Right in the center of the town on rue du Château, literally within walking distance of the chateau (about 800m), this is a very small hotel located on the second floor above the restaurant run by the owners of the hotel. It is pronounced "otel' deh truah lis," and trois lys is the three royal lilies - symbol of the Valois. If you ask for directions to it, everybody knows about it and will tell you how to get to it.
The owners of the hotel are a middle-aged woman and her mother. I reserved the hotel through www.otedis.fr, and if I haven't reserved, they wouldn't have had a room for me, because there were no vacancies. The middle-aged lady that met us showed us two rooms to choose from. The first one was a real dump - very crowded tiny room with three single beds. At the sight of it, the expression on my face, I think, made her show us another one. The second room was much bigger, with yellow wallpaper on the walls and tall ceilings, four beds, two of which as we found out were broken, a bathroom with a sink and bathtub, and a toilet with separate door. There was a strong smell of the bathroom cleaner and some ants on the veranda. But I guess it wasn't too bad, considering that it cost under 50 euros for a triple. The owners seemed to be counting every penny and really didn't like when we refused the breakfast, which was extra and ran 6.50 euros per person. I also looked at the prices on the dinner menu, and there every plate was from 20 to 30 euros. If only they spent some money to fix this place up - it has some potential. The location can't be beat, and you can park on Place de la Republique, except for Saturday, when they have a market on that spot and you can't park there. Parking on the Place is free always and the hotel is facing the Place. If you are in town for 1 night, you can park there and walk to the chateau and everywhere in the city center, so this hotel will do. If you are looking for something better, there are several hotels along the side streets; however, most of them don't have triple rooms, only single and double.
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
November 8, 2003
From journal Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau