Grand St-Michel

Pl. St-Louis, Chambord, 41250, France

A revamped hunting lodge right out of the pages of a Flaubert novel grandly sits across the lawn from Chambord's fabled château. Its lobby is cozy and its guest rooms solidly bourgeois if slightly outdated; they once boasted fabled views of the palace, but towering oak trees now block it from all but two—Room No. 5 has the best view. A 19th-century-flavored restaurant, splendidly set with mounted deer heads, majolica serving platters, and thick curtains, offers hearty local fare (including deer pâté, pumpkin soup, and game in fall) at attractive prices; there's also a delightfully leafy terrace café facing the château.

PROS

  • wondrous location opposite Chambord
  • impressive, good-value restaurant
  • free parking

CONS

  • creeky hallways
  • old-fashioned decor
  • staff can be rather cold

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -02–54–20–31–31

HOTEL DETAILS

40 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed 2nd wk of Dec. and last 2 wks of Jan. Breakfast

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