The Loire Valley Hotels



Best Western Hôtel de France

At a Glance


  • good-value restaurant
  • free parking at night


  • small guest rooms/bathrooms
  • no elevator

Best Western Hôtel de France Review

Right on Chinon's most charming square—a picture postcard come to life with splashing fountain and a bevy of cafés—stands this sweetly agreeable inn, with comfortable and cozy wood-beam guest rooms, that has been housing guests since 1577. Many regional notables lived here before the Revolution, when it became the Hôtel Lion d'Or, the first hostelry in the region. Some rooms overlook two tiny, flowerpot-bedecked courtyards, while others take in views that include Chinon's fortress. The restaurant, Au Chapeau Rouge (closed Monday and no dinner Sunday), serves regional cuisine, and there's also a brasserie for cheaper snacks.

    Hotel Details

  • 30 rooms.
  • Rate includes some meals.
  • Closed Nov. and Feb.
Updated: 03-24-2013

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