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“Nice hotel in the centre of lovely town”

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Best Western Hotel De France
Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Chinon
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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“Nice hotel in the centre of lovely town”
Reviewed 31 May 2013

Chinon was almost randomly selected as a place to stay on part of a tour of France and I am very glad we found it. It's a lovely small town with an interesting medieval old town, a historic castle overlooking the town and a beautiful situation on the banks of the Vienne (a major tributary of the Loire).

The hotel was selected based on reviews here and on other booking sites. It is right on the main square of the town so is excellently located to explore on food. The buildings are quite old and there are no lifts so if you have mobilities issues it might not be ideal but otherwise that adds charm. We had one of their best rooms and were not disappointed - it was spacious, well decorated in a slightly old fashioned style that felt appropriate for the building. Everything worked (never a foregone conclusion in hotels) although at one point the power to lights and sockets went out possibly due to some renovation work they are having done. This was remedied pretty quickly although perhaps without the sense of urgency some might hope for.

The service was friendly and helpful but I did not get the impression there are a lot of excess staff so things might take a little longer than some would like.

The hotel has its own parking garage to the rear for which there is an extra charge. There is also a public car park next door as well although this did seem to be full most of the time but it does obviate the need to pay the extra charge if you are very price sensitive and willing to wait for a space.

Breakfast is included in the rates which is a good thing. I get really fed up with hotels that offer low headline room rates then sting you for upwards of €15 or €20 pp for breakfast. It's a typical French buffet of breads, conserves, cheese, ham and eggs.

All in all I found this a charming place in a delightful town.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

Old building, pleasantly updated with a great setting overlooking the lovely town square. Glimpses of the Fortress and very easy to get to the Fortress.

Very welcoming and helpful staff, although a shame that the staff in the hotel bistrot didn't reach the same standard.

The Chapeau Rouge next to the hotel is outstanding.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2013

We stayed for one night as part of our six day tour of the Loire Valley. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. Our room which looked out on the square was comfortable, warm and appropriately equipped. The staff were very friendly and indeed taught me some new French words which was very helpful. Next door to the hotel was a very pleasant restaurant where we enjoyed a lovely meal. THe breakfast was also very good. The hotel has a car park and it is literally yards away from the lift which takes you up to the Chinon Castle. The town of Chinon was very atmospheric and contained loads of old medieval buildings. There was also an excellent market on the day we left Chinon. Finally the hotel was very easy to find and we would have no hesitation in returning.

Room Tip: The rooms at the front have a good view of the square and were very quiet as well.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

My wife and I stayed in a suite at the Best Western Hotel de France located on a pleasant square in Chinon. The square was quite popular with tourists and locals alike. We sat in this square on two different days while having wine and enjoying the people watching opportunities. The hotel is charming and relatively small with only 30 rooms and it is located within sight of the Chateau de Chinon which is within easy walking distance. The suite we stayed in was very attractive and comfortable and upon entering for the first time Susan said that the feel of the room was very romantic and I had to agree. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was spacious and well appointed. However, we never had the opportunity to sit in the room’s quaint separated sitting area due to always being on the move to see more and more of the town and the surrounding countryside.
The first night that we stayed at the hotel we made reservations to eat at their restaurant. Upon arrival at the restaurant that evening we were guided to a very nice table and the service was excellent. We both had a pork dish that was very good. My main course was preceded by a tasty plate of escargot while Susan had a very good asparagus soup. We were both more than satisfied with our meals.
The last but point that I’ll address is the hotel parking which is located beneath the hotel on the backside of the building. The entrance to this parking area is extremely narrow and once inside the parking spaces are even tighter. The receptionist comes to the parking area and directs you as to where to park (it’s that tight). It’s a good thing to have a small car, which we didn’t have as we were driving a rather large rented Mercedes. However, the mere fact that the hotel provided parking is a plus.
I would highly recommend staying in this beautiful old town if you’re considering exploring the Loire Valley Chateaux and the Best Western Hotel de France is a good place to hang your hat for a couple of days.

Room Tip: The suites are terrific
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

Very charming, old hotel. The building is about 300-400 years old, but they have renovated it nicely. Be aware -- they don't seem to assign you to a room until you arrive. The higher the floor, the cheaper the rooms are. However, we were travelling with an elderly person and they had no rooms available on the lowest floor (still a walk upstairs.) The stairs can be steep and there is NO ELEVATOR.
The restaurant in the hotel is very nice and one of the better places in town to eat.

Room Tip: If you don't like stairs, try to secure a room on a lower floor. Though right on a square, the...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 October 2012

staff was very friendly, breakfast OK (quick & simple), Room was small - (we ordered a less expensive room). Good location - right on a small open public square with restaurants & bars nearby. no A/C. Parking is available in the hotel (about 10 euro/night) or in nearby public lots.
Nice walking in the area around the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dungannon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

I recently operated a 7 day painting holiday for 11 painters in the Loire Valley. The base for the holiday was the wonderful Hotel De France in Chinon. The hotel has a great position in the town and our rooms overlooked the quaint square. Breakfast was good as was the restaurant and the evening special menu was very good value. The staff at the Hotel de France were friendly, welcoming and very patient (their English was excellent). Rooms were very comfortable, I will return again with several groups next year.

  • Stayed September 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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Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Chinon
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Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Hotel De France 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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