Chinon was almost randomly selected as a place to stay on part of a tour of France and I am very glad we found it. It's a lovely small town with an interesting medieval old town, a historic castle overlooking the town and a beautiful situation on the banks of the Vienne (a major tributary of the Loire).
The hotel was selected based on reviews here and on other booking sites. It is right on the main square of the town so is excellently located to explore on food. The buildings are quite old and there are no lifts so if you have mobilities issues it might not be ideal but otherwise that adds charm. We had one of their best rooms and were not disappointed - it was spacious, well decorated in a slightly old fashioned style that felt appropriate for the building. Everything worked (never a foregone conclusion in hotels) although at one point the power to lights and sockets went out possibly due to some renovation work they are having done. This was remedied pretty quickly although perhaps without the sense of urgency some might hope for.
The service was friendly and helpful but I did not get the impression there are a lot of excess staff so things might take a little longer than some would like.
The hotel has its own parking garage to the rear for which there is an extra charge. There is also a public car park next door as well although this did seem to be full most of the time but it does obviate the need to pay the extra charge if you are very price sensitive and willing to wait for a space.
Breakfast is included in the rates which is a good thing. I get really fed up with hotels that offer low headline room rates then sting you for upwards of €15 or €20 pp for breakfast. It's a typical French buffet of breads, conserves, cheese, ham and eggs.
All in all I found this a charming place in a delightful town.
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