Despite having read some really good reviews, this hotel surpassed our expectations. We stayed for 2 nights enroute to Honfleur from Ile D'Oleron (after staying also at Pont Aven, Brittany) and before we arrived in Brugge. All our destinations turned out to be jewels in a crown of jewels - with this hotel and Amboise being absolutely sparkling.
We stayed in a traditional room - which had old beams, a spacious bedroom, beautiful bathroom complete with slippers and gowns and separate wc. Our view was great - looking over the river and the castle.
The staff were extremely helpful, eager to please and make reservations - which is a must should you wish to eat at the best places in town. (I recommend the L'Epicerie on the busy street next to the castle - the food was perfection, even the escargots which I plucked up courage to order. And La Scala, a really great Italian! )
I must stress that we thought the breakfast was excellent value for money (and that is from a Yorkshire person). There were cold meats, boiled eggs, yoghurts, fresh and dried fruits, cereals, pureed fruit to start with, fruit juice, cheeses, creamed rice, breads, preserves, and even bananas. With the usual selection of tea, coffee and chocolate - and thats all I can remember. The breakfast room was extremely elegant, and spacious and we ate there both days.
A perfect location, with secure parking (free) and well just lovely. We visited the Clos Luce which again I recommend. We have saved the castle until next time as there definitely will be another visit planned - possibly enroute to Millau next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This authentic 18th century Manor house was built on the foundations of the ancient medieval Monastery des Minimes and is situated in proximity of the old town. It is the ideal place from which to explore the chateaux and vineyards of Loire Valley. The selected stopping place offers its visitors comfort "a la francaise", a harmonious blend of sophistication and intimacy, whilst affording glorious views of the Chateau Royal d'Amboise and the river Loire. Air-conditioned rooms. No restaurant. Private enclosed parking ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Manoir Les Minimes Hotel