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Chateau de la Menaudiere
Moscow
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134 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2011

Absolutely fantastic. Charming chateaux hidden in the park. Very silent, relaxing atmosphere. exactly what we were needed in order to explore Amboise and other castles..

The only inconvenient parts are 1. Wi-fi guaranteed only at reception. Signal in the room was very week. 2. Hotel does not provide any food at all except breakfast, and does not let to have your own food outside the room.. So we just had romantic dinner in our room with some ham, cheese and wine bought in Amboise :)

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Chuk_I_Gek
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

We decided to make a last minute trip to the Loire Valley and needed a Saturday night stay, preferably in a chateau or something charming. Of course the majority of the chateaux were fully booked in advance. We booked the last room at another chateau through venere.com on Friday night, but when I called to reconfirm Saturday morning they had no record of the reservation. They did their best to reaccomodate us, but I stumbled on the Chateau de la Menaudiere on booking.com instead. It seemed less luxurious than the other, but the price was only half as expensive at 80 EUR for a "comfort" room. I decided to book directly by telephone to avoid another on-line booking mix up, and it was no problem to get the on-line rate. The operator did mention that they only had rooms with two seperate beds available, but would try to accomodate our request for a queen bed. The alternative was a non-descript chain hotel in Tours or Amboise, so we decided to "risk" it from the somewhat mixed reviews here. We were planning to visit the Zooparc de Beauval which is less than a half our drive away and we came by car, so the issues of transportation were not a big deal for us. Montrichard is a 10 minute drive away and Amboise 25 minutes or so. The receptionist recommended going to Amboise for dinner, since it's a larger more touristic town and we had a wonderful meal. Getting to the hotel was no problem by car on the road towards Amboise from Montrichard. The turn off is the next driveway after passing the Menaudiere Hospital. There is a long driveway (lit up at night, unlike the main road) as you approach the chateau. There is plenty of parking and the receptionist took us to room no. 20 in the smaller annex building. It did require going up and down some stairs, but the room was bigger than we expected, including a queen bed, a small mezzanine and view of the courtyard and main building. The decorations were classic but simple, with a small flat screen tv and a desk by the window. Later we found out that the tv had no reception, but we didn't bother to ask the receptionist to get it fixed since we didn't really want to watch anything in particular. There was a full size bath and shower head, but no shower curtain or screen. Soap and shampoo were provided as befitting it's 3 star billing. We didn't bother with breakfast the next day at 13 EUR per person, and had a wonderful picnic with a baguette and some cheese and sausages instead. We had a nice walk around the grounds and there is a small swimming pool and tennis court along with a pond. Overall we had somewhat low expectations after the mix-up with the other hotel, and we came away quite glad to have chosen the Menaudiere for our stay.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank BlogGrandVoyageur
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Paris, France
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14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

The Loire Valley is stunning, and this hotel is a good base for exploring it.
We stayed for a night and really enjoyed it - we were just in a standard room, but it was spacious and comfy.
You definitely need a car, as there is no restaurant on site, but Montrichard is just 5 mins drive and has a few decent restaurants and bars.
There is a small (but very pleasant) pool and a tennis court and the staff were all very helpful.
We didn't do breakfast, as it seemed quite expensive for 13 euros - I don't think it would be worth that, as it's not hot food.
There is a bar, but it wasn't open when we got back from Montrichard, which was a shame.

Overall, a nice place to stay - very comfy and very picturesque - but its a shame there is no restaurant.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank mjm50
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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

Loire Valley, so you're probably there to see the chateauxs. This is certainly part of the experience.
A real chateaux, real rooms with authentic furniture, a peace and quiet rarely found elsewhere, clean, good service and near all the sights. A gem!

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank tommyauvergne
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Kent
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2011

We stayed there as a base for exploring the Loire valley. The chateau had a decent sized room and bathroom. Friendly staff. The bed was a four poster but a bit small for me (I'm only 5 feet 11) but accommodation quite good on the whole. No evening meals mean a trip into Amboise or Montrichard every day. A car is therefore essential. Nice grounds but not a much to do or see on site, apart from the pool. Breakfast overpiced at 13 Euros per person for cereal, fruit, bread and cheese. On the whole, reasonably priced hotel and we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank theclearies
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2011

The chateau is beautiful. We arrived around 4 pm and found the door locked. However, it was soon opened and the girl on reception was pleasant and acknowledged that we had booked a ground floor room (my husband is partially disabled). However, she was less than helpful when asked to recommend restaurants in the nearest town. She didn't know of any. This is the downside of this hotel, of course - no dining room/restaurant and it's a few kilometres from Montrichard. It's a shame because the hotel is in a fabulous setting. Our room was immaculate with a four-poster bed! The only downside was the breakfast. It was a buffet and being a Sunday morning it was very busy in the dining room but there was only one member of staff trying to keep the hot water, milk, coffee and food all topped up. Consequently, people were hanging around waiting some time for these things to be replenished. It rather spoiled the beautiful setting and what should have been a calm atmosphere. They would have been better bringing your chosen beverage to your table and then letting people help themselves to the food. However, it didn't really detract from a very pleasant experience.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank IvyP
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Wellington
Level Contributor
172 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2011

this chateau has been modified to contain a number of rooms and suites. When you enter the long drivewasay, you feel like you have gone back in time. Then you see the Chateau, sitting proudly. The lobby and rooms are period and make you feel that this is how they lived in the day. The room was comfortable. The ensuite bathroom was modern. We had the continental breakfast for 13 euro. This was convenient but not exceptional. There are several floors and the lower ones fill up quickly. Hence when we got there only a top floor room (4 staircases up) was avaoilable. There is no lift so if you are travelling with an elderly companion or someone with difficulty walking, ask for a lower level room when booking. Theree is a pool, that we didn't use ut looked inviting, and a bar in the courtyard, that we also didn't use but was nice to know it was there. Room was reasonably priced at 100 euro for 2

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank SusanWellington
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Property: Chateau de la Menaudiere
Address: 144 Route d Amboise, 41400 Chissay-en-Touraine, France
Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loir-et-Cher > Chissay-en-Touraine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Chissay-en-Touraine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Chateau de la Menaudiere 3*
Number of rooms: 27
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