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“So good we stayed another night.”
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Hotel Diderot
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Chinon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 24, 2013

My husband and I were on our honeymoon and took the recommendation from Rick Steve's travel book to stay at Hotel Diderot in Chinon. Boy, was he right! This place is incredibly charming, with cheerful staff, nicely renovated rooms and a killer breakfast including homemade jams that would make your grandmother jealous. We originally planned one night in Chinon, but one night wasn't enough! Hotel Diderot was so charming, and Chinon was so special we decided to forgo our hotel reservation at another city in the Loire and stay on at Hotel Diderot. Definitely a winner. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is a wonderful place to stay when visiting Chinon. The breakfast is excellent. Don't miss the home made "confiture". They are all made with fresh fruits and there are absolutely delicious
The rooms are very comfortable and cosy. The location is perfect. The garden is very nice, and though we were not lucky with the weather we could enjoy the blooming roses.
The place is highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We have just returned from 3 weeks in France, and I have to thank all the TA community for helping us select this wonderful gem in Chinon. As soon as we walked in we were greeted warmly and caringly. Our bedroom on the 1st floor, was a delight!!! I LOVED looking out through the grapevines in this lovingly decorated rooms, and the modern, spacious bathroom was just a bonus! Walking around the hotel was also a treat with care made to make the place feel like a home and interesting. The Breakfasts were a treat, just needed to go back to our room to get our glasses so we could read the many interesting labels.
The whole staff treated us warmly, more as guests of the family not just guests at a hotel.
On leaving, I commented to them, what a lovely thing it was to be able to give so much joy to others in their lovely hotel.
Chinon also was a treat and surprise, I loved this town.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Besides being clean, extremely reasonably priced, and offering great service, this hotel is unique and has a charming personality. We were lucky enough to get the "gardener's cottage", which is it's own small building very close to the main building, with its own little patio, outdoor table, and garden. The garden is beautiful, and it was a delight to just sit on the terrace, order wine, and read. The breakfast is really something special with countless varieties of homemade jams (over 3 days we could not try them all!), not to mention fresh local yogurt and goat cheese, and whole walnuts. When we checked out we were even given a little gift - a whole jar of our favorite jam flavor, strawberry with Tahitian vanilla! Mmm, we will be saving this jam for a special occasion :) Staying in this hotel will greatly enhance your visit to Chinon.

Room Tip: Try to get the Gardener's Cottage (for a couple).
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank MMirvis
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LD4CHINON, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2013

Cher MMirvis,

Nice to know that you had a pleasant stay in the house of the gardener! but it is the smallest room of the hotel, very simple but cozy.
  I only regret that you did not have time to watering the garden!
Thank you for your very nice visit, customers like you are rare and always pleasant.
Do not tell all readers of this comment, I gave you a jar of jam, they will be jealous! and as you are 12 thousand per year, imagine my life in the kitchen cooking jams !
 Best regards
Laurent

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

There are plenty of reviews on this place and I don't disagree with the general impression given. I feel it's important for others to know however that not all rooms are to the standard shown in traveller photos.

We booked for a trip in May and got the last room. Some positives first. The booking process was very good. We communicated on email and then by phone. The owners are very pleasant and helpful. Upon arrival, one of the owners came out to us in the car park to welcome us. She then showed us around to the breakfast room and bar area before showing us to our room.

Our room however was very disappointing. I'm not going to bother describing much as I've uploaded photos so you can judge for yourself. I would have at least appreciated the owners pointing out that the room didn't have a proper shower (or better still installing a curtain and a hook for the shower handset - how difficult would that be?).

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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LD4CHINON, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2013

Cher Monsieur,
It is true indeed all that, we still have four rooms to redo completely, including the one you show in the picture ... and you accepted upon arrival.
I only regret the fact of not having to discuss face to face with you.
That's a shame, because you can find me here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week , to report directly to me and frankly your comments.
Come back in two years, it will be brand new, but a little more expensive!
your host
Laurent

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

This was our favorite hotel in France. The room was spacious and beautiful. The people are friendly and helpful. The breakfast is excellent. the location is superb. (And quiet! We were on the edge of the old town, yet all we could hear in the morning was birdsong.) In the future, we would travel out of our way just to stay here.

My only warning would be to park on the street except on arrival and departure. We were "parked in" on our first morning, it took quite a while to extricate our car. But there is street parking quite nearby.

Room Tip: We loved room 1 in the main building.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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LD4CHINON, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2013

Bonsoir Eclipsoid,
It is very nice for choosing us as your favorite hotel in France!
I will share your comment so nice, with Valerie, Eloise, Lara at the reception, and Nathalie, Ophelie, Christelle, who work on the floors without forgetting, my two little sisters Martine and Françoise, the whole team, without whom this family hotel, will not be what it is!
your host
Laurent

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is a delightful place, to which my wife and I have returned several times. It is quiet, attractive, and it serves the best French breakfasts. It is an easy, four-hour drive from Dieppe and is an excellent stop-over for a journey south.

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LD4CHINON, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2013

Cher Jeremyhoj,
Your loyalty is our nice gift your comment, resume in itself, the atmosphere of our small hotel.
We look forward to seeing you during your trip to the South ....
Best regrads
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: $86 - $88 (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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Diderot Hotel Chinon
Hotel Diderot Chinon, France - Loire Valley

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