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All reviews loire valley chateau chenonceau walking distance rose garden large bathroom nice pool the location is perfect lovely hotel stayed here for one night old building five minute walk sitting area free parking france castle village ivy
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

La Roseraie is named for the rose garden that surrounds the courtyard terrace, not for the prayer beads. We chose this 3* rated property largely because of its location in the heart of chateaux country, a 15 minute walk from Chateau Chenonceaux, and because of its deserved reputation. Its 22 rooms fill early and we applied for a September reservation before it was opened for the season. Entering town as we were from Fontevraud and Azay le Rideau, and situated as it is on a curve in the road in Chenonceaux, we nearly missed the entrance drive which leads past the dining room windows, the terrace, under a building extension to the gravelled free parking lot at the rear. It is a low rise, white washed building with abundant climbing ivy, a courtyard terrace surrounded by rose gardens and other plantings. Approaching the reception desk which is situated at the front of the building between the dining room and the lounge bar, we were warmly and hospitably greeted, swiftly checked in and escorted up one flight to our assigned rooms. There is a garret level with rooms. Lugging our baggage up the stairs was difficult.

While our rooms were spacious by European standards, it was not the suite portrayed in the ads. The decor included wall paper in broad gold and black stripes with a print of Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss". There was a clothes cupboard with a floor level safe, a desk and chair, a very comfortable queen sized bed with excellent quality sheeting and room enough on either side to move freely about. The bathroom was a half step up and extended the width of the room behind the bed headboard. It included the toilet, sink and shower. Water was quickly hot and plentiful. Towels were sufficient as were the bath notions provided. The hair dryer was found in the cupboard below the sink. If you are used to such a thing, bring your own facecloth/washcloth as these are generally not to be found in French hotels. WiFi was available and included in the room rate. Our room overlooked the main street but given the size and nature of the town, street noise was not an issue.

The interior of the hotel has an abundance of dark wood panelling. The diniing room is elegant with crisp white linens and crystal, beamed ceilings and stark white walls. It has a reputation for excellent food however the timing of our travels did not allow for us to sample the cuisine. Reservations are required. The lounge and bar has stuffed wing chairs rendering a cozy, intimate feel. Staff was hospitable and eager to please. A fellow traveller asked for glasses and some ice for his own bourbon and it was almost immediately to hand.

On getaway day, checkout was swift and amiable. At the reception desk, we were able to purchase discounted admission tickets to Chateau Chenonceau and were invited to leave our luggage loaded car in their secluded parking lot while we explored that attraction prior to departure. All in all, a most satisfactory and enjoyable stay.

Date of stay: September 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018

I stayed here for two nights in September. The hotel was easy to find and it was great to have free parking. Check in was straightforward and welcoming. The room was beautiful - one of the Charm rooms shown on the hotel website and therefore cost a little more than some of the smaller rooms but was well worth it. The bathroom was quite small - (it's an old building so they've had to fit things in where they can) but very well appointed with a great shower and nice toiletries.

The bedroom itself was beautifully spacious with a sitting area, a desk and a wonderfully comfortable and large bed. The air conditioning was a blessing but the room also had a small balcony with a little table and chairs which was particularly lovely.The decor was lovely.

We ate at the hotel on both nights and the food was delicious. The service was good - friendly but never intrusive and there was a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast was also good - charged extra but there was a lot of choice including warm dishes such as eggs.

The chateau is within a few minutes easy walk of the hotel and discounted tickets along with advice on the best times to visit, can be had at reception - all the staff I dealt with were helpful and friendly.

I'd probably have liked to have had a least water and glasses provided in the room but I didn't miss a kettle or coffee machine. If you've a problem with stairs, make sure you reserve a ground floor room - mine was on the first floor, accessed direct from the garden and up a steep flight of stairs.

All in all, I'd have been very happy to stay longer at the Roseraie. It's a hotel with real charm; it doesn't feel 'designed' but comfortable and classy and with real character.

Date of stay: September 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Very well situated for visiting the chateaux and nearby wineries. We spent two nights and dined both times, very nice and helpful staff. The pool was a bonus given the warm weather. We'd stay there again.

Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

A wonderful hotel and restaurant in a charming town. It is right around the corner from the most beautiful of the chateaus (Chenonceau). Delightful and helpful hostess Marrine really made the stay special throughout our stay.

Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

I don’t think the website photos of the rooms are representative of the room you’re likely to get upon arrival. Some of the rooms are updated, but some definitely are not. My family had two rooms during our stay. One was renovated, but the toilet and shower rooms were tiny. The beds were not high quality. Nothing like the photos. The second room was one of the non-renovated ones. The beds were even more uncomfortable. The bathroom was dated and a little gross. And the A/C wasn’t strong enough to cool all of the rooms do it was quite warm. I would recommend specifically requesting a room like the ones in the photos with a large bathroom.

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
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