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Hostellerie Gargantua

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73 rue Haute Saint Maurice, 37500 Chinon, France
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Hostellerie Gargantua
Ranked #6 of 16 hotels in Chinon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    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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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although we reserved our room long before our visit, our room on the top floor was stiflingly hot; none of the windows had been opened to air the room. Although the 15th century hostellerie was spacious and charming, with comfortable beds and a good breakfast, it was difficult to enjoy due to the heat.There was not even a fan. The... More

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed for 5 nights in July. The hotel is very well located and the room was very clean, comfortable and fairly quiet. The staff were friendly although sometimes a little elusive. Breakfast was pretty basic but then petit dejeuner in France often is, although it wasn't cheap. The hotel is very 'characterful' and we had a spacious room. It's... More

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Houston, Texas, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Stayed in this hotel for two nights while on a visit to the Loire valley. The hotel is located in the old part of Chinon. The pluses are a nice, helpful staff, reasonable prices, and close location to many interesting parts of the city. I stayed on the top floor. There are no elevators, so you have to bring your... More

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Atascadero, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

It has been a year since we spent 4 nights in Chinon at this lovely spot and am finally reviewing it. Our stay was perfect, the hotel being central to the ancient city and to those precise spots so crucial to the history of The Maid, Joan of Arc. The room was comfortable and the turret room provided a great... More

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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
7 helpful votes 7 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
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181 reviews 181 reviews
90 hotel reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
39 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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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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Address: 73 rue Haute Saint Maurice, 37500 Chinon, France
Location: France > Centre > Loire Valley > Chinon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Hostellerie Gargantua Chinon, France - Loire Valley
Hostellerie Gargantua Hotel Chinon

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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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