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“clean room, good breakfast...slightly dated hotel” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel L'Univers Tours
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5 bd Heurteloup, 37000 Tours, France   |  
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Ranked #6 of 75 Hotels in Tours
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“clean room, good breakfast...slightly dated hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2009

This hotel was absolutely fine for our long weekend in the Loire Valley. It is quite close to the train station and bike rental, as well as the cute cobblestoned nightlife that Tours offers. The breakfast was great, and a the staff was pleasant. Our room was spacious enough and the bathroom was fine. The hotel, though was a bit dated, and needed both some renovations and redecoration. I would not rush back, but I would recommend it as a suitable place to stay for a weekend.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2008

We stayed here for 3 nights and prior to arrival was a little concerned because of some of the reviews I'd read of the hotel. However, we were pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed our stay at the Hotel LÚnivers.

The hotel staff are extremely charming and helpful and spoke great English. The hotel itself is well located, close to shops, cafes etc. It also had an accessable, undercover car park (12 euros a day) which was important for us.

Our room (on the second floor) was spacious and rather grand with wood panelling and red embossed wall paper. Sure it was a little worn in a shabby chic kind of way, but this is a 4 star hotel not a 5 star. It was quiet and the bed was comfy. Our bathroom had a window which overlooked the bedroom - unique!

The restaurant food was good, but the room lacked ambience and the decor was very bland. This struck me as unusual considering the rest of the hotel with its tromp lóiel lobby and old charm feel.

  • Liked — Old world charm and pleasant staff
  • Disliked — Price of accessing wi fi internet was way too high
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2008

Hotel l’Univers Tours, France

This hotel requires a substantial deposit at the time a reservation is made. Be careful of your finances, and keep your documentation handy.
When I checked out, I didn’t have the deposit verification in hand, which was my mistake. The front desk clerk insisted there had been no deposit, and charged me the full amount at check-out. That was OK, I could simply send the documentation, and request a credit on my credit card. Not so easy. They subsequently agreed I had paid the deposit, but instead of simply issuing a credit to the credit card (about a 20-second process, completed thousands of times a day), Hotel l’Univers wrote a (hard copy) letter to their bank requesting repayment to me. Three weeks later, after no action, I started a stop-payment procedure through my credit card. That inquiry finally resulted, after an additional two weeks, in a credit being issued. This simple function required a total of five weeks (and they’d had my deposit for four months before we arrived).
When I contacted hotel management, their surprising response was that some of their front desk people aren’t adequately trained, and I should simply get over it.
I will. In the meantime we’ll stay at Chateau Belmont.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Service
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2008

This is a good hotel in all respects apart from the restaurant, where the service is arrogant and "couldn't care less" and the food can vary between merely dull and totally inedible. Stay here by all means, our room was good and location is great, once you have found it, but the restaurant, forget it and eat elsewhere!

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — Surly arrogant restaurant taff
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2008

Room was a little on the small side, needs a lot of updating (ie Bathroom) but has just been taken over by a large hotel chain with a quality standard so I think it will happen in time. The breakfast was well worth the money though.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2008

We booked 3 rooms here for 3 nights in December. Checkin was very easy, staff were always pleasant and helpful. The location is excellent for walking all over the town. The rooms were larger than other hotels we stayed with on our holiday in France and Italy. Recommend Paul's Patisserie nearby for breakfast - good value and very friendly staff! We booked a driver for a day to take us (7 people) to a selection of the chateaux in the area and it was a magical day! We used Acco-Dispo and the driver was excellent and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this method of seeing the area rather than hiring a car yourself or using coach travel with children.

  • Liked — Old charm, location
  • Disliked — fairly expensive
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2007

Nice hotel but could use a little spiffing-up. Bed/desk/lighting showed a bit of 'wear and tear.' Fortunately, room furnishings were not gaudy like in most French hotels. Our room was freshly painted which stilled smelled a bit.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel L'Univers Tours

Address: 5 bd Heurteloup, 37000 Tours, France
Location: France > Centre > Loire Valley > Tours
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Tours
#4 Business Hotel in Tours
#4 Romantic Hotel in Tours
#8 Family Hotel in Tours
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel L'Univers Tours 4*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With 91 rooms, among 7 suites, hotel Oceania l'Univers Tours will be the ideal place to enjoy some touristic holidays or business time. All the non-smoking and air-conditioned rooms will offer you all the comfort, as free wifi access, minibar, flat screen cable tv. Enjoy a lunch or dinner in our restaurant with traditional gastronomy and our cosy bar. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel De l Univers
De l Univers Hotel

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