I just e-mailed a request in french to my hotel in the Loire Valley asking them to make a reservation in Bléré at Le Cheval Blanc. I got a response saying "Please book yourself, we don't know all conditions for reservation." Is it totally out of the ordinary to make this request to a hotel in France. I find this toatlly inconvenient - one reason to stay at nice hotels is for this service? What other conditions could there be, table for four, 8:00, october 10 th, etc.