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Hotel Diderot
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Chinon
Certificate of Excellence
Central Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“As nice as I can imagine”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

The Hôtel Diderot ranks among the nicest places I ever have stayed. "Clean and comfortable" could describe almost any U.S. chain hotel, but Diderot is far better. The owners/managers are incredibly nice and helpful, the setting is convenient and access to it by car or foot is easy, and breakfast in the common room (the weather was cool while we were there, and an open fire was burning in the fireplace) was excellent. My only regret is that we did not allocate more of our time in France for a longer stay in Chinon and at Hôtel Diderot. We hope to return!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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LD4CHINON, Owner at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Chère Ami de la Pennsylvanie,
It is always difficult to organize the trip from the other side of the planette, even if Internet facilitates things.
Now that you've tasted in this beautiful part of the Loire Valley, we will be proud of your returns.
Of course, we will keep, which makes the richness of this home : You and the kindness of all our visitors !
Best regards
Laurent
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Lovely hotel and would certainly stay again. Breakfast is excellent & somewhat unique with up to 50 varieties of jam. It would be great if a set dinner could be offered as there would be plenty of takers. Very comfortable rooms & beds and modern bathrooms. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, 26 April 2014
Merci beaucoup Georges,
This is another greedy, who gets caught in the game of tasting !
While the reputation of our breakfast "à la Française" is established, but you enjoyed all the rest and we are happy.
So it is with pleasure that I share with my staff your comment.
Alors à bientôt
Laurent
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

On Friday April 11th, we stayed at the Hotel Diderot in Chinon with 7 people including two kids. Our time was perfect, the reception from the start and the hospitality was exceptional. we arrived late and the staff was able to make a reservation for dinner and old a table for us. The owner make his own fruit jam for breakfast, unbelievable. I will recommend this hotel also for their rates and quality of the room. All bathroom in the rooms are completely new and perfectly remolded. This is the best experience we had in our trip this year.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, 26 April 2014
Bonjour Franck,
Delighted to have replied to your expectations, and how not to take pleasure in welcoming such a nice family.
I hope you will not wait 10 years to come back to see your favorite winemakers.
Greeting to all your family.
Best regards
Laurent, Martine et Francoise.
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Playa Del Carmen
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Hotel Diderot is a wonderful hotel! Laurent, Francoise and Martine are wonderfully gracious, kind and helpful. Breakfasts are delicious!! The hotel is charming. The rooms are pretty and very quiet. We stayed 2 nights and didn't want to leave. If you are in Chinon stay at Hotel Diderot!

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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, 24 April 2014
William Bonjour,
How do you not to be happy after your comment?
We are delighted to have responded to your expectations, and then, with clients so nice, it's very natural!
See you very soon to Chinon, for even more fun !
Your Host
Laurent
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Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

From start to finish our stay at Hotel Diderot was nothing short of amazing! We were greeted by friendly staff who were full of knowledge on the area and willing to help in any way they could. The room was charming and clean with an awesome view of the gardens out the window and the bathroom was modern and immaculate with a huge bath!
Breakfast was an absolute winner, the homemade jams were exquisite! I recommend mirabelles and fig l'oranges.
We particularly enjoyed coming back to the hotel and drinking the local wines from their bar in the sunny garden area. I would definitely recommend this hotel as a must for any traveller planning a trip to Chinon.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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LD4CHINON, Owner at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Bonsoir Jenna,
What a pleasure to read your report! and the picture is great, but now the white roses to your window, which were in bud are all open now!
I hope the rest of your holiday in France went well.
It was a pleasure to meet you, your enjoyment of life, your sympathy.
Say hello to Sydney and Parramatta road from me!
thank you very much from all of us.
Laurent
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College Park, Maryland
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

What a wonderful little hotel! Quaint, charming, comfortable, great location, excellent hosts...what more could you want? My sister, 15-year-old niece, and I spent two nights at Hotel Diderot in late March and wish we could have stayed longer.

Atmosphere and comfort are equally important to me, and Hotel Diderot did not disappoint in either. Our recently refurbished rooms were charming, and the small private bar and breakfast room (located in the 14th-century, lower level of the hotel) were equally attractive. The breads, brioche, and croissants at breakfast were delicious...and made even more memorable by the astounding array of homemade jams.

The location was great...just a short walk from Fortress Chinon and several nice restaurants.

Hosts Laurent, Martine, and Francoise were friendly, helpful, and happy to offer advice on things to do and places to see. And Boubi, the handsome resident cat, makes a handsome mascot...even if he does prefer to be admired from afar.

I hope to return to the Loire someday, and if I do, I will definitely stay at Hotel Diderot.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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LD4CHINON, Owner at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Allison,
You're back at home after a few weeks in France ...
You liked all our house, and all our services. It is with pleasure that I share your comments with my team, including our boss Boubi the cat our mascot !!!
Of course we will be happy to welcoming you again in the valley of the Loire.
Best regards
Martine, Francoise and Laurent
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

This beautiful little hotel surpassed my already high expectations. We travelled with our 13 year old daughter who stayed in the room next to ours per our request. Both our rooms were decorated tastefully and both had newly renovated bathrooms which was a real treat. The public areas of the hotel were also a delight with exposed beams and a log fire in the breakfast room. Breakfast was such a treat with yoghurt, fruit, coffee/tea/hot chocolate, croissants, baguette and breads and of course the famous jams made by Laurent. Everything was delicious, we needed many more days to try even more of the many varieties of the jams. We were lucky enough to be able to park inside the hotel grounds but the alternative parking is very nearby. The hotel itself is located a very easy walk to a number of restaurants and of course the fortress. Chinon is so worth a visit as a base to drive around the region and also for the many places to visit in the medieval town itself. We look forward to coming back to the Diderot as we were made to feel so welcomed by Laurent, Françoise and Martine and their staff.

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LD4CHINON, Owner at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Cher Jane, Peter and your nice daughter
Only greedy, gourmands, can write a report like your's and it represents half of your comment! !!!
Thank you for trusting us for your accommodation in Chinon, I hope your trip was a success in Europe.
Merci beaucoup and may be see you soon in Chinon or Singapore!
Your host
Laurent
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Property: Hotel Diderot
Address: 4 rue de Buffon, 37500, Chinon, France
Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Chinon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Chinon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Diderot 2*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally situated in the heart of old Chinon, nestled in the quiet and historic neighborhood of the Saint Mexme collegiate church, Hotel Diderot welcomes you into a 15th century limestone mansion, restructured in the 17th and 19th centuries. Hotel Diderot is famous for its marvelous breakfasts, offering a dizzying selection of homemade jams, delicious French breads, brioche and croissants, locally produced fresh goat cheese, honey and fruit juice. Close to the fireplace in autumn, or on the shaded terrace as soon as the warm weather arrives, the first meal of the day must be as unforgettable as the night that preceded it. Gluten-free breakfast available on request. Here you will find peace and tranquility ; you will experience the warm hospitality of a " tourangelle " residence, in the land of Renaissance writer Francois Rabelais, amidst the splendid vineyards of the Val de Loire, the landscape dotted with magnificent castles and unique gardens. ... more   less 
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Hotel Diderot Chinon, France - Loire Valley

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