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Best Western Hotel De France
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Chinon
Chichester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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“More like a Travel lodge!”
Reviewed 24 September 2012

We stayed one night on our trip around France. Room small, given remote control on arrival!
Had to ask for Wi Fi details, very chilly in rooms so had to ask for heating to be turned on, glad we did! We had booked a comfort bigger room so what the smaller ones were like I dread to think.
We asked for a table for dinner inside but were put outside, gave up after a quick desert,
frozen!
Parking was booked and organised, but, pay 9 Euros for it and you can park for less outside!
Breakfast good but very cramped as the hotel mainly caters for trippers who cycle from place to place. Not one for a romantic stay! The staff helpful and speak good English although I try to speak French where possible.
Having used many Best Westerns in France, and paid the same rate I would not go back.
Chinon I have been to many times before but is suffering the same problems as the rest of the World recession.
We did find the Guinness bar. excellent!

Room Tip: Take ear plugs! You have street cleaners at night and can hear all the loos flushing!
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Shropshire, England
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

Good position and room overlooking the square. No lift so have to haul luggage up the stairs.. Parking on site.Very friendly staff. Breakfast was OK. Chinon itself was a bit disappointing and needs some investment and promotion.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

After 2 nights in Paris we hired a car and headed for Chinon. the Hotel de France was friendly and welcoming and patient with the creaky French (their English was excellent). Room was stunning very big and comfortable but could have been in any Best Western anywhere.. No tea/coffee making facilities but kettle, cups etc provided with a smile on request. Food in restaurant excellent but do book as it can get very busy and they were turning people away on our second evening (the actual anniversary) - lovely Cremant de Loire by the glass and the pichets of local wine good value. Go for the Menu du jour - at 15 euros excellent value. Room was a little warm and because windows opened into the courtyard and were regularly passed by other guests it was very difficult to have them open over night. A fan helped but was a bit noisy. Breakfast was lovely and served in the courtyard. We would return.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2012

We arrived without a booking to see if they had a Room. They didn't......but they did offer us a nice Apartment next to the Hotel which was just the job for us. Breakfast in the Hotel was included in the price so it was fair for what we paid.
We didn't eat Dinner in the Hotel but at a Restaurant around the corner which I have reviewed separately.
To anyone reading this my general advice must be to avoid Chinon if you can. When it's raining it is absolutely miserable....when the Sun shines it is a little better......but only a little! We won't be returning to this outpost in France.....

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

I got a room on the 2nd floor, the location's excellent. View's amazing which I think every hotel in Chinon can claim as it'[s a scenic place in itself. The Rooms are very small, leave very little space for walking too. Practical hotel , if you're for a few days. The hotel doe'nt have any elevators so carrying luggage is like climbing mount everest if you are staying on the 2nd floor.

Room Tip: No elevators hence be careful. Rooms are very small.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

The Hotel de France is a mixed bag. On the up side: it's located right on the main square where all the action is, offers parking for an extra charge, has a nice terrace where you can hang out, and has a charming mish-mash of old architectural features in the public spaces (exposed half-timbering and the like). On the down side: the rooms and their furnishing are totally boring. Breakfast was very good. .

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony overlooking the square. You get a great view of the chateau as well as...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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New England
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

I had stayed here before and loved it but this trip was different. While the Hotel de France is in a perfect location in the main square of Chinon, it has no elevator, so you are likely to be climbing many flights of winding stairs with your luggage. It is in a beautiful old 16th C. house with tapestried walls and the rooms are very nice.

The really big turn off happened at check in. We were a group of five and wanted to leave our luggage off before going to the castle. That was fine, but when we were led up to the rooms, the person at the desk left the card keys on the dressers without telling us (we had been told some of the rooms were not ready so no one asked for the card key). When we returned that afternoon and asked for the card keys, a young woman now at the desk rather angrily told us we already had them. She insisted we were wrong, and it became quite unpleasant. Later that evening, when the older woman appeared with her, things were cleared up. There is no reason ever to treat guests like the young woman did, and I had the sense when we saw her again she got a lesson in hospitality.

Still it gave me pause about staying there again, especially as my joints are getting older an walking up many flights of stairs is difficult. Still, the hotel is charming in its furnishings and decor.

Room Tip: Ask for one with a castle view.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Property: Best Western Hotel De France
Address: 47, 49 Place Du General De Gaulle, 37500, Chinon, France
Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Chinon
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Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Hotel De France 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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