After a lot of research -- I found what appears to be a somewhat decent small hotel within the village of Amboise. This hotel didn't show-up on any of the many web travel sites except www.all-hotels.com . Even after typing in hotel name as a force-feed, I was given erroneous accomodation and pricing info (nothing more than a double and at much higher rates than that given on the hotels somewhat underdeveloped website).The Hotel le Blason (try www.leblason.fr -- even had trouble with this entry) has rooms for as many as 4 people (a hard to find quad) for 76 euros a nght (great deal). This is no Chateau (converted blacksmith shop) but gets the job done and the staff are cordial. I just booked this and will be there 11/05. I learned a lot with this excersize -- don't necessarily trust what is shown on Expedia etc. as bible and find the hotels' website to make sure. Also found some other unusual website options for Europe accomodations like www.frbo.com or www.perfectplaces.com. Will give review on this hotel on return (found some good reviews). Happy trails.