We booked this hotel due to its tripadvisor rating, as we had 2 days in Chartres as part of a longer trip.
This is a very good "old guard" hotel. The service and personnel were top notch. Parking is not obvious and they helped us with how and where to park, and with bringing bags for the entire family from down the block to the hotel. Further, there was a problem with our booking (almost certainly the travel agent) and they bent over backwards to help us. It could have been stressful and it was resolutely not.
The hotel is perfectly situated. We parked our car in the underground lot (useful but expensive) and walked to everything. We were very happy about this.
But...what about the elevator, you say?
Answer: it's ancient and the noise it creates was astounding. In the elevator, it was akin to being in the engine room of a diesel ferry (yes, I have done that). In our room, it was not so much loud as a minor earthquake. We could see ripples in our water glasses. We probably should have asked to change rooms, but we knew the hotel had a big corporate event on site so it might not be possible.
However, here's the tip: rooms by the elevator shaft (300, 200, and nearby rooms on the 3rd and 2nd floors) are earplug or noise cancellation headphone rooms. We did talk to the front desk and it was clear that they were painfully aware of the situation and said there were plans to replace the elevator. Until then - avoid those rooms!
Thus, with a new elevator, 5 stars, or rather circles.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Monarque Hotel situated in an ancient private historical building just where the pedestrian-only streets commence, is the ideal base for visiting the famous cathedral and the historical town centre of Chartres. Once in the entrance hall we discover a comfortable and elegant ambiance : you are in a gastronomical establishment of great renown. 55 rooms and apartments are at your disposition. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Le Grand Monarque Hotel Chartres
- Best Western Hotel Chartres
- Best Western Chartres
- Chartres Best Western