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Hotel Le Manoir les Minimes
Ranked #1 of 25 Hotels in Amboise
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Our favorite hotel in France”
Reviewed 17 August 2010

We stayed here during our honeymoon and it was our favorite hotel during our trip to France. The room was spacious and the bed was the the most comfortable of the four hotels we stayed at. The location is great -- a short walk to the chateau and to Da Vinci's final home. This is a great place and we highly recommend it. Say hi to the dog that is always sleeping near the reception desk. And have dinner at L'Alliance if you have a chance.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2010

I'm surprised no one else has commented on this -- lovely place but we stayed on the first floor and the bugs were horrendous. We kept our doors closed at all times -- came back from a day in Amboise and there were bugs everywhere! I think either the hotel staff or someone left the windows open. It took us an hour to kill all the gnats and just when we thought we killed them all --- all night long, they were on our faces and in our beds. I could not believe how many bugs were flying around for the amount of money we spent on this stay. Overall, nice --- but the bugs are enough reason we would NEVER stay there again!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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eric66Amboise, Propriétaire at Hotel Le Manoir les Minimes, responded to this review, 17 August 2010
Dear Sir,

Your are surprised that nobody commented the hotel about the bugs, but it’s normal because all people who are staying at Le Manoir Les Minimes have the information at the check-in and on the bed there is also a note to inform them as follows :

The hotel is located right beside the Loire River, it means, that some days, there are many insects. Your room has air conditioning, so we advise you not to leave the windows open the night with the light.

We are fully booked every day during high season and it’s only your room, that night, who complains...

You returned from the restaurant before 11 p.m., you asked at the reception some information to planning your next day for Chenonceau. You came back to the reception at 11:30 p.m. to inform the receptionist that you had bugs in your room.

We didn’t know why there were so many insects in your room this night but why somebody foreigner to your room or someone from the staff hotel opened your windows while you were out…?

Seamlessly, to inform tripadvisor’s member you'd also have to write that you don’t spend all night in that room, front desk rebooked at 11.45 pm for you a room in another hotel of the city. We negotiated for you 50% discount on the price of the room.

You could also write that you could not pay for your room at Le Manoir Les Minimes... and that we did maximum to try the best way for your comfort.

Patrice LONGET
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Norway
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Reviewed 1 August 2010

We visited the Manoir les Minimes 3 years ago, and was looking forward to returning this summer. We stayed for 3 nights and were not disappointed. This time we had a loft room with beautiful view of the river and Amboise castle. It was spacious, clean and charming.

The hotel location is excellent; very close to the center of Amboise (but quiet), and with easy access to all the Loire castles. There is free parking on the premises. All public areas has elegance and atmosphere; have a look at the photos on their website.

Last but not least, we must mention the charming guys behind the front desk! Always helpful, attentive and smiling. Finally, we love Olga, the sleepy hotel dog!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Berkshire, UK
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Reviewed 21 July 2010

We had a room in the main house and it was great - well proportioned and a good temperature with the air con. All recently decorated and very tasteful. Pierre (the manager) is so helpful with suggestions of what to do and where to eat. He seems to judge very well what different people like and is keen to follow up as to what you thought so he can tailor his future recommendations.

Why can't all hotels be this good!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2010

This is the second time we have visited Le Manoir Minimes, this time we went with friends. We stayed in the cottage across from the main house. This was very nice and we welcomed the air conditioning as it was very hot. All the facilities are of a high standard but you pay for every extra. We were charged 2 Euros for ice for the room. The receptionist was nice and friendly but everyone is very business like and you feel like you are in a corporate hotel rather than a homely hotel. I think things could be a bit more lay back, especially at breakfast. This was charged at 15 Euros pp and you got croissants, bread and jam. Lovely place but watch the extras.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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eric66Amboise, Propriétaire at Hotel Le Manoir les Minimes, responded to this review, 16 July 2010
We thank you for your comment and for your confidence and interest that you showed us for your second stay in Le Manoir Les Minimes.
However your comment is restrictive, breakfast price is 13 Euro per person and not 15 € as mentioned.
This price including choice of hot drinks, café, 6 choice of tea, chocolate and assortment of infusion, fresh juices fruits orange or grapefruit, cereal, muesli, dried fruits apricot, prune and tropical fruit, fresh season fruits, croissant, pain au chocolat and fresh baguette from the best Amboise bakery.
We have also the choice of 6 marmalades and honey, ham, hard eggs, choice of cheeses and assortments of natural yoghurt and with fruits, butter, rice pudding, and home made apple sauce.
And the last precision than we want to make this breakfast served on a table topped with linen cloth and porcelain dishes and silver.
We tried to make your stay unique and that guest feels comfortable here like at home we are working every day on this way.
We are very sorry that you felt like in a corporate place, it is not our feeling. We believe that if the guest requests some room service, like breakfast, drinks, laundry… it must be charged. Ice is free when it is served with hotel’s drinks, we do have a bar and waiter to serve the guest, but in your case you request a room service ice to drink your own drinks…
Best regards
Patrice LONGET
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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed 10 July 2010

We were a group of five couples visiting the Loire Valley and stayed five nights at Manoir les Minimes. Let me address the negative first--the 2nd. floor (French) rooms are, first of all, up a lot of stairs and, second, really attic-eaves type rooms. They are well equipped, authentically wood beamed and very charming but rather small. Our room had one not really large window but with spectacular views of the Loire and its bridge as well as of Amboise Castle. Some of our friends' rooms were smaller and some had a less fabulous view. I would strongly urge visitors to pay the difference for a large first floor room. That having been said, the hotel is very well equipped and offers all the amenities one would wish of a four star hotel. The public rooms are beautiful, the outdoor patio nice and breakfasts are excellent. The hotel is spotlessly clean and well maintained. The staff is friendly and generally very helpful. Occasionally when only one person is around, that person can become somewhat overwhelmed and unable to give time to one's inquiries or requests.
Amboise is a lovely town with lots of charm, nice shops and very good restaurants. We went for a hot air balloon ride and I would heartily recommend it. The front desk will be happy to make arrangements for the experience and even called us on our cell to confirm that he was able to accommodate our time schedule, etc.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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san jose, ca
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Reviewed 7 July 2010

We totally enjoyed our stay at Hotel Le Manoir les Minimes in Amboise, France. From our reception to our checkout, the staff was professional and helpful. The bottom floor of the main house is mostly open to guests to use for afternoon drinks or using the free WiFi. Our room was not in the main house which I was kind of sad about, but it turned out to be a wonderful room that was spacious and quiet. The amenities were top notch. We have no complaints!
All staff members we met were quite helpful, but most of our staff interaction was with Pierre and he was just awesome! He seemed to do everything from guest check-in, make dinner reservations for guests, serve guests wine or drinks in the parlor to watering the lawn. Always busy with something but never too busy to stop and greet us or help us.
It doesn't get much better than Le Manoir les Minimes. I would definitely go back!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Le Manoir les Minimes
Address: 34 quai Charles Guinot, 37400, Amboise, France
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Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Amboise
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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#1 Romantic Hotel in Amboise
#1 Family Hotel in Amboise
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Le Manoir les Minimes 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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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