Home to one of France's most beauteous châteaux, Azay should rightly have a hotel that befits the town jewel and this landmark—a three-minute walk from the château gates—nicely fits the bill. Some complain that its fame brings a captive audience, which can result in offhand service. However, guest rooms, which vary in size and style, have character; most are simple, with an antique or two, and many have exposed beams (the largest is called "The Monsoreau"). Public
salons are elegant and comfortable, while the restaurant (no dinner Sunday; closed Monday from mid-October to December and mid-February to April) serves high-style food and boasts one of the region's most extensive wine lists, with more than 700 choices.