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Hotel-Restaurant du Grand Saint-Michel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Chambord
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“View is the best part!”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

We had connecting rooms in this hotel and the rooms were basic (much more comfortable than we anticipated), baths were modern. The staff was amazingly helpful and friendly. But, the best part was the VIEW - we had dinner on the terrace and watched the lights of Chambord chateau come on. It was breathtaking.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

The Grand St. Michel was perhaps grand back in the hay days, but today as many others pointed is a little old and tired hotel.

It is however not so unusual to find hotel like this in Europe and still enjoy the stay.

Here are some of the reasons we really enjoyed our one night stay:

- Location – if you plan to visit the Chateau Chambord there is definitely no better location – we Walked the grounds of the Chateau before dinner, after dinner and early in the morning and it was fantastic

- Very reasonable price for the location

- Excellent restaurant on site

- Free parking

- Very nice and helpful personnel

Staying at the Grand St. Michel was an outstanding experience and we would do it again if will return to Chambord.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

The only good thing about this hotel is it's location. You just can't beat it - next to one of the most fascinating castles of France. And in the evening if the sky is not overcast, the rays of the descending sun falling onto the castle form beautiful sight. During the day there are shops with local handicraft and specialities and a restaurant outside.

As for the hotel proper, it's a rather run-down building with tiny rooms and toilets of the size of an unfolded newspaper. There is a TV but all channels are French. You see, feel and smell that the place needs renovation. The parking outside is free but breakfast is not included in the room price. We arrived there after a long drive so it was good enough to crush for a night but if you are coming for more that one night, there is not much to do there. It's probably worth the money you pay but there are better, nicer, more authentic and charming hotels in the Valley of the Loire.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Long Beach, California
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

What is wonderful about this hotel on the grounds of and directly facing the largest chateau in the Loire Valley is that it is on the grounds of and directly facing that chateau, Chambord. Like many accommodations in Europe, the Hotel Grand St. Michel is old (the building is part of the historic and preserved, at least on the outside, national park that surrounds and includes the chateau itself). In some cases these properties have been updated and modernized, and in others not so much. On the outside the structure is gentrified and attractive. On the inside it is mostly tired and creaky and could use a massive make-over. But, if that make-over ever arrives normal folks will all but certainly no longer be able to afford to stay here, as the prices are still low. So, there is a bit of give and get with this place. The "get" is the best location, perhaps, in the entire region. In the mornings and the evenings you have the massive grounds to yourself. Walking the perimeter of the chateau in the evening or morning before the hordes arrive is special. And if you choose to attend one of the summer concerts held inside the chateau you have only to walk back five minutes to your room, instead of drive back to Blois or wherever. We drove around in the evening and in the fields just in front of the tourist entrance to the hotel we saw fifteen to twenty sangliers (wild boar) and many deer. That alone was worth the price of admission, so to speak. If you are not satisfied with the offerings of the hotel restaurant there are several other options within about fifteen minutes drive (Aurberge d'Artemis being an outstanding one, but make a reservation for dinner), so you need not feel stuck. Although having eaten at the hotel restaurant in the past, the food is quite good. So, after thinking about the condition of the interior of the Grand St. Michel and discussing the seemingly endless possibilities to improve it with my daughter, especially the condition of the rooms, I decided to ask the very helpful front desk staff about the reason/s the place is in the arrested state of decay that it is in. The answer was this. Hotel Grand St. Michel is run privately, but the government owns the structure and as a result any and all changes (this also includes the other privately occupied buildings and homes within the walls of the park, and there are many) must be approved by the government. Therefore, knocking out walls, tearing up flooring, installing new electrical works is nearly impossible. Voila, it will remain as is. If you can take that (the "give"), this is a wonderful setting. Try the 5 Euro breakfast at any of the small snack shops next to the hotel, unless you need a really big breakfast, in which case the hotel has a 9.5 Euro buffet of sorts. The staff are fantastic. WiFi is available in the communal room next to the front desk. Nice outside patio from which to view the chateau's changing faces and drink your bottle of Touraine picked up tasting earlier in the day (the staff is fine with this and will provide you with glasses). And free parking right next to the hotel. One strange thing we noticed was that this was our third or fourth time staying here over the past twenty-five years. And back in the day you had to have reservations six months in advance or there was no chance of getting a room (I even reconfigured a trip one time to make sure we could get a room there), but now there seems to be lots of space. One night there were no more than ten occupied rooms, perhaps 30% of capacity. No doubt owing to the worn feeling of the accommodations... and online comments.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Maidenhead
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Fabulous setting right next to the Chateau de Chambord. The hotel restaurant overlooks the Chateau and in the evening you can stroll around the grounds as if you own the place. The hotel staff were friendly and welcomed our 18-month-old son enthusiastically. Our room was a bit tired but it was comfortable and had plenty of space for our travel cot. We stayed one night on our way south and it was perfect as a stopover away from the motorway. I was vaguely hoping to find some Chambord raspberry liqueur being made locally but didn't see any.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

staying in Grand St. Michel enabled us to feel like we have the tranquil and solemn Chateau Chambord all for our own, We strolled around in the evening and in the morning, when the million tourists were not there. This opportunity cannot be found elsewhere. Hotel staff are young, cheerful and lovely. Great dinners and breakfasts.... what else can I ask for?

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Vancouver
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2012

I have never given any place I have visited such a bad review and I have done about 60 reviews but this place is a disaster with two exceptions. Six friends and I recently stayed here as part of a Loire valley cycling trip. We had been booked into the smallest of the rooms. When I say small, I mean "cell-like" with no dresser, no bedside tables and no shelf of any kind for toiletries in the bathroom. After some rather unpleasant and unfriendly discussions with the front desk staff, some larger rooms were located for some of us, at a premium.

We wouldn't have minded paying the premium if it weren't for all the other issues we encountered Here is a partial list of problems. The paint and wall paper are peeling everywhere; the wooden window sashes are rotting; the carpets are dirty and badly stained; several of us found hairs in th beds and/or bath tubs; one room had a phone with a sticky receiver; one room was ant infested; the blankets were so old and nubby that they were quite disgusting; some of the bathrooms had floors that were buckling linoleum; the tub grout was dirty and crumbling.

As for lesser complaints, the bathrooms do not have showers, there are no room safes or fridges and there is no wifi.

For reasons I won't go into, we actually stayed two nights. As noted above, notwithstanding all of the foregoing there were three positives. Firstly, other than the senior desk person, other staff was friendly and helpful. Secondly, the location is stunning with remarkable views of fairy tale Chambord Chateau from some of the rooms as well as from the outdoor patio. Finally and remarkably, the restaurant is very good and we ate dinner there both nights. I have rviewd it separately.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel-Restaurant du Grand Saint-Michel
Address: Place Saint Louis, 41250, Chambord, France
Location: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Chambord
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Chambord
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel-Restaurant du Grand Saint-Michel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le seul et unique hôtel du village de Chambord avec vue sur le fameux Château de François 1er. Avec des chambres et une terrasse donnant vue sur le deuxième château le plus visité de France, le Grand Saint-Michel est en endroit idéal pour s'offrir une escapade dans un domaine de chasse riche en histoire. L'hôtel propose le petit déjeuner, un parking privé gratuit ainsi qu'un coin lounge avec accès Wifi. Le Restaurant est ouvert le midi ainsi que le soir avec une cuisine française type bistro, accompagnée d'un service chaleureux et à votre écoute. Si vous désirez réserver une chambre d'hôtel ou une table du restaurant n'hésitez pas à nous contacter avec nos coordonnées inscrites ci-jointes. _________________ Located steps away from the iconic Chateau of Francis I, the Hotel du Grand Saint-Michel is the only hotel in Chambord. With a unique view on the second most visited castle in France, the hotel and restaurant is ideal for a full immersion in nature and history. The hotel offers buffet breakfast, free private parking and a lounge area with complimentary Wi-Fi access. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner offering bistro-style French cuisine prepared with fresh local produce, served by friendly and helpful staff. To book a room or a table at the restaurant, please contact us directly via phone or email. ... more   less 
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