We stated at the Pierre & Vacances Residence Le Moulin des Cordeliers for a week in July with two small children (4 and 8 years old). We used the hotel to visit the Loire sites especially Loches, Amboise, Chenonceaux, and Azay le Rideau. The hotel is a residence inn, where the rooms have small refrigerators and kitchens.
We booked the one bedroom apartment for four people (the Appartement 2 pièces 4 pers option that was 28m2). The hotel web site offered some discounts not found on other sites. The apartment was on the ground floor in front of the pool. The interior had acceptable finishes (about 3 star in the US) and the bathroom looked renovated recently. Like most rooms (except those in the mill or moulin) our room had a patio with a table and chairs for eating. The kitchen was well equipped including a fresh cutting board and utensils such as sharp knives, wine openers (of course!), an oyster knife (wow!), and a fresh cutting board (they provide a new one for each guest). There was no vent in the kitchen above the stove.
The pool is a popular attraction as it seems to be unusual for hotels in the Loire. It is partially indoor and partially outdoor and is somewhat heated. They don't have the nuthugger requirement found at some pools in France. The pool was a reasonable size and clean.
The parking is at the back of the hotel by the rail station. Our GPS took us to the front gate, which is not used by cars. You need a "clicker" to get in the private lot, which you get with registration. Of course it is very convenient if you are coming by train. There was always plenty of parking.
The checkin is only open during normal business hours. There is some provision for picking up a key afterwards but this requires securing a code to a little mailbox. It is best to plan to arrive during normal hours.
At checkin you get a package with towels for each guest. Maid service is extra thus towels and sheets are not changed with normal room booking. Standard white towels are provided. I recommend bringing some additional beach towels if you plan to use the pool.
There is wireless available for a fee. The network seems to be available only near the reception area. Our room overlooked the reception and we only got coverage when the glass door was open. Have a more extensive wireless network would be great.
The area around the hotel is nice with Loches about a 15 minute walk and various stores and restaurants only a few minutes way. There is a nice path that goes along the Indre for miles. The the Office of Tourisme is right next to the rail station. There is nice super market within walking distance. On Wednesday morning there is a market, which is a great place to get nice cheese, wine, meat, and fish (there is no Poissonnerie in town though you can get fish at the super market).
Overall, the Pierre & Vacances Residence Le Moulin des Cordeliers makes a great place to stay for touring the Loire. It is family friendly, has a pool, and makes it easy to cook meals. The location of the Residence is very convenient for visiting Loches and for driving excursions to other chateaux without the traffic and crowds of other cities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The medieval city with its Chateaux de le Loire. Loches - one of the most picturesque towns of central France. The indoor pool leading to a heated outdoor pool with a beach solarium and salon. ... more less
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