My husband and I showed up at this hotel in lovely Amboise on bicycles. I'm not sure, but we may have been the first bicyclists to stay here. While everyone in France bikes, few of them stay in 4 or 5 star hotels. So it's always interesting to see how we will be received when we arrive at a residence as nice as Le Pavillon des Lys.
We actually did find one of the staff to be somewhat reserved, but as we spoke further, we discovered this to be due more to the French nature than to any attempt to be rude or unaccommodating. Le Pavillion des Lys is totally French, not an English bed and breakfast. So if you are looking for a lovely French inn within easy walking distance of every attraction in the beautiful town of Amboise, look no further than Le Pavillon des Lys.
With only 7 rooms available in this gorgeous 18th century residence, we were happy to get a room during the very busy August season. Our standard room was very large by European standards, with a king size bed, huge old-fashioned tub, and a bathroom window overlooking Amboise castle. The internet service was great, and our room was much less expensive than other top Tripadvisor choices in Amboise. Le Pavillon des Lys is located in the old quarter of Amboise, and is surrounded on all sides by half-timbered buildings. It is a 2-3 minute walk to the main pedestrian area, yet the residence itself is a quiet oasis with a great outside terrace and indoor sitting room. Parking is available within the gates.
The highlight of our stay was dinner on the terrace, surrounded by trees and overshadowed by the majestic Amboise castle. The candle lit terrace was nothing less than magical, and the food was inspired. Amboise-born chef Sebastien Begouin's price fixe seven course menu was definitely a highlight of a trip full of spectacular dinners. Each course was a visual and taste surprise; food combinations that were unexpected, but so perfect. The icing on the cake so to speak was the last course which was a tasting of seven different desserts. At a price of 39 Euros/person, this was one of the most memorable meals of our trip.
If you are looking for a very special stay in an authentic French residence within an easy walk of shops and attractions in Amboise, look no further than Le Pavillon des Lys.
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