My wife and I happened by the Hotel Diderot on a day visit to Chinon and were so charmed by it that we booked a room for the next night.
We had Room 7, up two flights of stairs, the second following the old beamed walls with no two wooden steps alike...on the courtyard with wonderful light in the bedroom and shower bath. Snug and quiet at night. Very reasonable price at 76± euro.
This is a wonderful traditional French hotel.
The staff was friendly, personable and accomodating, even agreeing to conduct our check-in, etc. in french so my wife could practice hers.
It was a rainy afternoon so we spend a couple of hours on the portected, flowered outside terrace, served by their conveinent and very reasonably priced bar. The chatter from other pleasant guests, the quiet rain made it a relaxing break. (Note, no one was smoking!!) Respectful clients and one chair occupied by the hotel's tabby cat.
The breakfast next morning was well worth the price. A fire in the fireplace of the old classic dining room to drive out the chill, and exceptionial rustic bread, croissants, more than 50 home-made jams to choose from, plus local mild goat cheese with honey and fresh cracked walnuts. An again, the great service.
The hotel is central, easy walking to the towns restaurants and chateau, convenint parking. You may need to negotiate some narrow streets so check your map before you head their way.
While staying here was a snap decision, we found the stop a highlight of our week in the Loire and Vienne valleys. We understand why it is so popular and so favorably ranked. IF you like France, you will like this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally situated in the heart of old Chinon, nestled in the quiet and historic neighborhood of the Saint Mexme collegiate church, Hotel Diderot welcomes you into a 15th century limestone mansion, restructured in the 17th and 19th centuries. Hotel Diderot is famous for its marvelous breakfasts, offering a dizzying selection of homemade jams, delicious French breads, brioche and croissants, locally produced fresh goat cheese, honey and fruit juice. Close to the fireplace in autumn, or on the shaded terrace as soon as the warm weather arrives, the first meal of the day must be as unforgettable as the night that preceded it. Gluten-free breakfast available on request. Here you will find peace and tranquility ; you will experience the warm hospitality of a " tourangelle " residence, in the land of Renaissance writer Francois Rabelais, amidst the splendid vineyards of the Val de Loire, the landscape dotted with magnificent castles and unique gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Diderot Hotel Chinon
- Hotel Diderot Chinon, France - Loire Valley