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“A clean, comfortable, friendly, family owned small hotel in the heart of the Loire”
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Hotel Diderot
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Chinon
Certificate of Excellence
Northern CA
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7 reviews
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“A clean, comfortable, friendly, family owned small hotel in the heart of the Loire”
Reviewed 5 January 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Diderot this past December to celebrate the new year; my sister and my cousin and her husband met us in Chinon and stayed at the Hotel Diderot as well. The Dutheil family – Laurent, Martine and Francoise – are generous hosts who make a stay at the Hotel Diderot warm, comfortable and friendly. The hotel itself is located within a 15 minute walk of anywhere in Chinon and is a beautiful 18th century French renaissance building, evoking a stay in a large family home; the Hotel Diderot is no impersonal, cookie-cutter chain hotel. The rooms are clean, comfortable (with new flat screen TV’s and free wi-fi) and non-smoking and the breakfast room is warmed by a wood burning fireplace and replete with fresh baguettes, brioche, croissants, fruit, yogurt, goat cheese and Laurent’s deservedly famous weird, wonderful and delicious home-made jams. But beyond the hotel’s charms and the tasty breakfasts are the hosts themselves. Laurent, Martine and Francoise (and the boss, Boubi, the orange cat) are warm, friendly and helpful and will go out of their way to make sure your needs are met, whether it’s an extra pillow, a restaurant suggestion or reservation, recommendations about the best chateaux or sites to visit, the best wines of the area or a word to be translated. The Hotel Diderot is our home away from home in the Loire and we will be back.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2010

We stayed for 3 nights based on reviews we had read on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed. A charming country hotel made all the more enjoyable by the service from the staff and owners.
Deserves to be the number 1 hotel in Chinon which is also a lovely town with plenty of restaurants/bars in easy walking distance from the hotel.
Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Vienna, Virginia
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Reviewed 8 November 2010

From the moment we arrived at Hotel Diderot we felt welcomed and embraced as treasured guests. The rooms are on the smaller size, but they're very clean and comfortable. The decor offers antiques and a true picture of France. Of course, the best part of our stay involved every interaction with Laurent, Francoise, and Martine. This family knows how to offer hospitality with flair! We would recommend this hotel to all who want a charming, engaging picture of Chinon and the Loire Valley!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Tel Aviv
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Reviewed 30 October 2010

We stayed in hotel Diderot for 3 nigths and we loved it. I should say that even after checking recommandations I didn't expect so nice and good hotel. Our room was spacious and very clean with big bathroom. But I think what made our stay so pleasant was the kindness of the stuff. They are just lovely.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Valinhos, SP
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Reviewed 24 October 2010

Chinon is a perfect place to stay like a base to visit Loire valley. Diderot hotel is a wondeful family hotel, very charming, romantic, clean, a real gem in the city. The room has a great atmosphere, flat TV, good bathroom, a great breakfast with own produced jems, a must stay place. The staff is so lovelly, are the owners of the hotel providing tips on castles to visit, neighborhood and restaurants. I definitvely want to go back to Diderot.
The staff besides Franch, speaks Spanish, English and a little bit of Portuguese, as I come from Brazil was a great surprise.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sterling, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 22 October 2010

Family own hotel. Laurent and his two sisters Francoise and Martine take great pride in their hotel and in making sure you have a rememberable stay with them. Breakfast included their home made jams, yum. Also very personal, as not long after arrival you felt like family. Easy walk to town's resturants, shops. and sightseeing. Great location to travel from to see area Chateaus and wine country. We have stayed in hotels of all sizes but for those who want a small charming and comfortable hotel, this is one of the best we have stay in. We are hoping to return in the near future.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Banks, Oregon
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Reviewed 21 October 2010

We spent one night at Hotel Diderot on our way from Normandy to the Perigord. The town of Chinon is small & comfortable. The ruins of the chateau are full of history. It is a great location for visiting the rest of the Loire. The hotel is fabulous! Staff is so friendly & helpful. It is located about 2 block off the main street, so very quiet. Most rooms open onto courtyard filled with exotic plants.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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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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Also Known As:
Diderot Hotel Chinon
Hotel Diderot Chinon, France - Loire Valley

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