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“Wonderful stay in Chinon” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Diderot
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4 Rue de Buffon, 37500 Chinon, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Chinon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
near Chicago
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6 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful stay in Chinon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We spent two nights here at the Hotel Diderot in July (with a Rick Steves tour group) and the stay could not have been any nicer. We were in room 6, which was a clean and neat room, with one window facing out into the courtyard. The beds were very comfy and the room was quiet at night. The staff was warm and friendly, and the breakfasts we enjoyed were wonderful, with the delicious yogurt, fresh fruit, warm croissants, and the assortment of homemade jams. The gorgeous, flower & plant filled courtyard was a lovely spot to sit for a few minutes and just relax before we were off on our busy days. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
Madame, Monsieur
Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments following your stay with us. It is with great pleasure that we receive your compliments and we share your comments with our team. Your satisfaction is our greatest reward.
Waiting to welcome you again here in Chinon, the little paradise.
Your host
Laurent
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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32 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

This hotel has a very interesting decor and the best lighting of any hotel we stayed at in France. The bathroom was particularly decorative. We had a ground floor room so we had noise from the courtyard, but that was more the fault of the noisy guests rather than the hotel. The room itself was adequate. The staff was very friendly and pleasant. The breakfast was good and the food plentiful and the staff went out of their way to make it a pleasant experience. They specialize in breads and many different kinds of preserves. They also featured fresh fruit, juices and goat cheese with walnuts and honey.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Madame, Monsieur Chers clients
Thank you very much for your comment, we will certainly share your comments with our team, who for ten years has been working our side, so to hold and elevate the colors of this 2 star hotel.

Thank you, because your satisfaction makes us feel better.
We hope to see you in the futur here in Chinon
Best regards
Laurent

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We spent one night at Hotel Diderot and were very impressed. The service was friendly and professional. The hotel was beautifully cared for, inside and out. Our room was lovely, overlooking the courtyard garden, and the bed very comfortable. The bathroom was immaculate. We were able to park in the courtyard and were happy to pay the 7 euro fee. We enjoyed being able to sit outside with a glass of wine in the early evening and relax after a long day`s drive. The town and all it`s amenities are on the doorstep so it was no effort to find a restaurant. Breakfast was great. We really couldn`t have asked for anything more from a hotel. It was excellent value for money and we would definitely use it again.

  • Stayed September 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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LD4CHINON, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Chere Madame, Cher Monsieur,
We are happy that you got had a good stay here with us.
Our house is a family hotel, traditional French and old fashion.
We will be happy to welcome you during your next visit to Chinon, and share again those moments of happiness with you
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Hout Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Myself, my son and his partner stayed at Hotel Diderot for 4 nights in August 2012. It is a wonderful place, the staff, especially Laurent, are wonderful, the breakfast great and the jam is just to good to describe.It is certainly the best value for money hotel that I have come across in all my travels and I will be back!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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LD4CHINON, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Dear Joy
As I am glad that you liked our hotel, even if you had the smallest room in the hotel, and your son, one of the largest, the result, you have felt our house,our atmosphere of a provincial house of the 15th century, transformed into a family hotellerie.
Of course, you will always be welcome, Francoise, Martine, and our team will be happy to see you again.
Many thanks, see you very soon, South Africa is so close!
Your host
Laurent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We are getting ready to leave Hotel Diderot, even as I type this review, and I hate to go! What a lovely place! We were in Room 15, which is on the first floor, but actually the second level. It has a lovely view of the courtyard which is filled with flowers and fruit trees. We have spent several days in Paris and took a little side trip down here to the Loire Valley for two days. It's nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and see the French countryside.

Our room is charming and comfortable, with everything one could need. I was surprised by how complete the amenities are! The bathroom is completely redone and modernized with a great rainshower shower head (a bit confusing at first to figure out), a towel warmer, and a separate room for the toilet. There is a breakfast room and a small bar in the entrance. We sat and enjoyed drinks at the bar, along with the hotel cat who was curled up in the chair next to us, before exploring the village in the evening.

We had breakfast and it was as delicious as everyone has described. I tried as many of the homemade jams as I could! The staff was warm and helpful and very welcoming.

It's a little difficult to find if you follow GPS or googlemaps, but we eventually did find it. There is signage if you look for it and the town is small. The hotel itself is situated right in the middle of the old town area, which is absolutely worth exploring its quiet cobblestone streets with a mish-mash of medieval to 18th century buildings. Make sure to walk out on the bridge over the river at night to see the fortress/castle lit up. There are also some interesting wine caves to explore and several good places to eat in the village. (All seem to open around 7:30 pm and fill up quickly.)

We paid for the parking--7 euros seems cheap compared to the $15-30 one often has to pay in many US hotels. We had a rental car and liked the gated lot and easy access. It wasn't at all crowded, so it was very easy.

I would highly recommend this charming hotel and village to anyone traveling through this region of France!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Dear Madame, Monsieur,
Thank you for your very detailed comments, to your stay in our house. It is with great pleasure that we receive your compliments, This is the result of 10 years of the work of a family, a team, we'll be sure to share your comments with them.
Thank you, because your satisfaction is our greatest reward.
See you very soon, the pleasure of welcoming you again in our home.
Your host
Laurent
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We booked an overnight stay on the strength of the Trip Advisor reviews and were not disappointed. We stayed in a garden room which had recently been upgraded - really fresh colours and spotlessly clean. Really cool despite the warm temperature outside.

The breakfast was great - yes we had the home-made jam (well not all - that was impossible)

I thought the hotel was great value for money. We paid the car park charge - my personal view is that this should just be incuded in the price, then nobody would bother about the cost.

I had studied the map for the location of the hotel, but it was still difficult to locate, particularly with the market stalls on the car park obscuring the local signs! Just a stroll into town, which was fairly quiet at night and a small selection of bars and restaurants.

  • Stayed September 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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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Madame, Monsieur,
Thank you for your very nice comment on your stay with us.
I am glad that you enjoyed your room, our breakfast at the French, local produce ... and of course our jams ... 60 different fragrances ...
We look forward to seeing you in Chinon, next year maybe next year.
Your host
Laurent
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Winchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

We like the Diderot very much. The highlight is the breakfast with Laurent's outstanding home-made jams. Absolutely delicious. We were in Room 20, but because I am disabled we felt that the bathroom could have had more rails to make it disabled friendly. It would not be difficult to put them in. We were disappointed that the one disabled room was already taken Otherwise everything was fine. The staff were excellent, especially Laurent himself.

Room Tip: More disabled facilities would be a big improvement
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LD4CHINON, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Dear custumers
Thank you for your loyalty, because this is your second visit with us, and we noted that it needed more grab bar in the shower and toilet.
In fact we have a fully equipped room, but this one was reserved since a very long time, for a old couple with assistant walker.
For jams, I am very touched that for you, they are outsantding!
We look forward to your next visit, to share good times together.
Your host
Laurent
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Address: 4 Rue de Buffon, 37500 Chinon, France
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Location: France > Centre > Loire Valley > Chinon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Chinon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Diderot 2*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally situated in the heart of old Chinon, nestled in the quiet and historic neighborhood of the Saint Mexme collegiate church, Hotel Diderot welcomes you into a 15th century limestone mansion, restructured in the 17th and 19th centuries. Hotel Diderot is famous for its marvelous breakfasts, offering a dizzying selection of homemade jams, delicious French breads, brioche and croissants, locally produced fresh goat cheese, honey and fruit juice. Close to the fireplace in autumn, or on the shaded terrace as soon as the warm weather arrives, the first meal of the day must be as unforgettable as the night that preceded it. Gluten-free breakfast available on request. Here you will find peace and tranquility ; you will experience the warm hospitality of a " tourangelle " residence, in the land of Renaissance writer Francois Rabelais, amidst the splendid vineyards of the Val de Loire, the landscape dotted with magnificent castles and unique gardens. ... more   less 
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Hotel Diderot Chinon, France - Loire Valley

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