown facilities, as well as spares and energy gels for sale; a clothes washing service is available for longer stays, there are local bike hire discounts for guests, plus free wifi and optional evening meals. Caroline and Andy know this area intimately and are on hand to offer advice on both road and mountain bike routes.
Read our review here

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Bagnères-de-Luchon - Free Range Chalet B&B (Portillon, Peyresourde, Ares, Port de Bales)

Super B&B catering for cyclists from the heart of Bagnères-de-Luchon

Villa Gracieuse
14 Avenue du Docteur Lambron
31110 Bagnères-de-Luchon
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)5 61 79 36 94 / +33 (0)7 89 98 29 83
Email: hi@thefreerangechalet.com

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Price from: €350 per person per week

Open: Open all year except November

Victoria and Geoff have used their years of mountain chalet experience to lovingly refurbish The Free Range Chalet, making it an ideal base from which to explore the Pyrenees by bike. From their door, the Portillon, Peyresourde, Ares and the Port de Bales are all within reach. Close to the Bagnères-de-Luchon town centre. All rooms en-suite. B&B plus evening meals included in prices. "We're passionate about providing well-balanced, home-made meals, using as many locally sourced, seasonal ingredients as we can," says Victoria. "All dietary requirements are enthusiastically catered for, and we provide wholesome breakfasts to fuel long days on the bike." Free wifi. Airport/train station transfers, picnic lunches and laundry all available. French and English spoken.
** We've stayed here – read our review **

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Cabrerets - Hôtel Restaurant des Grottes du Pech Merle

Rural retreat tucked away in the gorges of the Lot Valley

Le Bourg
46330 Cabrerets
Lot-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €90

Open: April to October

Hôtel Restaurant des Grottes du Pech Merle is a family run hotel on the River Célé, which joins the Lot River around 4km to the south near Bouzies. As the hotel name suggests, it's a 3km ride to the caves at Pech Merle – among France's most prehistric and best preserved prehistoric sites; you can also take the hill climb from the village. The hotel was in fact started by Marthe David – who as teenager discovered the cave with two friends, the three quarrying their way in through a gap. It's still run by the family today. There is a restaurant terrace (food is served all day) that overlooks the river, as well as a pool and a lovely garden area. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Wifi

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Cahors - Hotel Terminus

Ideally placed for riding the Lot Valley bike route

5 Avenue Charles de Freycinet
46000 Cahors
Lot, Midi-Pyrénées (Occitanie)

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Price from: €55

Open: All year

Hotel Terminus has been recommended to us by cyclists who stayed there. It's a friendly local hotel with 20 rooms in a traditional manor house. It's just 280m from the train station. This is a good one for wine-lovers - there is a wine cellar with more than 600 local and international wines. You can try some of them if you eat at the restaurant Le Balandre, which serves gourmet French cuisine. 24-hour reception for late arrivals (or early departures) on the Lot Valley bike route.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Cahors - Inter-Hotel de France

Bike-friendly hotel in train station precinct of Cahors

Avenue Jean Jaurès
46000 Cahors
Lot, Midi-Pyrenees

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Price from: €78

Open: All year

This is a great option if you're riding the Lot Valley bike route. (And it's been recommended to us by cyclists who've used it). Close to the station, it's at the southern end of the city where the river Lot loops up and around Cahors. There is dedicated bike parking available. Choose from a single, double, triple or quad room – making this hotel a good option for families and groups. It's rated three-star and has all the usual mod-cons, including free wifi. English, French and Spanish spoken. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Canal de Garonne - A La Reine (Monbéqui)

Welcoming B&B close to Montauban and the Canal de Garonne

111 Rue du Bac
82170 Monbéqui
Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €69

Open: All year

A short ride from the Canal de Garonne the A La Reine, a charming B&B with two very generous bedrooms. A good buffet breakfast is served each morning and this can be taken on the terrace when the sun is shining, as can evening meals which a focus on high quality produce with a wide-ranging and interesting menu. They also have bikes available for guest use.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Canal de Garonne - Hôtel Le Moulin de Moissac

Riverside hotel ideal for the Bordeaux-Toulouse bike route

Esplanade du Moulin
82200 Moissac
Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €105

Open: All year

This is a super base on the banks of the Tarn river, 6 or 7km off the Garonne towpath – it's an ideal place to stay if you're cycing the Canal de Garonne. The hotel regularly hosts small cycle tour companies, so the staff here are used to welcoming riders who are coming in off the canal. It's a 3-star hotel, and all the rooms have river views. It has some excellent bonus facilities such as a spa complex (ideal for resting weary muscles) – there's a hot tub, sauna, hammam and massages also available. Onsite restaurant with a piano bar. Rooms also have coffee machines. Adventure playground for kids, plus canoe hire nearby. French, English and Spanish spoken. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Canal de Garonne - Hotel-Restaurant Au Colombier du Touron

Family friendly hotel a short distance from the canal

187 Avenue des Landes
Route de Mont de Marsan
47310 Brax
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €61

Open: All year

Bike-friendly small hotel on the D119 about 6km west of Agen that's used to welcoming cyclists (it's about 500 metres from the Canal de Garonne tow path linking Bordeaux to Toulouse). Super family friendly with a playground area for mini-cyclists + cots, high chairs and bottle warmers. There are 11 rooms, including family rooms and triples ideal for groups and sharers. Onsite restaurant serving local cuisine. Free wifi. French and English spoken. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Canal de Garonne - Villa Toulousaine (Grisolles)

B&B on the Canal de Garonne

58 rue darnaud bernard
82170 Grisolles
Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €55

Open: All year

The Villa Toulousaine is a highly regarded B&B on the Canal de Garonne between Montauban and Toulouse. With really well decorated and clean rooms, a lovely garden with private spots to relax and a pool it could be a great place to stay while travelling along the canal. Free wifi. French and English spoken. There is also a babysitting service, plus the owners can help arrange bike hire for exploring the canal and the countryside.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Canal du Midi - Camping du Lac de La Thésauque (Montgeard)

Lake-side pitches and cabins off the Canal du Midi east of Toulouse

31560 Montgeard
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €14 for a pitch per night; cabins and mobile homes from €40 a night (min two nights)

Open: All year

Camping du Lac de La Thésauque is a 3-star campsite at Montgeard, just off the Canal du Midi east of Toulouse. Tent pitches, mobile homes and cabins to rent. The campsite provides a natural, lake-side setting with water sports centre, an outdoor pool, and activities for young and old (canoeing, paddle-boarding, pedalos, floating bouncy castle, etc). An ideal stop between Toulouse and Carcassonne on the Canal di Midi bike route. There is also a free suttle bus for walkers and cyclists to and from the canal. Part of the Flower Campings network of independently run sites.

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  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Canal du Midi - La Maison de Charlotte

Friendly B&B (with jacuzzi) between Toulouse and Castelnaudary

195 rue de la République
31290 Villefranche-de-Lauragais
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

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Price from: €55

Open: All year

Small traditional B&B with just four rooms just minutes from the Canal du Midi at Villefranche-de-Lauragais. We're told this is a friendly place that offers a really French welcome ('it's a bit like staying with friends,' one cyclist reports). There is also a shared kitchen for guest use. Free wifi. Locked garage for bike parking. Doubles and twins, plus there's one triple. Outdoor decking/terrace with jacuzzi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information

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Canal du Midi - Pause Canal

Toulousaine-style B&B on the Canal du Midi

2, route départementale 813
31450 Donneville
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €60

Open: All year

The Pause Canal B&B is located right on the banks of the Canal du Midi, just 20km east of Toulouse. The owners are well used to helping cyclists, with two rooms available, plus a pool and large garden. Breakfast can be served outside on the terrace and there's a microwave in each room for guest use. Packed lunches are also available for your pannier. Free wifi. English and French spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Catalonia - Camping Verneda (Spanish border)

Camping and self-catering cabins within reach of Bagnères-de-Luchon

Ctra. N-230 Km. 171
25537 Pont d'Arròs
Lleida, Catalonia, Spain

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Price from: €5 per tent; from €55 a night for a self-catering bungalow

Open: All year

Tucked just over the Spanish border and within reach of the high Pyrenees cols from Bagnères-de-Luchon is the lovely Camping Verneda. There is plenty of room for tents and campervans, plus a great range of self-catering bungalows and cabins at affordable prices. Super family friendly (there are two children's playground areas). Onsite bar and restuarant. Mini-supermarket for supplies. Games room. Pool. Onsite mountain bike hire. This is a lovely option alongside a mountain river stream and handy to some of the best bike routes on both sides of the Pyrenees.   

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Central Pyrenees – Pyrenees Cycling Holiday Gite (Port de Bales, Peyresourde)

Self-contained cottage in a rural setting; run by keen cyclists

Le Couloume
Las Planteros
31580 Loudet
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)7 86 21 44 63
Email: info@pyreneesgite.com

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Price from: Self-catering from €70 per night or €490 per week based on 4 people sharing

Open: All year

Cyclists Claudia and Hugues would love to host you in the foothills of the Pyrenees. They have a beautifully restored self-contained cottage for 4 people (with 10x5m pool and mountain views). In the central Pyrenees on the border with the Hautes Pyrenees, they have access to some of the best cycling in France – from pan flat routes to lovely rolling hills and Tour de France cols. The start of the Port de Balès, either side of the Col de Mente and the Col d'Aspin, and the Portet de Aspet are all around 30km away. Superbagnères, the Portillon and the Peyresoude are within reach, while even the Tourmalet is a 150km round trip (a great day in the saddle). Or ask Claudia and Hugues about the lovely local rides through the beautiful Baronnies, a challenging landscape that sits in front of the Aspin and Tourmalet (and a true hidden gem). Free wifi. Storage/workshop, plus loads of local knowledge. English, French, Italian and German spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Col d'Aspin/Tourmalet/Aubisque - Hotel Les Templiers

Cosy famiily run hotel on the western side of the Col du Tourmalet

6 Place de la Comporte
65120 Luz St Sauveur
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)5 6292 8152
Email: contact@hotel-luz.com

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Price from: 75€-85€ per night. Organic buffet breakfast 9.50€pp.

Open: All year

Hotel Les Templiers is a small, family run hotel in the centre of Luz St Sauveur, and ideally located at the bottom of the western side of the Col du Tourmalet, and also at the bottom of a number of other interesting climbs (Luz Ardiden, Col des Tentes, Troumouse). Just down the road in Argeles-Gazost is the bottom of the climbs for Hautacam and Col du Soulor/Col d'Aubisque. The hotel has 10 traditional hotel rooms available for B&B, as well as a fully equipped self-catered apartment. Free wifi. French and English spoken (run by a Franco-Australian couple). On-site restaurant; free tea and coffee in the lounge.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Condom - Les Trois Lys

Ideal for exploring the town and riding the Voie Verte de l'Armagnac

38 Rue Gambetta
32100 Condom
Gers, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €70

Open: All year

You get a lot of bang for your buck at Les Trois Lys – closer to a major city, a hotel like this would twice the price or more. Instead, you'll find yourself nestled in a town surrounded by countryside and within striking distance of the Pyrenees. Condom is around 150km from either Bordeaux and Toulouse, or 100km north of the airport at Tarbes. It's 50km from the Canal de Garonne at Agen (and also linked by local TER train - see bike/train info here). It's a great cycling base – especially as the Voie Verte de l'Armagnac starts near the town. There is no dedicated bike garage but there is a safe storage shelter within the grounds – the hotel regularly welcomes cyclists and walkers on the route to Compostella. It offers an outdoor pool and a bar, free wifi and a 24-hour reception for late arrivals. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Espalion - Hotel de France

Local hotel ideal for the Lot Valley river route and Camino de Santiago

36 Boulevard Joseph Poulenc
12500 Espalion
Aveyron, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €55

Open: All year

Hotel de France in Espalion is a traditional hotel with 22 rooms in the town centre. It has been recommended to us by cyclists who stayed there. It's on one of France's popular Camino de Santiago routes and is a popular base for hikers and cyclists, being on the Lot River and on the edge of the Parc naturel régional de l'Aubrac and also just west of the Parc national des Cévennes. Twins, doubles and triples. Continental breakfasts. Onsite restaurant. Free wifi. 30km north-east of Rodez.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Goutrens - Le Bouleau

Passionately run B&B on an organic Goutrens farm

Les Hemps
12390 Goutrens
Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €65 per room B&B

Open: April-October

Bike-mad Steve and Lisa have worked tirelessly to create Le Bouleau since moving to the region in 2009 from South Africa. They offer B&B rooms with a wonderful locally sourced breakfast and evening meal options. Steve is a very keen cyclist who can advise on local routes, including those to one of the many surrounding 'plus beaux villages' and the beautiful Aveyron river valley area. Lisa is passionate about cooking and runs courses from the kitchen, as well as arranging visits to local markets, restaurants and vineyards. Free wifi. English and French spoken. And if that isn't enough, there's a certified organic farm alongside the property growing vegetables and saffron.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Grenade-sur-Garonne - Villa Léopoldine

Lovely base that's worth a short detour from the Canal de Garonne

29 rue Gambetta
31330 Grenade-sur-Garonne
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €89

Open: All year

Midway between Montauban and Toulouse and a small detour from the Canal de Garonne towpath is Villa Léopoldine. It makes for an interesting stopover. Previously it was a large family townhouse and has now been converted into a contemporary hotel with large rooms complete with sofa and marble en-suite. A continental breakfast is served each morning, which you can enjoy outside when the sun is out, which is a lot in this area.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Laguiole - Hotel Le Relais de Laguiole

Hotel in the far northern Midi-Pyrénées close to the St James' Way

Espace les Cayres
12210 Laguiole
Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €110

Open: May to October

A comfortable hotel with fully-equipped rooms including free wifi. Option to book your own private balcony or a lounge or family room. Visitors can relax at the spa by the heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna after a day on the bike. The restaurant serves local Aubrac cuisine. A garage is available for storage and the staff can provide local road knowledge, while the St James' Way (Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle) is just 15km away. French, English and Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Lourdes Ibis Centre Gare

City centre hotel just 250m from the train station

5 Chaussée Maransin
65100 Lourdes
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €54

Open: All year

Hotel located in the heart of Lourdes, just 250m from the train station. Restaurant and bar onsite. Free wifi. All rooms are air-conditioned. Breakfast available. Management advises that bikes can be stored in bedrooms.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities

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Luzech - Le Figuier de Pauline

B&B located just 200m from the Lot River at Luzech

572 La Grave
46140 Luzech
Lot, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €75

Open: All year

Le Figuier de Pauline is a B&B in Luzech that was recommended to us by cyclists who stayed there. Swimming pool, table tennis and garden. Evening meals available on request. Free wifi. Continental and buffet breakfast options. Children welcome. French and English spoken. 21km from Cahors on the Lot Valley bike route.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Martres-Tolosane - Le Moulin

Campsite 60km SW of Toulouse in the foothills of the Pyrenees

Lieu dit Le Moulin
31220 Martres-Tolosane
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €19 for 2 people with tent, chalets and fixed tents/bungalows also available

Open: April to September

The tranquil Le Moulin campsite in Martres-Tolosane 60km SW of Toulouse is set in an old Roman villa, the atmospheric 17th century stone buildings and restored watermill providing a unique place to stay. The site is easily accessible from the A64 running between Toulouse and Pau if you're arriving by car, making it an ideal base for cycling while enjoying the secluded and relaxed nature of this park. The pitch options are hedge-lined and generally partially shaded. The heated swimming area includes an aqua-park style slide. A restaurant/bar serves drinks and ice-creams throughout the day and the nearby medieval town of Martres-Tolosane offers sightseeing and dining options. Pitches as well as self-catered cabins.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Moissac - L'Armateur (Canal de Garonne)

Well-appointed hotel with pool between Bordeaux and Toulouse

22 Rue du Pont
82200 Moissac
Tarn-et-Garonne, Occitanie

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Price from: €85

Open: All year

This hotel has been recommended to us by cyclists who stayed here (there is a dedicated bike shed). L'Armateur is an 18th-century house that's been converted into a modern and stylish hotel. It's in the centre of Moissac, just 50m from the Canal de Garonne bike route. The rooms at the Hotel l'Armateur have views over the garden or the town. Free wifi plus the rooms have kettles for tea and coffee – something of a rarity in French hotels. The common areas in the hotel are air-conditioned and there is a swimming pool in the garden. The restaurant serves traditional and regional cuisine (you can also eat on the terrace).

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Montauban - Abbaye des Capucins Spa & Resort (for Canal de Garonne)

Classy and comfortable four-star hotel near the river in Montauban

Montauban
82000 Montauban
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

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Price from: €129

Open: All year

Abbaye des Capucins Spa & Resort – just off the Canal de Garonne at Montauban, 60km from Toulouse - is a relaxing hotel with outdoor pool, spa centre and fitness room. The rooms are classy and elegant, as are the corridors and finer touches on the hotel. Most rooms have views of the Tarn River. There's also an inhouse restaurant and brasserie. French, English and Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Najac - Le Belle-Rive

Cycle-friendly hotel on the banks of the Aveyron River

4 Rue Roc Du Pont
12270 Najac
Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €65

Friendly 2-star hotel-restaurant 2km outside the village. On the banks of the river Aveyron, it faces the castle. Welcomes groups. Bicycle parking provided in a garage. Internet access. Member of the Logis network of hotels and complies to that company's cycle standards policy. Also has a swimming pool and tennis court.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Rivière-sur-Tarn - Camping Le Peyrelade (Millau)

Set among the beautiful gorges of the Tarn

Lieu-dit Peyrelade
12640 Rivière-sur-Tarn
Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées (Occitanie)

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Price from: €20 for a pitch, prices of cabins and fixed tents vary

Open: Until September

Camping Le Peyrelade is a 4-star campsite along the river and under the cliffs of the Grandes Causses Natural Park amid the magnificent Tarn gorges. The long river beach is ideal for swimming, fishing and white water sports. The campsite also boasts a heated pool, a programme of activities for the kids and evening entertainments including singers, musicians and magic shows. Pitches plus canvas bungalows, mobile homes and chalets for rent. Snack bar and restaurant for takeaway pizzas.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Rodez - Hotel du Midi Logis International

Reliable local hotel with B&B and apartments in historic Rodez

1 Rue Beteille
12000 Rodez
Aveyron, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €56

Open: All year

Hotel du Midi is located in the centre of historic Rodez, around 1km from the train station (direct links to Paris and Toulouse). It's in an ideal location just opposite the town’s Notre Dame Cathedral (some rooms have views of the cathedral). Breakfast buffet + onsite restaurant serving local cuisine. Free wifi. There are singles, doubles and triples, as well as a self-catering apartment option (it sleeps 5). The hotel has been recommended by cyclists who stayed there.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Saint Cirq Lapopie - Hotel Les Gabarres

Hotel at the bottom of the climb to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

Lieu dit Tour de Faure
46330 Tour-de-Faure
Lot, Midi-Pyrénées (Occitanie)

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Price from: €80

Open: All year

This is a friendly two-star hotel with pool at the foot of the historic village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. Hotel Les Gabarres offers flexible accommodation with doubles and quadruple/family rooms, as well as some self-catering rooms with kitchenettes. It was recommended to us by a cyclist who rode the Lot Valley bike route.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val - Camping Les Gorges de l'Aveyron

Campsite for exploring the stunning gorges of the Aveyron

Marsac Bas
82140 Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val
Aveyron, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €14 for a 'nature' pitch for a single cyclist, prices vary for self-catered options

Open: Until October 30

Camping Les Gorges de l'Aveyron is a 3-star campsite in the beautiful town of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the Aveyron river gorge region of SW France. There are camping pitches, as well as self-catered canvas bungalows, lodges and mobile homes. Heated outdoor pool and play area. Kids’ club. Perfect base for cycling the relatively empty roads of the Aveyron. Also great for canoeing and kayaking, climbing, mountain biking and paragliding. Wander the narrow streets of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val or stay here en route to exploring the medieval villages of Cordes-sur-Ciel, Bruniquel and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. Bar, pizzas to take away. Wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Saint-Jean-du-Bruel - Camping La Dourbie (Millau Viaduct)

In the Dourbie valley between the Larzac plateau and the Cévennes

Route de Nant
12230 Saint-Jean-du-Bruel
Aveyron, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €15 for a pitch, prices vary for fixed base tents and cabins

Open: April 25 to September 29

Camping La Doubie is a 4-star campsite in Saint-Jean-du-Bruel, close to the Millau viaduct in southern Aveyron. It's nestled between the Causse du Larzac and the Cévennes National Park. Camping pitches, mobile homes and chalet rental. Outdoor pool, family activities. Camping La Dourbie takes its name from the river which flows alongside the site. The owners are proud of family atmosphere nurtured here, with the site offering quiet, generous pitches in the semi-shade on the banks of the river. Onsite activities include guided organise walks in the countryside and a range of outdoor activities.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Souillac - Auberge du Puits

Friendly hotel-restaurant on the Dordogne-Lot border

5 place du Puits
46200 Souillac
Lot, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €48

Open: All year

Auberge du Puits was recommended to us by cyclists who stayed there. Located in the centre of the Souillac old town and near the river routes of the Dordogne, it has its own restaurant (ideal for late arrivals who just want to shower, eat and relax!) and a dedicated bicycle storage area. There is a private garden and terrace, while some rooms have a private balcony. It's also close to Souillac railway station, which is on the line to Paris, Cahors and Toulouse. Free wifi. French and English spoken.
See here for a bike route that goes through town.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Souillac - Camping Les Ondines

Riverside camping on the banks of the Dordogne

Rue des Ondines
46200 Souillac
Lot, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €9 for a basic 'trekking' pitch for one cyclist; rates vary for self-catered cabins and onsite tents

Open: Until September 27

Camping Les Ondines is a 3-star campsite just across the Lot border at Souillac-sur-Dordogne, close to the river Dordogne and an ideal base from which to explore the Dordogne and Lot valleys, including the towns of Collonges La Rouge, Rocamadour and Sarlat. Camping pitches as well as self-catered rentals, fixed base canvas tents and mobile homes. Heated outdoor pool + a short walk from a water park. Family friendly with kids' entertainment. Bar/restaurant. Wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Tarbes - Le RexHotel

City centre hotel that regularly welcomes amateur and pro cyclists

10 Cours Gambetta
65000 Tarbes
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €135

Open: All year

With the Tarbes railway station only 1.3km away, this four-star hotel provides a good first stop for those arriving in the area by train or plane. It offers a great base for visitors wanting to explore the Pyrenees or take in a stage or two of the Tour de France. Decoration is modern throughout and the rooms are well appointed, with king-sized beds and air-conditioning. There is a bar and restaurant, plus gym and relaxation area (massages can be arranged). Free wifi. Staff speak French, English, Spanish and Dutch. Airport transfers available on request. Anyone arriving with a bike can use the secure storage facilities, and perhaps get some tips from the pros who often use this hotel as a base.
**We've stayed here - read our review**

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Tarn - Mercure Albi Bastides

Restored flour mill with stunning views of the river Tarn in Albi

41 Bis Rue Porta
81000 Albi
Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

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Price from: €98

Open: Year-round

One of the most picturesque hotels in France. Located on the banks of the Tarn, this restored flour mill now doubles as a modern hotel and centrally located hotel in Albi. 24-hour reception. Lift. Onsite restaurant and bar. Wifi. Management confirms that there is a room set aside for bike storage. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities

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Tarn-et-Garonne - Nightingale Cottage

Stone cottage overlooking the countryside in the Tarn-et-Garonne

82300 Caussade
Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

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Price from: £32 per night or £226-£467 per week (min two-night stay)

Open: Year-round

Nestled among rolling hills and fields of sunflowers, this newly-renovated stone cottage is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Tarn et Garonne and Lot regions. It has miles of quiet roads and rolling hills surrounding it, making for beautiful and challenging bike rides. The two-bedroom gite sleeps 4 people.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Toulouse - Adagio Parthenon

Spacious and well-equipped apartment hotel in the Toulouse city centre

86 Allée Jean Jaurès
31000 Toulouse
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

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Price from: €93

Open: Year round

Apartment hotel with fully equipped self-catering facilities, plus buffet breakfasts and onsite bar. Apartments sleep up to 4 people. Located in the Toulouse city centre near Place Wilson and close to the TGV train station. 24-hour reception. Each apartments has a kitchen with fridge, hob, microwave, living room ad private bathroom. Multi-lingual staff. Free wifi access in the bar. Management advises there is secure bike storage inside the hotel. The hotel's parent website has a best-price guarantee so it's always worth comparing prices.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Toulouse - Crowne Plaza

Super bike-friendly hotel a few blocks from the Canal du Midi

7 Place du Capitole
31000 Toulouse
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €90 per room

Open: All year

Super bike-friendly hotel in central Toulouse. Yannick from the hotel's management team contacted me to say they were very keen to host more English-speaking cyclists. The hotel is located on beautiful Capital Square, one of the city's showcase restaurant squares. Key city sights like the Saint Sernin Basilica, the Augustins Museum and the Convent of the Jacobins are all easy to reach from the door. The hotel is just a few blocks from the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi, making it a good base for a ride in either direction. Gourmet restaurant with traditional French dishes plus a summer restaurant with salad and grill and an evening piano bar. The hotel has access to a locked bike parking box for 20 bikes in the secure carpark opposite the hotel. There's a bike maintenance and repair kit available from reception and a laundry service if you need to freshen up your kit. Free wifi. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Toulouse - Hôtel Le Père Léon

Atmospheric Toulouse institution with luggage room for bikes

2 Place Esquirol
31000 Toulouse
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €75

Open: All year

Originally founded in 1905 as a wine bar by the grandfather of the current owners, the Hôtel Le Père Léon is a stylish 3-star city hotel in the city centre (the Esquirol Metro station is out the front). A brasserie still operates inside the hotel where the wine bar was first established, and this is complemented by a fully refurbished hotel. (The brasseries's wine racks – chock-full of hundreds of bottles – were protected throughout the refurbishment to preserve their coat of dust). This is a good base for exploring Toulouse – it's a quick ride to the river Garonne and to the point at which the Canal de Garonne becomes the Canal du Midi, plus it's handy for the city's museums and the basilica. Free wifi. Buffet breakfast. Singles, doubles, twins and triples. Luggage store for upto 3 bikes.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Toulouse - Ibis Toulouse Centre

Reliable chain hotel in Toulouse city centre

2 rue Claire Pauilhac
31000 Toulouse
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

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Price from: €72

Open: Year round

A short ride from the Toulouse Old Town and the train station, the Ibis Toulouse Centre is a refurbished modern hotel with onsite restaurant and bar, plus free wifi (and web corner) and 24-hour reception. Management advises that bikes can be safely locked inside the hotel. Airport shuttle bus.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Toulouse - Mercure Toulouse Compans Caffarelli

Hotel at the junction of the Canal du Midi and Canal de Garonne

Boulevard Lascrosses
8 Esplanade Compans Caffarelli
31000 Toulouse
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

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Price from: €93

Open: All year

Located just near where the Canal du Midi meets the Canal de Garonne, this hotel is well-placed for cyclists visiting Toulouse. Airport shuttle nearby. Bar and terrace restaurant overlooking a garden. Wifi. A private garage provides secure bike parking (bring your own lock). The garage is gated, requires an entry code and has security cameras. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Toulouse - Novotel Centre Compans Caffarelli

Toulouse hotel near the Canal du Midi and with outdoor pool

5 Place Alfonse Jourdain
31000 Toulouse
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €94

Open: Year-round

Central Toulouse hotel with a bike-friendly approach. There is a secure car park with a designated area for bikes; the car park is under CCTV surveillance. There is also a luggage store inside the hotel for bikes on arrival and for panniers etc. The hotel works with a local bike hire firm and can help arrange bike hire. Free wifi. Onsite restaurant and bar. Outdoor swimming pool. Children's play area and games console.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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