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“Labor of Love”
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Hotel Diderot
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Chinon
Certificate of Excellence
Minneapolis
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Labor of Love”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

It is clear that this family loves their business and their hotel. We loved being there for three nights in June. Our room was charmingly put together, the bathroom sparkling clean, and the view from our window over the courtyard was so Juliet! The furniture in Room 24 was well made, substantial and beautiful. The desk was particularly handy. The shower was large with two great showerheads. The gardens were simply lovely and a shot from our window sent on Facebook got many positive responses. We ate all our breakfasts there, yummm. Free parking 100 yards away, an easy walk to restaurants in Chinon, particularly good base for Villandry (don't miss THOSE gardens!). One of my best memories was my good bye conversation with Laurent talking France and United States. This two star is absolutely the best bargain in the Loire Valley. Thank you so much for your warm hospitality and keep jamming!

Room Tip: Loved our window overlooking the courtyard.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ron L
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LD4CHINON, Owner at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, 29 June 2014
Bonjour Linda,
You have well described your room, this is not the biggest size, but we have focuse close attention to make it as a small French cocoon... and it is one of my favorite !
thank you provide as much information about this pretty part of France, and do not hesitate to put your photo on the hotel Diderot Facebook page !
Give my regards to Minessota must be warm now !
Best regards
Laurent and all the team .
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Melbourne, Australia
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed here as a part of a self-guided bicycle tour.
Beautiful little hotel with quirky decor.
Staff were so helpful and especially entertaining at breakfast.
Had a traditional French regional breakfast of bread, goats cheese, honey and other bits and pieces.
A real pity we only stayed one night
Very comfortable beds.
Good Wi-Fi
No air conditioning but a fan was provided in the room

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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LD4CHINON, Owner at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, 29 June 2014
Bonjour Clayton,
It is true that during your bike tour, you had a lot of heat, and after the very wet and cold spring ...
We are pleased know you well safely back at home, and if you want to come back here in the gentle valée Loire, you will toujours welcome.
thank you for your attention to us.
See you soon, may be, even if Melbourne if far away !
Laurent
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Seattle, Washington
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53 reviews
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Our party of four had read about Hotel Diderot and expected it to be charming and comfortable. It was and more. We had spacious second floor rooms with two large windows-flowers in the window boxes. Breakfast was excellent with the owner, Laurent's, wide array of yummy jams. We had three wonderful nights!

Room Tip: Garden rooms were great.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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LD4CHINON, General Manager at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, 29 June 2014
Bonjour Ginny,
Martine, Françoise and myself are very pleased with your report.
You speak from the heart, and it is the heart that we thank you !
Do not hesitate to come and see us, I continued cooking berries jam because it is the season.
this morning I just finished the pineapple jam with passion fruit and mango... and it is great!
best regards, meilleurs souvenirs
Your host
Laurent
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Leven, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

We spent three nights at the Diderot and found it charming, and the staff most helpful in reserving local restaurants for us (only breakfast is served in the hotel). Delightful terrace for sitting and relaxing, and interesting garden with plants all labelled. Chinon is interesting small town with splendid fortress to visit too.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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LD4CHINON, Owner at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Cher John,
A very big thank to you for having selected our home for your stay in Chinon and for the comments you have posted on our hotel.
You are satisfied from the quality of our home and my garden, and I am happy to share this with my team.
Regarding the royal fortress, you are right to say that it deserves a visit and the city.
Best regards
Laurent the gardener.
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Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

We recently stayed here and we thought it was quite special. It is so different than our hotels in the US and gave us that European feel we were looking for in a hotel. We really enjoyed staying in Chinon and this hotel was perfectly located. The people gave us some good ideas when planning excursions so don't hesitate to ask. Enjoy the wineries that are right in town if you go.

Room Tip: Travel light. This hotel as well as others has no elevator and carrying your bags up 2 long flight o...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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LD4CHINON, Owner at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Bonjour Laurie,
It's very kind of you Laurie, for taking the time to comment your stay so kindly.
I'm sorry for the flights of stairs .... but this may be the reason why we only have two cardiologists in Chinon! this is very good for the legs and heart.
Thank you for your trust and will be very pleased to welcomming you during your next trip to France.
Pleased give my regards to Pennsylvania,
Your host
laurent
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Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We unfortunately only spent one night at this hotel, but it was one our favorites on a tour across Europe. The room was beautiful and the staff were exceedingly nice to us and my horrendous hacking at the French language. The breakfast is not to be missed. It was some of the best jam I've ever eaten.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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LD4CHINON, Owner at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, 17 June 2014
Bonsoir John,
It is a real pleasure to discover this morning your very nice comment.
This is a perfect way to start the day, I agree with everyone here, it's so nice!
We are pleased to be your icing on the cake, during your vacations in France !
Best regards
Your host
Laurent
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London, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Great little place in Chinon with secure parking. So easy to walk into town.

The rooms are quite simple but all you need, but the bathrooms are really nice! But this place has so much character and the staff are all really helpful.

I think breakfast is around 7e, but well worth it - lots of lovely different breads and an amazing selection of local jams!

Can't fault this place for the cost!

Room Tip: Book a room with a courtyard view
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank JonnyF00
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LD4CHINON, Owner at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Bonjour Jonny,
Like many people, I am proud to answer that yes we are proud of our native city, and we are happy to work here in this 15th century house, for customers as nice as you!
We will be happy to help you again during your next stay , starting with the breakfast whose exact price is 9.40 €.
A bientôt give my best regards to London
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: 26
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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