Fodor's Expert Review Les Hautes Roches

86 quai de la Loire, 5 km (3 miles) east of Tours, Rochecorbon, Centre-Val de Loire, 37210, France

Far from their original role as monastic cells and even further from the Flintstone-influenced idea of cave dwellings, these luxe-troglodyte lodgings—with their limestone walls, Louis Treize seating, rich fabrics, carved fireplaces, gas lamps, finished marble steps, and riverside setting—are the epitome of quiet luxury amid the soothing elements of stone and water. The 12 cave rooms benefit from large windows and naturally cool temperatures, even in summer. Some guests prefer the three rooms in the regular house—no cave-dwelling drama, but exquisitely comfortable and air-conditioned. The Michelin-starred restaurant, with an enchanting terrace, offers elegant fare and overlooks the lovely pool. A favored country residence for rich Parisians, Rochecorbon is a treat (once off the main traffic road), thanks to its pretty town center.

PROS

  • unique troglodyte setting
  • river views
  • fabulous gourmet restaurant with terrace

CONS

  • apprentice-style service
  • busy road (hidden by shrubs) in front of hotel

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Intimate
Countryside
Local Flavor
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -02–47–52–88–88

HOTEL DETAILS

14 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Feb.–Mar., No meals

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