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.
- 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