Tours is a lovely and lively place and an ideal base for the Loire Valley. Hotel Criden is on one of the main routes into Tours from the motorway so is easy to find yet is within an easy walk of the main shopping, eating and tourist venues in the city. Being on a main road there is, of course, some traffic noise but the double glazing does shield the most of it.
A very friendly welcome from, we guess, the owner was conducted in English at reception and we were given the keys to our room. The room is well laid out with plenty of space and, though maybe a little tired looking, was clean and comfortable. There is no air-con but, being a chilly October, this was not needed anyway and the electric radiator in the room was more than adequate for warmth.
The bathroom looked recently refurbished to a very high standard with lovely tiles and suite and a walk-in shower. It was spotlessly clean. Only liquid soap is provided but we always take our own to hotels just in case which, this time, came in handy. The wall heater did not function but, within an hour of mentioning this at reception, it had been repaired so we were very impressed by the service.
Breakfast was a simple affair of cold meats, cheese, yogurts, croissants and so on and not expensive. Our only criticism was that the coffee was not hot and only being provided with cold milk for it made it merely tepid. Very un-French!
Car parking is available, for a charge, at the rear of the hotel in a private area but one has to then walk round the block to get into the hotel unless the receptionist goes to meet you.
One quirk that I must mention is the ceremony of the keys. We normally ignore hotel requests to leave keys at reception when going out, other than when we check out of course, as we don't particularly want anyone to know when our room is unoccupied. The first time we tried this we were caught by the receptionist and specifically asked for our key so we handed it over. On the second day we were leaving in the car to go for a drive up the valley - and before we had even got out of the car park the receptionist waved us down to collect our key from us! My French is insufficient to start a discussion as to why they need to keep MY key to MY room where all MY current worldly goods are stored but it would be an interesting one.
The 'key quirk' aside, it was a lovely hotel and one worth considering for your stay in Tours and the Loire Valley.
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