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“So attractively French, lovely room, beautiful courtyard and jams to die for!”
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Hotel Diderot
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Chinon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 July 2009

We found the Hotel Diderot to be comfortable and charming. If you want the features (and blandness) of a big city, multinational hotel chain, then the Hotel Diderot is not for you. However, if you want simple charm, friendly service, beautiful surroundings (and the best jams imaginable), then it is for you. Our room, in the block adjacent to the courtyard, was simple, light and airy, and of reasonable size for a French hotel. The Diderot is a great base for exporing this part of the Loire and there are plenty of very reasonable resaurants and cafes in Chinon to eat in the evening. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the selection of home-made jams at breakfast simply astounding. (unusually for French hotels they could even cope with my gluten free requirements at breakfast).
We would not hesitate to stay there again - but booking in advance is VERY advisable, as it is extremely popular.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 May 2009

We stayed one night. the welcome was gracious and efficient. Breakfast surrounded by all that jam was first class. Excellent location for chateau visiting in the area. This is not a 5 star hotel with elevators and 24/7 service but then it was a 15th century priests house. Rooms are individual and there are ground level ones for those who don't want to tackle stairs.
Thoroughly recommended , we would stay again and for longer. Next time maybe the cat will talk to us. Merci Laurent and your staff.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2009

This is a classic case of the people making the difference. From the moment you arrive at Hotel Diderot(and are met and greeted in the courtyard!), you are made to feel like the most important guests staying there!
We stayed in the main building which is just beauitful and found our room to be so relaxing and comfortable. The bathroom is perfectly big enough....(great shower with lots of hot water!)
We took our bikes and the hosts could not have been more helpful in recommending various tours.
In addition, every night, they would recommend restaurants for us to try local fare and rang ahead to check availability for us.
..and then there is the jam!.....You will never see so many different flavours and they are all just scrummy when loaded onto fresh bread and croissants.
We would thoroughly recommend Hotel Diderot. It is amazing value....far more than 2 star

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 April 2009

Two girlfriends and I enjoyed a quick getaway to the Loire Valley and the Hotel Diderot was the accomodation highlight of the trip! Francoise and the rest of the staff were very kind and accomodating... couldn't have asked for anything more. The room was spacious and well kept and breakfast by the roaring fire was a treat! They have a multitude of homemade jams (that were delicious!) as well as fresh chevre with walnuts and honey to slather on your baguette.... delicious! Chinon is a lovely town and I look forward to returning to the Diderot!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 April 2009

My husband and I stayed here in March on our honeymoon. We planned to just stay over only one night but we loved the hotel and town so much we decided to stay for 3 nights! The rooms are simple but lovely. There are different size rooms... as you would expect in a house. The first night we stayed in a smaller room but wanting a bit more space we moved for the next 2 nights to a larger room overlooking the drive and it was perfect. It was only 10 Euros more per night and I think that was a steal! The location is perfect just a short walk to shops and restaurants. The town was quaint and perfect for a relaxing weekend. We spent a couple of days sitting outside cute cafes in the sun and enoying reading and drinking wine in the courtyard in front of the hotel surrounded by beautiful flowers and a lazy cat. Perhaps one of my favorite things about the hotel is that they make their own jams and each morning there is an amazing selection of homemade breads and jams. I must have tried 30 different jam combinations! Yum!!
I highly reccomend making a stop over at the Hotel Diderot.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 December 2008

As Christmas and the cold weather approach us here in Virginia, my wife and I are reminded of our lovely stay at the Hotel Diderot, Chinon, France, in warm mid-May of this year. Traveling on a tour of provincial France with a small, congenial group with Odysseys Unlimited, we enjoyed the ancient city of Chinon and the charming Hotel Diderot.
The 17th century mansion, set within a graveled courtyard at the end of a quiet street near the Place Jeanne d'Arc, is a beautiful old building with roses and other plants enclosing the flagged terrace at the entrance.
We enjoyed a very comfortable room for two nights, with a delicious breakfast each morning of excellent pastries, a generous offering of a variety of homemade preserves, hot coffee or tea, even goat cheese and walnuts!
The friendly hosts spoke excellent English, and politely humored our "fractured French." We enjoyed wine on the terrace in the late afternoons, and received excellent recommendations for local restaurants.
All in all, we had a memorable visit, and plan to return privately to Chinon, and another stay at the Hotel Diderot!

  • Stayed: May 2008
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Reviewed 22 October 2008

We stayed her two evenings as part of a biking trip and had a fantastic time. The three owners are siblings who share their great knowledge of wine, food, french culture willingly and made the stay outstanding. The variety of preserves that are made from flowers and fruits in the garden are amazing and delicious.
This is a great spot if you want to experience the beauty of the Chinon region. Its very special and we would return in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: September 2008
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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: £66 - £69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Diderot 3*
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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Also Known As:
Diderot Hotel Chinon
Hotel Diderot Chinon, France - Loire Valley

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