This historic property dates back many centuries and is situated very near to the cathedral. I woke up and looked out of my window to see the spire of Chartres cathedral. Magic! The hotel is comfortable and clean. The bathroom was modular but perfectly adequate.Plenty of hot water and strong shower. My room had a flat screen tv (no English channels), a wardrobe, small desk/table and bathroom.I had the buffet breakfast which was very good value at about 7 euros. It's worth having breakfast just for the pleasure of sitting in such a wonderful breakfast room with it's stone pillars and historic ceiling. It's in the oldest part of the building.
Reception staff both day and night were extremely helful and pleasant. They went out of their way to help me.
The only difficulty I had was FINDING the place. My satnav was no help. Basically you head straight for the cathedral even though you might think that you are driving in a restricted area. You're not! When you arrive at the cathedral there is a barrier on your right which rises out of the road. Park as near as possible to this bollard, get out the car and speak to the hotel via the intercom. The bollard disappears into the ground, you drive through keeping the cathedral on your left. From there it is very well sign posted. This hotel might benefit from a sign post on the main road. (Hotel management-is that possible to do?)
Would I stay here again if I visit Chartres? 100% yes.
p.s. If you want to see the labyrinth in its full glory visit on a Friday morning when the chairs are removed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Saint Yves Hotel is a simple but confortable hotel very close to Chartres cathedral and overhanging the river Eure and Old Lower City. The 50 rooms offering 80 beds (from single to family room) allow you to have a night right in the heart of the city, in an amazing historical mansion and to discover all the area on foot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotellerie Saint Yves Hotel Chartres