The first room we were offered for our reservation, was absolutely unacceptable, old fashioned youth hostel style! We got a slightly better room, on the 5th floor right under the attic. Therefore, the ceiling was sloped in the room as well as the bathroom with very little headroom in places. That was not the worst: no airco and very hot right on the top floor and no fans available either. The staff however, was very friendly and hardworking.
Some problems simply could not be solved, such as the heat and the VERY noisy traffic just outside the front of the hotel. It started early in the morning before dawn, with everything from noisy trucks to motorcycles and cars in one neverending stream. The back of the hotel was a very nice setup, with (unused) tenniscourts, a large patio and extensive garden. At night, we heard strange noises even there: they were whistling frogs! Never heard of such creatures before, and we never saw them either but heard them loud and clear each night.
The restaurant was surprisingly upscale, in sharp contrast to the rooms which were mediocre at best. Some rooms were renovated, and better than others however.
Prices at the restaurant also reflected the upscale atmosphere, and not a very extensive menu for dinner. The food was excellent though, although expensive. The buffet breakfast (which was included in our stay) was absolutely great!
So although the pictures of the hotel we had seen (and made ourselves) show a country setting, nothing is further from the truth as it is right beside a main road into Tours, city centre.
Indeed there are a lot of tour groups visiting this hotel, but they are not a problem.
We used the hotel as a starting point for visiting a lot of castles in the Loire Valley, which are beautiful. Too bad we were so tired after 4 nights of hardly sleeping due to the noise and heat.
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