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Hotel Le Blason
Ranked #16 of 25 Hotels in Amboise
Reviewed 3 April 2011

The rooms and bathrooms especially are small, but the hotel's great rate and service more than make up for it. The room was clean and the bed comfortable, and the building itself is very interesting and charming with it's half timbered walls. The location is In easy walking to distance to the chateau in Ambois plus the Clos du Luc and da Vinci park, and some good restaurants and shops. Would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed: March 2011
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8  Thank KMJ315
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Reviewed 6 November 2010

Recommendation in Lonely Planet guide was spot on. New owners on site - very helpful.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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7  Thank melbourneros
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Reviewed 23 August 2010

We stayed here on our first and last nights of a cycling holiday with our two teenage sons. We booked through a tour operator and were allocated this hotel. We requested one twin and a double for both nights. The twin room on each night was fine in terms of space but the double on our first night was tiny. There was no room to swing a kitten, let alone a cat, and only one of us could move around at one time. We asked to move but they were full, so there was nothing else available. We were put in a much nicer and larger room on our last night but it was still not that big for two people. we could both stand up at once though.
This is classed as a two star hotel and does not pretend to be much more than it is. The beds are comfortable, there is a small cupboard area and some drawers in each room, but not suited to unpacking a weeks worth of clothes and staying the week. The ensuites are showers and wc and like you get on board ship/ posh cruise ferries. I was half expecting a vacuum flush on the wc! That said, it was perfectly functional with towels, toiletries and good lighting. Wash bags needed to be placed on the WC seat while at the basin. The rooms were clean and the beds were comfy with spare blankets and pillow.
Breakfast was a simple continental affair with croissants, bread, coffee, fruit juice, yoghurts and fruit. all served in the breakfast room. There is no on-site restaurant for other meals. There is plenty of tourist info in the lobby and free internet access on the PC in the lobby. The staff were very helpful and obliging, speak good english and were able to assist with a lost Nintendo DS charger.
They have their own private parking for guests in a locked garage just around the corner that is also used for bicycles. This hotel is very popular with people on bike tours of the Loire valley so be prepared for lycra shorts and helmets in the morning.
This is very much "a bed for the night" place rather than one to stop for long at. It is well placed for the centre of Amboise and all its sights. There is no Aircon so it can be hot in the summer and noisy with windows open, as it is in the town centre. Would I stay here again? Probably not. I would prefer to pay more and have more comfort and aircon.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

I should have known when I walked in and the lobby looked like a youth hostel! Tiny winding staircase to a tiny room with rafters that will decapitate you if you get up in the middle of the night to find the coverted closet to bathroom. Just the worst ever........we left and went to Orleans.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Roamglobe
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

This hotel is nice, clean and simple in the ‘downtown’ area of Amboise. Parking is easy, and the staff was helpful and courteous. The lobby has a free computer and some printed info on sights in the Loire. My room was very clean but simple. Amboise is a cute town with some nice restaurants, cafes and a few bars. It is very well located to see some of the best chateaux’s in the Loire Valley. I went to see Chenonceau and Chambord.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled solo
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3  Thank lapope
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Reviewed 17 June 2010

We spent two nights in Amboise to see chateaux, etc in the Loire Valley. There seemed to be romantic, atmospheric places that were super-pricey, and plastic chain hotels, without much in between. We swallowed hard and booked the Blason, based in the limited info we could find.

The Blason was a pleasant surpise - rooms are basic, but clean and comfy. There is a decent breakfast room downstairs. One computer in the lobby for guest use. It's easy walking to both the Chateau de Amboise, and the Clos de Luce (Lenny da Vinci's last digs), and to the main shopping street and the main restaurants street.

The place was built in 1490 - see the picture - and has a certain charm on that basis. (But mucho stairs.) It's family-run, so don't look for the add-on services you get in a chain, just friendliness. It was just right as a base for us culture vultures, as we swooped around the Loire Valley, sniffing out cultural roadkill. .

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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2  Thank rollingstoneman
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Reviewed 23 January 2010

My husband and I had a double room and our young adult daughter and her friend had a twin on the top floor. We found the hotel charming - granted there was no lift but that's not uncommon in France in these very old places probably because of space factors (it was built around late 1400s)

Our rooms were clean and comfortable. The bathrooms were small but adequate and the charming timber beams and oddly shaped rooms compensated for the slight inconveniences (IMO).

It's very close to town and the in a convenient location.

I would prefer to stay somewhere a little bit quirky and with some slight inconveniences rather than a homogenized chain like Best Western.

Would I stay there again? Yes.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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Address: 11 Place Richelieu, 37400, Amboise, France
Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Amboise
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 25 Hotels in Amboise
Price Range: £59 - £81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Le Blason 2*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the centre of town, 900 feet from The "Chateau Royal" and of Leonardo Da Vinci's house, Le Blason welcomes you in a fine XV and XVII century house. Our 25 rooms are all fully equipped with bathroom (shower), private toilets, telephone and flat tv screen. We provide private and secure car park and free internet access in the lobby or in your room (wifi). ... more   less 
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