I booked three rooms at the Hotel de la Gare for myself and three friends as a stopover on a cycling tour from Bordeaux to Calais. We found the hotel to be immaculate and the hosts exceptionally welcoming. We were immediately offered safe storage for our precious bikes in the owners garage before being given our room keys. To our amazement, we were also asked if we would like any laundry doing by the hostess, free of charge! Travelling light, we willingly took up this offer and were given fresh cycling clothes the next morning. We took a drink on the patio overlooking the train station, which is a surprisingly pleasant location (the station is very quiet and decorated in an art-deco style). We then found a local restaurant at the hosts' recommendation. The rooms were immaculately presented, being newly decorated, and the beds were very comfortable and the showers worked excellently. Overall, we were very impressed with the hotel and service and would definitely return. Thouars is also a beautiful town worthy of exploration.