THE HOTEL: Novotel Toulouse Centre Wilson is in the picturesque heart of Toulouse beside Jardin Pierre Goudouli on Place Wilson. It is close to the Jean- Jaures metro station and there are two public car parks nearby. Toulouse airport is around 20 minutes away by car.
THE CHECK-IN: I arrived at the hotel in the afternoon following a flight from London Luton and an airport transfer. The reception is bright, modern and scaled down with a small desk. Check-in was quick and I was settled into my room in minutes.
THE ROOM: I stayed in a Superior room located on the top floor of the hotel. It was modern and comfortable, but did not benefit from much natural light due it being an attic room with a single roof window. The bedroom and bathroom were divided by a glass partition which had a mist function for privacy. The room had a queen-size bed and in-room amenities included free wifi, a minibar, rain shower, safe and a flatscreen TV. There was a large desk and chair and plenty of power points around the room. There was a large wardrobe and plenty of storage space.
THE FACILITIES: The hotel has a lounge area in the reception and a modern and bright bar connecting to the open lounge area. La Brasserie Du Capoul is a traditional brasserie and there is the Novotel Cafe by Capoul which is an open plan space suitable for business meetings. There is also a breakfast buffet available in the morning. For meetings and events the hotel has three room options. The Vivaldi room can sit up to 40 people theatre-style and the Mozart room is suitable for boardroom meetings of up to 12 attendees. The larger Espace Capoul can hold up to 200 delegates for dinner events. The facilities benefit from AV facilities, high-speed internet access and screens and projectors. Leisure facilities include a fitness centre, suana, hammam and jacuzzi
THE VERDICT: The central location is convenient for business travellers and there are good road connections from across the city. Rooms were comfortable and free wifi access is a boon for business guests. The staff were helpful and friendly throughout my stay.
THE DETAILS: Novotel Toulouse Centre Wilson, 15, Place Wilson, 3100 Toulouse, France. Nightly rates are available from €95. Check-in and checkout are both midday. www.novotel.com.
Reviewed by Benjamin Coren (2017)