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Hotel Diderot
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Chinon
Certificate of Excellence
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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12 reviews
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“Serendipidy”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

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.

Room Tip: We only saw No. 7. Small, but good TV, nice shower, great light and ventilation. Quiet and nice vie...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
Bonjour Goslow 2013 !
It is nice to hear from you. Thank you very much for your wonderful review,
I already did read your comment to our team. For them it is a reward for the work done.
We hope you had a lot of pleasure in France during your holidays.
Hope to see you again in Chinon, and next time you will visit all the rooms !
Warm regards
Your host
Laurent
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Reno, Nevada, United States
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We only stayed one evening in the wonderful Hotel Diderot. Service was wonderful, our room was large and spacious, and the village of Chinon very charming. The value for this hotel is beyond the two star rating. We would definitely return and stay here again, hopefully for a longer stay!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
Madame, Monsieur,
You can come here as long as you want,
Touraine offers much more than castles, wine, gardens, beautiful bike rides, quality food ... You will always be welcome, in a nice little hotel, with good value for money.
Best regards from the very wet Chinon today.
Laurent
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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

I stayed only one night last week in this delightful family run hotel.Splendid peaceful location,friendly staff,nice room ,parking for my elderly car,nice breakfast reasonable price.
what more could anyone want.
Marcus C

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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
Cher Monsieur,
We are pleased that you enjoyed our little house.
We work with our team to always offer great value for money, in a two star hotel.
If you want to find a little place for your car aged, get there early, as we say "first arrived first served".
Thank you very much for choosing our family hotel, hope to see you soon.
Your host
Laurent
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Holywell, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We stayed on our return north from a classic car rally and were very impressed. Diderot punches well above it's 2 star rating. An excellent place to stay en route. Liked the welcoming bar - open from 0715 to 2030hrs! Get there early to ensure parking in the courtyard, especially if old cars are involved.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
Cher Monsieur,
Thank you very much for your review on your stay you spent here in Diderot. We are well aware that we have a small parking of 11 places, at the daily rate of 7€uros closed for the nignt at 09pm no possibility of reservation, "first arrived first served" We are in a medieval city with little streets and we are lucky to have 300 free parking places at 25 and 50 meters from the hotel.
Hope to see you again, in the future with your very nice car.
Best regards
Laurent
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We spent two nights here at the Hotel Diderot in July (with a Rick Steves tour group) and the stay could not have been any nicer. We were in room 6, which was a clean and neat room, with one window facing out into the courtyard. The beds were very comfy and the room was quiet at night. The staff was warm and friendly, and the breakfasts we enjoyed were wonderful, with the delicious yogurt, fresh fruit, warm croissants, and the assortment of homemade jams. The gorgeous, flower & plant filled courtyard was a lovely spot to sit for a few minutes and just relax before we were off on our busy days. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, October 14, 2012
Madame, Monsieur
Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments following your stay with us. It is with great pleasure that we receive your compliments and we share your comments with our team. Your satisfaction is our greatest reward.
Waiting to welcome you again here in Chinon, the little paradise.
Your host
Laurent
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

This hotel has a very interesting decor and the best lighting of any hotel we stayed at in France. The bathroom was particularly decorative. We had a ground floor room so we had noise from the courtyard, but that was more the fault of the noisy guests rather than the hotel. The room itself was adequate. The staff was very friendly and pleasant. The breakfast was good and the food plentiful and the staff went out of their way to make it a pleasant experience. They specialize in breads and many different kinds of preserves. They also featured fresh fruit, juices and goat cheese with walnuts and honey.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Madame, Monsieur Chers clients
Thank you very much for your comment, we will certainly share your comments with our team, who for ten years has been working our side, so to hold and elevate the colors of this 2 star hotel.

Thank you, because your satisfaction makes us feel better.
We hope to see you in the futur here in Chinon
Best regards
Laurent

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We spent one night at Hotel Diderot and were very impressed. The service was friendly and professional. The hotel was beautifully cared for, inside and out. Our room was lovely, overlooking the courtyard garden, and the bed very comfortable. The bathroom was immaculate. We were able to park in the courtyard and were happy to pay the 7 euro fee. We enjoyed being able to sit outside with a glass of wine in the early evening and relax after a long day`s drive. The town and all it`s amenities are on the doorstep so it was no effort to find a restaurant. Breakfast was great. We really couldn`t have asked for anything more from a hotel. It was excellent value for money and we would definitely use it again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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LD4CHINON, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Chere Madame, Cher Monsieur,
We are happy that you got had a good stay here with us.
Our house is a family hotel, traditional French and old fashion.
We will be happy to welcome you during your next visit to Chinon, and share again those moments of happiness with you
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Property: Hotel Diderot
Address: 4 rue de Buffon, 37500, Chinon, France
Location: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Chinon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Chinon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Diderot 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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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