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“Book well ahead if you want to stay here” 5 of 5 stars
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6 quai Francois Tissard, 37400 Amboise, France   |  
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Ranked #6 of 22 Amboise B&B and Inns
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“Book well ahead if you want to stay here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

The website is http://www.laportebleueamboise.fr/
At the moment Chantalle says she is booked up six months in advance. We came here on the recommendation of a friend and were lucky to get a two night window - the only time available for several months - we would have stayed longer if we could.
We stayed in 'the loft' which was lovely. It has great views of the Loire river, the Chateau Amboise and the bridge. It is very comfortable and spacious with fully equipped kitchen and access to laundry facilities. The weekly rate is very reasonable, 440 Euro weekly for mid-season, but you do need to plan ahead as stated above.
Definitely recommended

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chantal S, Propriétaire at La Porte Bleue, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
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Merci Lisa et Nigel, it's lovely !
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We rented the main floor of La Porte Bleue for 1 week in April. We had a wonderful stay, thanks to the very warm welcome and generous hospitality from Chantal. The apartment was immaculately clean, comfortable, very tastefully decorated and equipped, secure, and terrifically situated with unforgettable views. Amboise and environs is a wonderful place to visit, made all the better to have a great place to come home to make our own dinners and be 'at home'. We took advantage of many historic and other attractions without having a car, and we were lucky to have Chantal as a tour guide for one lovely and unforgettable day. We would certainly recommend to others and will return ourselves when we are in that area.
Thank you very much Chantal!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

La Porte Bleue is well positioned in Amboise to all this beautiful village has to offer and the greater Loire Valley region. Chantel is a delightful host, even picked us up at the station which was lovely. She ensures you have all the information you need to make the best of your time in the region. The apartment had good amenities, we had the loft with two bedrooms and my only feedback would be that the beds are a little low and hard. We easily walked to the shops and town for supplies each day and sightseeing and even managed to venture further afield without a car. The local tourist office are helpful with details on getting around to sights even beyond Amboise. The view is absolutely as described to enjoy Chateau Amboise changing colours of the day and night as the light comes and goes across the day. We would recommend this as great base to explore the Loire Valley and to be well hosted with Chantel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chantal S, Propriétaire at La Porte Bleue, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Merci pour cet avis très aimable et constructif.
Je pensais à changer les lits du gîte, votre avis me conforte donc dans ce projet. Ce sera pour très bientôt. Un grand merci à vous, Chantal

Thank you for this very kind and constructive comment.
I thought of changing beds, your opinion thus consolidate in this project. I will buy new beds soon.
Thank you very much ! Chantal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

Perfect location for touring the area.
Easy to get in and out of Amboise, easy to park the car, easy to walk everywhere in Amboise.
Very comfortable accommodation with good bed, nice kitchenware, and gorgeous view of the castle. Chantal is a fine ambassador for the Loire Valley.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

We stayed in the loft, which had two bedrooms as well as the living area and bathroom. The place was very clean and spacious. Chantal gave us a lovely welcome, and provided us with plenty of information to get us started. It was an easy walk to the shops to get provisions, and lovely and quiet at night on the island. Plenty of free parking on the island too. Probably the only downside was that the internet wasn't working while we were there, but Chantal kindly offered for us to pop across to her house whenever we needed the internet. A great place to use as a base while exploring the Loire Valley.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

La Porte Bleue is located in a prime spot in the Loire Valley in Amboise. It is right on the river and has a direct view of Château d'Amboise (the castle). I stayed on the bottom floor which was perfect. It's nicely decorated, warm and charming. I loved it! It is an easy walk to the centre where shops, cafes, etc are located. The da Vinci house is within walking distance and of course the castle. I was even able to walk from the Amboise train station to La Porte Bleue with no problem. So a car really isn't necessary if your plan is to be in Amboise.

Madame Chantal is wonderful! She is really sweet and was so helpful in providing everything you need...(i.e. linens, iPod speaker system, books, kitchen, serve-ware, WI-FI). I was able to go to the market and prepare some meals at the house. By the way, there's a great market day in Amboise--Saturdays or Sundays if I'm not mistaken. Madame Chantal has bicycles available along with maps for bike routes which I would highly recommend a bicycle ride during your stay because it's so lovely. I rode to Château Chenonceaux which was great! Just a heads-up...there are some hills along the way so you may want to do some cardio training before you do that route :-) But you pass alot of vineyards which is cool and the scenery is great. Madame Chantal even welcomed with a warm heart my little yorkie, Zoë which was really sweet :-)

La Porte Bleue is great and I would definitely stay again!

Room Tip: If traveling with a pet, I recommend the 1st floor which is convenient when you have to let him/ her...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

We had a wonderful stay at La Porte Bleue in Amboise.
Chantal was a delight and we found her information book helpful
and full of insightful comments -where to eat what to eat ...
The property is quiet and we were upstairs and could not hear
the family of 5 downstairs at all...It was in walking distance to everything
we had a rental car and plenty of FREE parking was available.

we enjoyed it tremendously and were quite sad to leave our little nest
to go to the big smoke of Paris...

if we were to return to the Loire we would not hesitate to rent again...

Room Tip: upstairs had two separate bedrooms-we needed because we both snore and it was fine we could not hear...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6 quai Francois Tissard, 37400 Amboise, France
Location: France > Centre > Loire Valley > Amboise
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #6 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Amboise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3

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