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Hotel Diderot
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Chinon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Stayed for three nights in late July. Owned and operated by three siblings, this hotel is deserving of its high ratings. Staff is personable, helpful, and knowledgable. Breakfast is reasonably priced and features Laurant's homemade jams, about 15 to choose from by my count. They charge for parking but there is a free lot down the street behind the medical laboratory. The hotel is an 18th century manor house with period furniture to match. Modern bathrooms. No elevator so be prepared to carry your bags up and down unless you have a ground floor room. I would definitely stay here again.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

The Diderot Hotel in Chinon provides a wonderfully peaceful retreat from the big city. We spent three nights at the Diderot after four bustling days and nights in Paris during Bastille day festivities. Getting to Chinon was an easy 3.5 hour drive from Paris on the expressway (but the toll was 30 euros!).

The normal check-in time at the Diderot ends at 8 pm. Unfortunately, due to rental car issues, we did not make it until 10 pm (following a worried phone call from the owner at about 8:30 to make sure we were still coming). Even with our late arrival, we were warmly greeted, given a tour of the property, and shown to our lovely room. We were in a two-floor building separate from the main house. The very freshly updated upstairs room had a nice vaulted ceiling with lamps made from bird cages, a full size armoire for our suitcases and clothing, and a very clean and modern bathroom.

The weather was definitely warm during our visit, and because of that, the room would heat up a bit at times. There isn’t air conditioning, but usually the provided fan and keeping the large windows open at night was sufficient to keep things comfortable. It’s possible that rooms in the main house could be less affected by the heat, but I really liked what felt like a more private getaway in the separate building.

As others have mentioned, the hosts of the hotel are amazingly friendly and helpful, the grounds are lovely, and just a short walk away there are great restaurants and cafes, good shopping, and fun sightseeing. In the immediate areas surrounding Chinon (less than a 30 minute drive) there are several epic chateaus and lovely small villages for easy day-trip visiting. Also, check out the wine caves in town, which were fun.

I’d definitely return to the Diderot. Three nights was not enough to take it all in and fully enjoy the area and everything it has to offer, including very friendly local people everywhere we went. (But, we had to get back to Paris – yes, life is tough.)

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

After a very pleasant stay in 2009 we returned on the 8th July and again had a wonderful time. The location is ideal - park the car and walk everywhere. We were welcomed, shown our ensuite room (very well decorated and maintained), and after unpacking enjoyed a glass of local rose on the patio. We checked out the recommended restaurants for dinner and had a very nice meal. Breakfast was a very pleasant affair. Overall it was as good second time round as 4 years ago and roll on the next visit!

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This hotel represents all that you imagine a traditional hotel to look like with shutters and a flower filled garden. We had room 20 on the ground floor and it was lovely and cool despite the outside heatwave. The room was brightly decorated and had a very spacious modern bathroom with high quality fittings. Wifi is free and there was a flat screen TV mounted on the wall. The staff were very welcoming and the breakfast was good but not included in the room price. We parked in the hotel grounds but had to pay extra. It is ideally placed for a quick walk into town and all the restaurants.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms have tables outside on the terrace and number 20 is cool on a hot night.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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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!

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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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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: $69 - $92 (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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Also Known As:
Diderot Hotel Chinon
Hotel Diderot Chinon, France - Loire Valley

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