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Hotel Diderot
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Chinon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

We stayed four days in Sept. while visiting
the area's various chateaux. Room with courtyard view was spartan but clean. Bathroom adequate but not up-dated. Ample and tasty cold breakfast featured variety of jams. Rates fair.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2012

Cher Monsieur,
We are pleased that you have chosen our hotel to visit the western part of the valley of the Loire. Our hotel like many in France, are being renovated.
We offer some rooms spartan, simple, clean, everything you would expect from a 2 star hotel.
If you return the next year, your room (may be 14) will be completely redone.
We keep only our sense of hospitality, the quality of our products, which are the reputation of the family hotel.
So... see your soon
Your host
Laurent

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed at the beautiful Hotel Diderot for 2 nights whilst travelling around the Loire Valley & it certainly lived up to reviews we'd read previously on Tripadvisor. From the warm welcome you recieve, the lovely rooms, great atmosphere to the breakfast experience with all those jams everything is well presented & so much care & attention given to every detail by everyone involved. We had a beautiful room, which was spacious & fitted out with beautiful French furniture, the bathroom looked newly re-fitted & we enjoyed views across the courtyard. The hotel itself was really busy & everyone appeared to migrate to the beautiful terrace during the late afternoon for a few glasses of very reasonably priced local wine & to catch up on the days events. Breakfast is a great experience with guests sitting at big rustic tables, all produce is local & fresh with fruit salad, yoghurt & locally pressed apple juice followed by lovely big baskets of different breads & croissants which you have to sample with local goats cheese & walnuts. And then there is the jam, so so many different ones to choose from all produced by the owner, I could of happily sat all day trying each & everyone of them!! We absoloutley loved our stay at the hotel & it will certainly go on our list of top 10 favourites which we'd gladly recommend to anyone who appreciates excellent standards in quirky surroundings. We'll be back, if only to try some more of those jams!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2012

Chèrs Madame Monsieur,
Always happy to read your report. For me and my team, your joy is our greatest reward.
We continue like this. it is a real, humble and authentic image of France that we offer.
The room you had, in fact is the room of the last daughter of the owners, and the furniture dates from the late 19th century, but the mattress, it is new ! as the bathroom!
Your host
Laurent

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

This hotel came highly recommended from fellow Trip Advisors, and it certainly did not disappoint! It's a small family-run hotel with around 17 rooms that is absolutely charming. It's at one end of Chinon, but easily within walking distance of the fortress, shops and restaurants. Aside from the rustic charm the place exudes, the hotel is also known for its homemade jams that are served with breakfast each morning. There is an additional charge for breakfast, but it's well worth it. They have fresh fruit, freshly baked breads (croissants, toast, baguettes), along with fresh goat cheese and honey and a HUGE assortment of their own jams. It's a wonderful way to start the day. The staff are fantastic as well. They all speak English extremely well and are more than happy to help plan trips, call restaurants to make reservations or just provide helpful information about the area. There is also a small bar there at the hotel, where they serve local beer and wine (and make a mean gin and tonic!!).The rooms are all slightly different, but very comfortable, and include free wi-fi and flat screen tv's. I would stay here again in a heartbeat, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is traveling to this area.

Room Tip: The standard rooms are quite small and not connected to the main house. This is where I stayed (as a...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2012

Madame Monsieur
We are pleased to have shared with you, a good experience here at the hotel Diderot.
Hoping to see you again very soon, we wish you a very good summer.
Merci beaucoup
Laurent

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We checked many reviews of the Hotel Diderot and it certainly won our hearts upon arrival. I have a slight mobility issue and had requested a main floor room; as soon as we drove out a lovely girl came out to show us how to park in the handicapped parking spot which they had reserved for us for 2 nights at no cost. We had a beautiful main floor room with access from the terrace with outdoor chairs and tables for us to use. We were a party of 6, 3 couples so the other two couples who stayed upstairs would come down to our room for an afternoon aperitif. Staff and management went out of their way to make us feel welcome, and breakfast was exceptional. I had no idea that Chinon would be as big as it is and we certainly enjoyed eating in the square and visiting the wonderful Fortress which was the best example of of castle fortification I have ever seen. The videos and media presentations were first rate; you really felt like you'd gone back to Henry II and Joan of Arc's time. The Hotel was exactly as portrayed online. I would love to visit this hotel again.

Room Tip: I loved being downstairs (Room 18) because I have difficulty with stairs, however our friends had be...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

Madame Monsieur, Chers Clients
Thank you very much for your kind review.
We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay here at the Hotel Diderot
We wish you all the best and hope to see you again in our " well hidden gem" but do not tell all !!!
Best regards from the siblings,
Laurent

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

We last stayed here in the summer of 2010 and enjoyed i so much we came back again. We stayed 4 nights and despite it being out of season a lot of Chinon was still open and lively in the evening. The Hotel's charm comes from the warmth of the welcome from the owners and the quality of the service in all respects. Ideally placed just off the centre and with very comfortable rooms. The breakfasts with all the home made jams are very convivial and an aperitif in the garden in the evening rounds off the day. We will definitely be back next year.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

Dear Mkely1309
Thank you very much for your nice comment. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay.
And be sure that you will come back here next year, I cooked, full of new jams !!!
My sisters and I, and all here, thank you for your kindness.
Best regards from the very wet Chinon today.
Laurent

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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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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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!

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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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: $71 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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