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Hotel de France et de Guise
Ranked #13 of 28 Hotels in Blois
amsterdam
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29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“unexpected surprise”
Reviewed August 16, 2009

on the way back from Dordogne to the Netherlands we decided to spend one day at the loire valley.
We did not book in advance and arrived on a late sunday afternoon in Blois.
Through booking.com we booked the hotel.
Arriving at the hotel we were very positively surprised.
The hotel is a very characterisctic (esp the breakfastroom which is beautiful!!) hotel, is very charming and intimate.
The owners are extremely nice and helpful.
Very good value for money.
roland and mayke

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2009

A great hotel overlooking the blois castle. Very friendly staff, parking was ok, and the discounts available from the hotel desk. Room was ok, clean, great view. Bad thing is the toilet which was integrated later on and does not have ventilation working or doesn't have a sealing above so you can imagine in the mornings...
A bit noisy, it doesn't have new windows so the whole fuss of the surroundings is heard.
Free wifi.
Great value for money

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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SoCal
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87 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2009

This a very convenient hotel for exploring the Loire Valley. Like everything else in Blois, this Hotel has a bit of history around it, I think the building is over 100 years old. Jacky and Ann are great hosts and made us feel very welcome and went beyond the call of duty to help us find a change location to convert some traveller checks. There is only one place in Blois and they do not change $100 bills, but will change traveller checks. Go figure. They offered very good suggestions.

Rooms are not air conditioned and are comfortable, but not plush. Breakfast is ok. Rooms in front of hotel can be a little noisy. Free wifi is available.

Location and staff make up for any short comings. It is an easy, downhill walk from the train station, about 10 minutes. It is across the street from the Chateau Blois and down the block from the center of the historic area with restaurants and shops. They even have a bike rental shop next door, wish I had known this. We rented from another bike store and had to ask Jacky to store the bikes in his garage. I think if you rent the bikes next door, he will keep them for you.

We biked from the Hotel to Chambord--a great ride and to Cheverny, a little hilly, but also a fun ride. Also took another day to ride up and down the Loire River.

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this hotel as our base for biking in the Loire.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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1 Thank onoman
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AZ
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2009

I chose Blois as our base for exploring the chateaux of the Loire Valley because it looked more interesting to me than Tours, my other option, and it was more centrally located to the chateaux I wanted to see: Chambord, Chenonceau, and Chaumont. This little hotel was ranked number 1 on Trip Advisor, and for good reason. The owners, Jacky and Ann, could not have been nicer or more helpful. First, Ann sent me a welcome e-mail upon my reservation through Expedia; I can't say that has ever happened before. Jacky helped us with our bags upon check in, and served as our concierge throughout our 2 day stay. They loaned us books on the various chateaux, and educated us on their history: I had no idea there were 80 chateaux in the area! We only saw 5...must see more next time. We spoke only minimal French, but they were patient with us and helped us with our pronunciation, a welcome relief after a few days in France. He also helped us with local restaurant recommendations, all good. We booked a triple, but we were given a slightly bigger room upon check in when Jacky saw that our third person was my 6 foot tall, 23 year old son, not an 8 year old...so we had more room to move about. Our room overlooked the Blois Castle: fabulous view from the balcony. We toured that castle on our last day in town; wish we had known there was a light-show at night...that would have been fantastic, and we could have done it on either previous evening. Free in-room internet was provided! Very welcome at the midpoint of our trip, for dining reservations later on. You will not be disappointed with this hotel.
FYI: We booked a rental car at Orly, which is south of Paris, so we could tour the Loire Valley (also south of Paris) at our leisure. Better than taking a tour bus, where you are rushed and spend most of your time in transit. This hotel has free street parking if you move your car by 9:30 am, and all night parking (where you don't have to move your car) in the Castle parking lot for 5 euros per night. If you rent a car, you will find a GPS indispensable for directing you through all the local streets and roundabouts: don't leave home without it!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Lisbon, OH
2 reviews
Reviewed May 7, 2009

We spent 2 nights at the hotel and found the hosts very helpful in recommending restaurants and itineraries for our short stay. The room was spacious and clean, although we found the bed was a bit uncomfortable. Breakfast at the hotel was too carbohydrate-laden for diabetics, so they recommended another small cafe where we could find omelettes. This is a great value and very conveniently located to the Blois chateau and other sites. We came in on the train and walked from the station to the hotel - about 3-5 blocks.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank OHTraveler70
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Chevy Chase, MD
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42 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2009

This hotel was a bargain at 65 euro for a triple room with a view of the chateau. The owners, a married couple, were very gracious. They helped us with checking in for our flight home the next day, even printing up our boarding passes. The location was perfect for sightseeing as well as dining at l'Orangerie du Chateau, a true gastronomical delight. I have stayed in many deluxe hotels, and clearly this one is not in that category, but I was very satisfied with my stay and would return next time I tour the Loire Valley. If you are traveling with a friend, I would recommend reserving a triple room, which is the same price as a double room, as there are two beds.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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Virginia
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2009

We stayed one Wednesday night. Everything was fine with the room itself -- compact but comfortable. A little inconvenient paying to park in a garage down the hill from the hotel but I suppose there is no other choice. Our big issue was with the traffic outside. Bikers would zoom by every few minutes until at least midnight and they kept us awake. Would not recommend this location for light sleepers or, in our case, international travelers adjusting to a time change.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel de France et de Guise
Address: 3 rue Gallois, 41000, Blois, France
Location: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Blois
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 28 Hotels in Blois
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel de France et de Guise 2*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is situated downtown , in the historical part and in front of the castle of Blois. The restaurants and shopping area are at a few minuts.There is a free and closed garage for the bikes and for the motorbikes. The underground public parking of the castle is at 2 mns. The railway station is at 5/10 mns walking distance. Free wifi is available , and from the hotel we can get reduction on the price of the castle of Blois, Sound and Light Show and Magic House. ... more   less 
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