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Hôtel Saint-Clair ( % 05 63 54 25 66; http://andrieu .michele.free.fr; 8 rue St-Clair; d €42-65; ) Free wi-fi; parking €8. Sweetly placed on a pedestrian old-town street, this two-star hotel feels just like home. Tempting wafts of home cooking drift across the small, flower-filled courtyard, an old-fashioned wooden bar gives reception a cosy air and a couple of rooms have a small balcony.

Hôtel George V ( % 05 63 54 24 16; www.hotelgeorgev .com; 29 av Maréchal Joffre; s/d/tr €45/50/55) Free wi-fi. Friendly, welcoming and family-run, this nine-room hotel with red bricks and blue shutters is excellent value. Rooms are spacious, and breakfast is served on a small terrace.

Le Vieil Alby (% 05 63 54 14 69; http://pagesperso -orange.fr/le-vieil-alby; 25 rue Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; s/d €44/53; S closed Jan) Tucked in the old town, this tiny hotel falls under the Logis de France umbrella group - and sits above a restaurant cooking up local fare.

Mercure Albi Bastides ( % 05 63 47 66 66; www.ac corhotels.com; 41 rue Porta; d €82-97; g®@) Free wi-fi and parking. Occupying a handsome 18th-century brick building that once served as a mill and later a pasta factory, this hotel on the other side of the water enjoys a prime riverside spot. Its 58 rooms are handsomely furnished, and prime views of red-brick Albi grace its restaurant terrace.

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