Fodor's Expert Review Le Grand Monarque
1 rue du Château, Azay-le-Rideau, Centre-Val de Loire, 37190, France
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 (closed Monday from mid-October to December and mid-February to April; no dinner Sunday) serves high-style food and boasts one of the region's most extensive wine lists, with more than 700 choices.
- fine restaurant with large wine list
- town-center setting
- free Wi-Fi
- some rooms need redecorating
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Feb., No meals