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“Perfect Base for Castle Touring.”
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Novotel Amboise
Ranked #9 of 25 Hotels in Amboise
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Aiken, South Carolina
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“Perfect Base for Castle Touring.”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

I stayed here for 2 nights on a Cosmos Tour and I liked it very much. The location is perfect-you can see the Amboise Castle right from the Hotel. Chateaux Amboise is a lovely site to visit, as well as Chateaux Chenonceaux, and it was nice to be so close to the Hotel after hours of touring these beautiful sites. Rooms were clean and comfortable, and breakfast was great. Friendly staff, and enjoyable stay.

Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

I've always been a Novotel fan from the days when room-sharing with our two boys was the most economical way to travel. Those days are over but this Novotel was perfect for our stay in Amboise as a couple. We had a lovely view from our room across the fields to the chateau and although it's a few km from the centre, we enjoyed a pleasant amble down the hill to town. The styling is modern and there's a fresh and clean feel to the place. Arriving late on the first night, the hotel restaurant dished up some decent hotel-fare without any fuss. There's no traffic noise so you can count on a good night's sleep.

Room Tip: Rooms with a view of the town are favourite - but most of them are oriented in that direction.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

I stayed at the Novotel Amboise for 2 nights from 3rd August 2013 with my wife and 16 year old son, for a visit to Vouvray and on our way to La Rochelle.
The hotel is easy to find and is very clean and modern in all areas.
Bearing in mind there were three of us, the room we were given (room 334), once my son’s sofa bed had been opened and with our luggage, there wasn’t room to swing the proverbial cat! Beds weren’t very comfortable and the view was of the car park.
The shower was excellent and like others have said, the toilet is separate from the shower room so if someone uses the loo whilst someone else is showering, they have to wait to wash their hands. The room has a safe and a mini-bar, although the contents of the mini-bar was one can of lager, one small bottle of both red and white wine and soft drinks. There was one small bottle of complimentary water. For three people! There was only enough tea/coffee sachets to make one cup of each per day and also the dreaded paper cups.
We decided to walk into Amboise (20 minutes downhill) for dinner on our first night because the receptionist gave us the card for a local taxi firm as we didn‘t want the longer walk uphill home. When we came to phone the taxi, there was no reply. My wife asked a fellow diner in the bar that we were in if she could try for us and she had no luck either. Fortunately, this diner’s husband, insisted on driving us back to the hotel, leaving his wife alone in the bar. What a lovely bloke, for driving us that is, not leaving his wife alone! I tried to offer him payment for the lift but he wouldn’t accept.
Breakfast was OK on both days but our experience in the restaurant for dinner on our second night was something else. When we were eventually shown to a table, we waited forever to be asked if we wanted a drink, then forever for the drinks to arrive, then forever to order our meals, then forever for the meals to come. When they did come, my son’s duck was very nice, but the steaks my wife and I ordered left a lot to be desired. Boot leather comes to mind. Not being one to ask for food to be sent back to the kitchen and the fact that because of the wait it was nearing 11pm, we put up with it.
The hotel has a swimming pool (freezing first thing in the morning), crazy golf, two tennis courts and gardens all of which look towards the Chateaux in Amboise. It costs 10 euros to hire tennis equipment. There’s a pool table and x-box machine in the reception area. The bar is OK but we got the impression that the hotel is badly understaffed. Would I stay there again? If, like on this occasion all the other hotels in the town were full, yes as it is a clean hotel, but I didn’t like our room and I certainly wouldn’t have dinner there.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

We stayed 3 nights at this hotel in June 25-27 ,2013. Overall experienced with this hotel was great ! Nice location, close to groceries ,fastfood restaurants and gas stations. Hotel looks new inside and out and very clean.We got a good view of Chateau d' Amboise from our room. Never had problem with customer service.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Malaysia
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We are a family of 4 (2 adults, 8 & 3 years old girls) - booked the family/quadruple room with 1 queen size bed and a sofa bed for one night stay on our quick tour down the Loire Valley.

This hotel is a good base for driving around the Loire Valley, about in the middle of the famous chateaux Chenonceau, Villandry, Chambord etc. To drive to Chenonceaux is about 20 mins, to Chambord about 45 mins, to Tours about 55 mins. This hotel has a good view of the Amboise town as well - I'm attaching some photos for review. Since the hotel is further out, it is very quiet.

The room is spacious enough for us. One good thing about the sofa bed is during the day we converted it to a sofa and the kids have ample of space to play around in the room. The queen size bed & sofa bed are comfortable enough. The pillows are soft enough for a good night sleep. The carpet & furniture are clean and well maintained. Overall room condition is good and clean. Bathroom / toilet are clean and maintained well.

The buffet breakfast is very good - plenty of different selections of food. We didn't eat at the hotel restaurant as we went to Amboise town for our meals. It's good to have your own transportation, if not it'll be quite a long walk to get to Amboise town. Amboise is a charming little town - we enjoyed walking around viewing the nice buildings and chateau.

The hotel staff is very friendly and the key personnel speaks English fluently. We have no issue with communication.

They have a very nice swimming pool. There's also a mini-golf (put-put) course in the hotel compound. The kids definitely will love this.

We only spent 2 days in Loire Valley. We were thinking of going for a ballon tour, unfortunately the ballon operator wouldn't allow our 3 years old to go along. So, we will definitely come back in the future once she's reached the minimum age for the ballon ride...and, we will be staying here again. This hotel is a good value for money - we paid EUR170 for the family room which includes breakfast for everybody.

Room Tip: request for higher rooms with the Amboise town and chataeu view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Herts, England
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Its a mile or so out of Amboise, but nice location on the hill above the town and consequently quiet. Good sized rooms, clean with aircon if needed. Excellent and generous buffet breakfast - continental style or cooked breakfast. Nice pool. The 'superior' rooms seemed the same as the basic ones, but located on the pool side. Its a chain hotel with modern rooms, but had a very pleasant stay, definitely would use it again. Easy access to a number of the Chateaux. Helpful staff with good English.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Novotel Amboise
Address: 17 rue des Sablonnieres, 37400, Amboise, France
Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Amboise
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Amboise
#8 Luxury Hotel in Amboise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel Amboise 4*
Number of rooms: 121
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern, spacious an comfortable rooms have been designed to accommodate your wishes, regardless of the reason for your stay, so that you can relax (bathtub or separate shower, comfortable sofa, flat screen television, etc...) or work (Free WIFI connection, pivoting desk, etc...). ... more   less 
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