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Hotel de France
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Loches
Reviewed 17 September 2013

We've been irregular visitors of this hotel for years and we love it. It has the insouciant faded elegance of an aristocratic aunt. The accommodation is quirky - if you want a set standard, maybe choose somewhere else. Here, you go with the flow or, in the case of the stableblock rooms, up the crumbly little steps. The service, like the hotel, is individual; staff are polite and respond to you each in their own way. We arrived much later than stated and thoughtlessly hadn't telephoned ahead but this didn't affect our treatment (as far as we were aware). The evening meal was very, very good and made memorable by the little extras. It was lovely to sit out in the old courtyard in the warmth of a summer night. The breakfast, though average in content, seemed ahead in quality, compared to other hotels we stayed at this time.
When I stay at this hotel, I know I'm on holiday in France. Enjoy.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

There are two parts to this hotel: the old building, and a kind of new-build extension. We booked approx. six weeks in advance and were a party of two couples. One couple were given a comfortable room in the main part of the building (which, incidentally, is elegant, clean and stylish).

Unfortunately, our room was NOT in the old building and was accessed from outside, up a staircase. This was not a promising start. It reminded me of a Butlins chalet or a South London council block (or worse - the Bates Motel, whose rooms are memorably accessed by doors opening to the outside).

Once in (and we had to walk down a narrow alley past other doors), the door gave way to a dark, lino-floored room in which there was a wardrobe, and shower. Taking up most of the floor space was a wooden laminate staircase leading up to a strange mezzanine, in which there was barely room for our bags, the wardrobe being downstairs in any case. Next to the bed was a weird toilet in an unventilated cubby space with no window or wash-hand basin. The only window was a tilting skylight set into the sloping ceiling - which was also the roof. This ceiling / roof was only a few feet from the bed. The room was tiny and decorated in oppressive navy wallpaper. It was instantly obvious to us that we would not sleep well at all in a small bed, in a tiny room with little flow of air. Clearly, any kind of had baggage or luggage would need to be kept on the lower floor.

I consider myself to be fairly relaxed and I am not a particularly fussy or discerning traveller, yet I had to draw the line at this room. If I were the duty manager, I would be embarrassed to have to show people to accommodation like this. The room was awful in every way. A quick visit to the Office de Tourisme revealed a local B&B with vacancies and we spent the night there instead, as there was no possibility of staying in this room.

To be fair to the hotel, they were understanding about our wish not to stay in this room (I'm sure it can't be the first time) and did not charge us for the booking which had been made well in advance. The hotel was reasonable and didn't make a fuss.

However, the experience was disappointing. The booking was made well in advance, so I don't understand why we couldn't have been accommodated within the proper hotel building. It also meant we were separated from our friends (who, incidentally, were very happy with their stay).

If you are thinking of staying at this hotel, my advice would be to say that you definitely want a room in the handsome old building. Don't consider a room in the extension - you will regret it and be sorely disappointed.

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Reviewed 19 June 2013

We arrived at 3.30pm to find a notice on the door stating that the reception would not be open until 5.00pm. We had not been informed of this in advance. The restaurant was also closed. The "welcome" was appalling! The couple appeared to have had an argument and took out their bad temper on clients checking in. The instructions to find the secure car park were not clear. We had booked room 12 (which I think was the one referred to by Turista-Inglesa) but were given room 9 - with no explanation. The bathroom was not clean and the shower head was completely disgusting! I had to shower with my eyes closed. The shabby room smelled of cheap pot-pourri but the main part of the hotel was very nice. The breakfast was fine and the host was apologetic about the change of room and did not charge us for the car park. Maybe something unfortunate had happened to this couple the day before but it was a most unprofessional way to greet guests.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

Though rooms are in need of a spruce up ,they were clean and comfortable.The bathroom ( Rm 16 ) was very small as was the separate toilet. Due to the weather we were unable to take advantage of the courtyard. The staff were pleasant.The food was wonderful.The beer was expensive ( 4 Euro ). Breakfast was good as was the dining room , Secure parking, which you will have to drive through the public car park to find.( metal sliding gate).

Room Tip: I can only comment on Rm 16, overlooking the courtyard it was quiet,BUT might be noisy when it is in...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2013 via mobile

Escaped the rain to find this smashing hotel via the tourist office in Loches.

Right in the centre with on site parking.

Traditional, comfortable and spacious rooms.

Very nice and filling breakfast.

Would not hesitate to recommend.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

It's a lovely old building, well sited for visiting the town, and the open-air market.

The staff were very friendly, and in the morning when we went to pay they pointed out that my husband had had a coffee, but no food, and I had eaten, but not had anything to drink, so they reckoned that we had had only one breakfast between the two of us, and just charged us for one.

Never had that happen before!

But the room . . .

Last redecorated in the sixties. Probably the bedding and towels had been bought then too. It was a funny room, because there was a sort of lobby with a bathroom and then you went upstairs to the bedroom with a lavatory next door. A lavatory where you could not stand up . . . the same low ceiling was present also in the bedroom at one end.

Obviously been servants' quarters in the 19th century.

What can you say about it?

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

Very welcome find on our way up the autoroute from the south. Charming hosts who were very helpful re the parking of the car in the hotel car park showing endless patience with tired and thick brits that we were! Lovely quirky atmospheric hotel which had an interesting menu in the restaurant. We had a room at the front with a little balcony which was great for an drink and a chocolate cake from the chocolatier next door! Very comfortable room and lovely fresh linen on the bed. We are early risers so the fact that it was market day in the morning did not bother us at all and we watched the sunrise with the market traders!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 6 rue Picois, 37600, Loches, France
Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Loches
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Loches
Price Range: £83 - £85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel de France 2*
Number of rooms: 19
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