Once I got to the hotel, my holiday immediately improved. I experienced numerous traveling SNAFUs en route to Blois but soon forgot about them once the charm of the place enchanted me. My investment of many hours researching the area was worthwhile as there is a decent amount of hotels from which you can choose; however, none were comparable to Anne de Bretagne for its offerings, location, and price. (My review of the hotel itself is the third paragraph)
I only stayed for three nights before continuing on to Paris, but that length fit well into my plans. Because of the traveling issues I had to adjust my sight-seeing schedule, which worked quite well actually. On the day I anticipated visiting Chateau de Chenonceau (a 40-minute train ride from Blois), I instead strolled through north and south Blois snapping artsy architecture photos. Across the bridge (over the Loire river) to south Blois there are primarily residences, so I spent most of my day around the area near the hotel. Walking under 10 minutes from Anne de Bretagne you can reach: train station, inter marche (the market), main street of town (down alleys are shops and eateries), Chateau de Blois, and the river. I ate light my entire trip, so a baguette sandwich in the square below Chateau de Blois was the perfect accompaniment to people watching. The second day was devoted to three chateaus (using the 6 euro shuttle): Chambord, Cheverny, and Blois. You can also visit Beauregard after Cheverny, but I opted out. To wind down from my outings I sipped wine on the patio in front of the hotel (they charge your room and you pay at check-out).
Property is nice; the facade is lovely with the ivy covering. The decor was tasteful and seemed recently updated (in the hallways of the rooms). My room's interior (room 24 was at the end of the hall) was adequate, though not disappointing. I traveled solo, and the single room is truly intended for one person - even then it was snug compared to the single rooms available in America. I expected this close space, though, as I had before traveled abroad. My suggested improvements for the room: wash cloth for shower, curtain over window in shower room, a fan for bedroom, a mini fridge, and a wifi connection for multiple devices, not only one per room. Clearly these amenities are conveniences that are not necessary but would place the hotel beyond reproach (from my experience). The entire staff were courteous and pleasant, making me feel welcome without overly gushing. The managing couple, if not the owners, were hospitable in person and communication when I emailed them with questions. Lastly, breakfast was worth the added cost (8 euro). You receive from service a basket of breads (croissant & baguette), cheese, and ham. Available to all are: yogurt, fruit compote, fruit spreads, Nutella, pound cake, crusty baguette slices, cereal, juices, hot chocolate, tea, and coffee.
I recommend selecting Hotel Anne de Bretagne as a reliable, comfortable, hospitable, and economic accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcoming hotel with 29 custom and comfortable rooms (Satellite + TNT television, free wireless access). In winter, let yourself be tempted by our seating area. In summer, our pleasant and sunny terrace will have your favors. Ability to advise you in your visits : on foot, by bike, by car. Public parking (50 m) 3 €. Pack lunch, bike renting, no queue tickets for Blois (ccastle, light show, magic house). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anne De Bretagne Blois