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Hostellerie Gargantua

73 rue Haute Saint Maurice, 37500 Chinon, France
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Hostellerie Gargantua
Ranked #7 of 17 hotels in Chinon
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Paris, France
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We stayed in this hotel on october 19th for two nights. Lucky to book our rom, Hotel was full. Wonderful medieval experience in this 15th century building. Our bedroom was clean with a four poster bed and a nice view to the fortress. Staff is really kindly and helpfull. Highly recommand, we will come back !

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HotelGargantua, Propriétaire at Hostellerie Gargantua, responded to this review

Dear Sir, Thank you very much for your nice comment. We are really happy you had a nice stay in the Hostellerie gargantua. We are waiting to see you again. Best regards. More

Round Rock, Texas
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I have never written a review but honestly feel the need to warm people not to stay here. It was creepy! Although Olivier and the other staff member there were friendly, we never saw another guest there the whole time we stayed. It is dark and damp and feels it's age (1520) without much upkeep. When we first walked in... More

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HotelGargantua, Propriétaire at Hostellerie Gargantua, responded to this review

Dear Madam Amber S., How made you to go into the hotel ? Very easy, you were able to join me without any difficulty. Why don't you say it ? ( A transfer of call on the mobile phone of the owner is activated from the closure of the reception ). Indeed, we give an access code to the hotel... More

Farnham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
90 hotel reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is a special place to stay. As previous reviewers have highlighted - not luxurious or overly smart and not for the less mobile. However, if looking for an atmospheric, historic hotel in the centre of Chinon this is ideal. The owners were welcoming and helpful, the room spacious and comfortable and the price for the room was very reasonable... More

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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

That was a great family experience, in this historic hotel in the very center of Chinon. Do not expect an outstanding standard of comfort (average bathroom and no air conditionning) but we loved the authenticity of the building at least of the XV century. We had a nice bedroom for 4 (the Pantagruel room) with a little adjacent room in... More

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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

The Hostellerie Gargantua is one of the most atmospheric hotels we stayed at during our recent trip to France. Its positives are a great location in the middle of Chinon, a picturesque building and large rooms (particularly the Grangousier Room). The downsides are that there are no lifts and thus luggage has to be carried up the spiral staircase, the... More

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Cambridge
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32 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

The Hostellerie Gargantua is very well situated, on one of Chinon’s picturesque old streets, near the chateau, and within easy reach of many restaurants, shops and cafes. Turrets, a stone spiral staircase, tapestries and paintings give the hotel plenty of character, and the bedrooms are pleasant too. Our children had a standard twin bedded room, which was absolutely fine, although... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

The Grangousier room was very spacious and full of character. The room and bathroom was spotless. The location was perfect. The owners went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that we had a great visit in the Chinon area. This hotel is a real gem!

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VANCOUVER
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

We loved this place - It's curling staircase - Big room - 4 poster bed -Great view - We even had our own turret room - Great for a writer!!!!!! Of course the location in magical old Chinon didn't hurt either. The proprietor was charming and down to earth. We would have stayed longer but felt lucky to have found... More

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OlivierMinot, Propriétaire at Hostellerie Gargantua, responded to this review

Dear Madam, Dear Sir, Thank you very much for your nice comment on trip advisor. The team and me are really happy you had a nice stay with us. Best regards, Olivier. More

Falls Church, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

We stayed in Gargamelle's room, at the top of a winding and uneven ancient spiral staircase. It certainly had character and we loved it, but also quite a climb with luggage. The room didn't have much of a view standing up, but laying down in the bed I could see half of the fortress' clocktower. You cannot beat the combination... More

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HotelGargantua, Propriétaire at Hostellerie Gargantua, responded to this review

I regret that your stay did not give you total satisfaction and thanks you for having indicated me different inconvenience on Trip Advisor. About our pastries, I am going to bring a particular attention to the quality of those. I wished however specified that all the windows of our rooms have curtain. In your room, this one is integrated into... More

Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed here in September 2012 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were all lovely and helpful, especially Valerie who was so cheerful and lively. The hotel is in a central location, the rooms are clean and comfortable, and the restaurant downstairs serves delicious food :-) I would definitely stay here again.

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Additional Information about Hostellerie Gargantua

Also Known As:
Hostellerie Gargantua Chinon
Hostellerie Gargantua Hotel Chinon
Hostellerie Gargantua Chinon, France - Loire Valley
Address: 73 rue Haute Saint Maurice, 37500 Chinon, France
Location: France > Centre > Loire Valley > Chinon
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Chinon
#3 Romantic Hotel in Chinon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the most picturesque road in the heart of Old Chinon and at the foot of the Chinon catsle the Hostellerie Gargantua has taken residence in the former Bailiwicks Palace dating back to the XVth Century which is renowned for having heard the famous plea given by the father of the French author François Rabelais.Situated 1 kilometre from the Chinon train station, and at walking distance from the town center. You may discover the historrical town on foot. ... more   less 

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