Perched right above the Loire in Amboise, this hotel is really a compound - a collection of buildings backed by limestone caves. It's unusual and charming. The restaurant, Le 36 served some of the finest food I've ever had. We stayed in the Hermitage, in a large ground floor junior suite with a private patio, a mini-canopy bed, a large bathroom, and a comfortable sitting area.
The style of the place is very old school French Provincial with fussy patterned wallpaper in mauve-pink tones. Don't get me wrong, I love modern, but in this part of France, I kind of liked this slightly outdated, but very characteristic look of the wallpaper with the historic prints on the walls, and the swaths of striped curtains.
One slightly odd thing - I did see a few ants on the floor of our room, but the building is old, so for me, this is forgivable. I'm not one of those travelers who expects everything I touch to be super-pristine. If you are, you would probably be taken aback by this. The mattress and bedding were not the highest quality, and could have used a refresh. What the place lacked in up to the minute furnishings, it made up for in charm.
The staff were quite helpful and very sweet. The hotel is walking distance from the gorgeous Amboise Chateau, and the center of town. The casual garden restaurant, where we had breakfast, is functional and nice enough, with a view of the pool.
FYI, I stayed here as part of DiscoverFrance.com's Deluxe Loire Valley Bike Tour.
I would heartily recommend Le Choiseul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Castle Hotel in Amboise with panoramic view over the River Loire.At the foot of the Amboise Castle ramparts, overlooking the Loire, The Choiseul is a collection of private residences built in the 18th Century, surrounding Italian-style gardens.An ideal base for those who wish to visit the royal castles of the Loire Valley & to savour the area's celebrated cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Choiseul Amboise
- Le Choiseul Hotel Amboise