The Hotel Mercure de Blois Centre is quite pleasant. Located by foot about five to ten minutes away from the main shopping/tourist area of Blois, the hotel is comfortable, modern, and convenient. It comes complete with fitness center, pool, bar, restaurant, and parking is located in garages beneath the hotel. The staff is attentive, multi-lingual, and friendly.
The lobby area is clean and modern with twin elevators that operate smoothly and efficiently. My room was on the third floor overlooking the Loire and bridge to the far right. The interior was spotless with minimalist furnishings and built-ins and an interesting decor of black, burnt orange, red, and beige. Black-out curtains are a convenient addition for those with jet-lag. The large bath is sumptuously tiled from floor to ceiling with gorgeous tawny pink marble, tub, and fluffy towels. The room overall was very comfortable with very good lighting in all the right places.
I had the opportunity to use the dining room for both breakfast and dinner. Both were quite good. Breakfast included the usual sliced cheese, cold meats, fruit, cereals, breads, and soft boiled eggs. In the restaurant I had what we call in the U.S... Pousson, or small chicken quarters done in a fricasee of fine herbs and cream...interesting, and very French and quite good...not all on our tour liked this menu choice.
Lastly, the location is good. Follow the river for a short distance and then head into town via the old quarter. Take the steps to the top of the city where Cathedral St-Louis is located. The church is lovely and the view is wonderful. From there, descend the grand steps to the commercial center of town. Nice shops, the Chateau Royal de Blois, good restaurants...a wonderful town. We found a wonderful restaurant behind the Chateau on 5 rue du pont du Gast called L'Hote Antique. I highly recommend both this restaurant and this lovely hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This hotel is ideally situated among the Loire chateaux and is just a 5 minute walk from the town center, the Chateau Royal and the House of Magic. Just 20 minutes from Blois, you can discover Chambord, Cheverny, Beauregard, Chaumont and its gardens. If you travel a little further (25 miles), you can visit Huan-Huan and Yuan-Zi, the giant Pandas who are the stars of Beauval zoo. On your return, relax in the "Spa" area and enjoy the comfort of your modern room. Non-reservable, paying private car park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Accor Blois Centre