If you find yourself in Le Loir make sure you find time to visit this lovely small town unspoilt by large modern commerce. The Logis Hotels are rightly renowned for their culinary skills. This hotel/restaurant is no exception and presents fine food through the classic Logis format. No stainless steel and glass here. It is easy to imagine sharing the dining area with the likes of Steve McQueen or Stirling Moss. This is the hotel/restaurant's strength, a link to its past and a bygone age in rural France. This is exactly what a lot of tourists/travellers are looking for and increasingly hard to find with all the formula hotels springing up all over the place. The evening meal was traditional. Our meal was served by Antoine, a man proud and happy in his work and jolly good at it. Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. All four of us opted for the vegetable potage which was simple but warming on a cold winter's night. For the main course three of us had salmon and one chose petit sale which is a traditional homely meal of salted belly pork and lentils. We all chose the chocolate pudding which was sublime. Good to see local wines promoted on the wine list. We chose a delicious Domaine Gigou red 'Pruneau d'Aunis' which inspired us to visit the vineyard, a few klms down the road, the following day (but that's another story). Toilets were first class, modern and exceptionally clean. Make sure you visit before somebody in management starts to get a big idea and thinks a refurb is in order.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the northern edge of the Loire Valley, the Hotel de France, in La Chartre-sur-le-Loir, with its ivy covered Art Deco facade, offers chic and luxurious rooms. With a sun drenched terrace, a superb restaurant, bar, inviting swimming pool and gardens that back onto the Loir River, the hotel serves as a comfortable and relaxing base from which to explore the countless delights this region has to offer. The Hotel de France, famous for its long association with the teams, drivers and cars of the Le Mans 24 hours race, overlooks the main square of the charming town of La Chartre-sur-Le-Loir, in the Sarthe department of the Pays de la Loire region in north-western France. It has excellent access to the main Autoroutes, heading north to nearby Le Mans, south to Tours and Bordeaux, and east to Paris. The airport at Tours and several main line train stations are also close by. Used as a destination of choice for leaders of state, film stars and motor sport royalty, the hotel has welcomed the President of France, President Kennedy's family, Steve McQueen, Sir Stirling Moss OBE and a regular guest for the Le Mans 24 hours, Derek Bell MBE. These are just a few names from a long list of personalities that have enjoyed the hotel's hospitality over the years. The Hotel de France has been privately and independently owned for over 100 years. The beautiful Art Deco style building boasts many traditional features, both inside and out. An extensive and sympathetic internal refurbishment was undertaken in 2014 following a change of ownership. Each of our 22 individually designed bedrooms, finished to the highest standards, have a chic and luxurious look, with modern en-suite facilities. Residents can also enjoy our heated riverside swimming pool and garden. Our restaurant, Le Relais de Ronsard, is the ideal place for a long, leisurely lunch, a romantic candlelit dinner for two or a family celebration. Enjoy delicious seasonal dishes, prepared by our chefs, who have served at the hotel for over 25 years. The entire team at the Hotel de France look forward to offering you a warm welcome and to providing a memorable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Logis De France Hotel La Chartre-Sur-Le-Loir