Château de Pray

Rue du Cèdre, 4 km (2 miles) east of Amboise, Chargé, 37530, France

Like a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, this hotel keeps purring along, decade after decade, offering many delights: a romantic twin-tower château, a Loire River vista, tranquil guest rooms (four of the less expensive are in a charming "Pavillon Renaissance"), and an excellent restaurant. Fifty years ago Loire Valley guidebooks praised this domain, and things have only gotten better. Chef Frédéric Brisset's Michelin-starred restaurant is set in two salons, one in Charles-Dix golds, the other lighted with chandeliers and stained-glass windows, lined with tapestries, and spectacularly centered around a neo-Gothic, sculpted-wood fireplace. Be sure to reserve in advance.

PROS

  • marvelous setting
  • superlative restaurant
  • open year-round

CONS

  • service can be haughty
  • no bar

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -02–47–57–23–67

HOTEL DETAILS

17 rooms, 2 suites
Rate Includes: Some meals

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