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Grand St-Michel

At a Glance

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

Grand St-Michel Review

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is grandly set across the lawn from Chambord's fabled château and offers a cozy lobby, solidly bourgeois if slightly outdated guest rooms, and a 19th-century-flavored restaurant, splendidly set with mounted deer heads, majolica serving platters, and thick curtains.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

    Hotel Details

  • 40 rooms.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Closed mid-Nov.–mid-Dec., and a few days at end of January.
Updated: 03-24-2013

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