We stayed for 4 nights in the Hotel de la Loire whilst exploring the area in and around Sancerre. This hotel is not in Sancerre itself (that's about 4km away) but it is in a quiet location right on the Loire, in an area with a few restaurants and bars within easy walking distance.
When we booked we asked for the Louis XV or Provencale room. We were given the Coloniale, which was fine. The room itself is a good size, although a sofa and or armchairs would have been better than the spare bed. It overlooks the Loire (past the restaurants and trees across the road, but you can see the river). The bathroom is very small and the shower isn't brilliant - the shower head moves around at random if you have the water pressure at a decent level and usually ends up spraying the floor, or worse still the lights above the mirror (which didn't appear to be very well insulated!).
The bed is comfortable and the room seemed to be quiet until somebody in the room above started walking up and down at 3.00 in the morning. This wouldn't be a problem in the other first floor rooms as they don't have rooms above them.
The private car park is free and is locked at night.
Breakfast is okay, nothing special, but in a pretty room.
Of the restaurants nearby I would strongly recommend Carla's Ship, next door to the hotel. We ate there one night and had drinks on two other nights. The food is fresh and imaginative and the atmosphere is lovely and cosy. Carla herself is very friendly and helpful.
I would definitely not recommend the Bord de Loire restaurant across the road. The food was okay but the service was awful. We did see the owner (possibly) talking to two French couples and being very chatty and friendly. The lady who served us, however, could not have been less friendly. Everything was almost thrown down in front of us, with no grace and certainly no trace of a smile.
For a cheap, typically French meal, try Le Petit Berry, a bar/cafe with fixed price menus.
We didn't manage to try L'Auberge de St Thibault, although we heard it was good and wished that we had gone there instead of Bord de Loire.
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