I was not in Chartres at Le Parvis for a hotel experience - I was there to spend one and one half days in the Cathedral which makes Le Parvis the perfect choice because it is right next to the Cathedral - I mean really next to it, 20 meters away maybe? Eat the good food from the hotel restaurant on the terrace and you are directly under the north tower. Look out the windows of the hotel and you are staring at the Cathedral. Why would one stay anywhere else?!
But let's discuss the hotel anyway.
Are we sure this hotel isn't haunted - it should be because it has all the necessary ingredients: charm, age, history, strange corners, odd stairways and multiple 'caves'. Be prepared for a quirky place - I though of my grandmother's house. Be prepared for out-of-the-ordinary rooms: my room has french doors from the tiny hallway, they had a key but I suspect you could have blown the door open with a light sneeze. The door to the toilet had to be forced across the bulge in the floor; the shower wouldn't drain because of the bulge in that floor. The blackout curtains were 'sort of' effective. The room had two electric outlets that I could locate - I travel with four devices that need to be charged. The room itself, though generous in space was oddly designed and there may have been a closet but the door was blocked by the bed so I don't know.
The bed was ok, I have had better and worse. There was a couch, but with no closet and no other place for the suitcase, that's where the suitcase went so you couldn't sit on it. Then why would you, nothing to look at as the tv was awkwardly placed. Lighting was bad, though you could stretch and call it mood lighting. The lamp over the bed was non-functional because you had to unplug it to use the outlet for charging your Apple products. The bathroom was somewhat functional, but please, I am 5'10" and my toes barely touched the floor when using the toilet, get a better wc for heaven's sake.
There is wifi, but the signal is weak and don't count much on successful video streaming.
You get a breakfast, French continental style; if you get the nice guy in the morning you get yogurt and a smile with that breakfast as well; you get the other guy, well, ok, you get some bread cheese meat slices and apricot jam and little else. The coffee is terrible but this is France - they don't know how to make good coffee.
I ate lunch at the hotel, very pleasant, decent wine with lunch. I had dinner out but did have une glacé one evening which was also tasty with a nice wine.
If I return to Chartres I might check my hotel options next time; but I would still lean towards Le Parvis simply because it has the location nailed. And you can slip into bed within minutes of watching the really fun Cathedral light show right next door, I mean really right next door.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Parvis offers you an accomodation in Bed and Breakfast straight in front of the Chartres Cathedral, in the very historical heart of the city. Our bedrooms are equipped with every element essential to your comfort. Their charm and the top-quality service provided have been ackowledged by all our guests. Come and discover our unique Bed and Breakfast !Bed and Breakfast, charming rooms. Top-quality accomodation. You can almost touch the cathedral from the window of your room. Air-conditionning. Breakfast included. Parking offered. Wifi in the bedrooms. ... more less
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