Loire Valley Journals

Castles of the Loire Valley

An April 2010 trip to Loire Valley by Zhebiton

Royal Chateau de Blois Photo, Loire Valley, France More Photos
Quote: One of the most memorable of my travels. Wonderful weather, wonderful place, I am delighted

Château du Lude

Attraction | "The castle is amazing"

Château du Lude Photo, Loire Valley, France
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French River Loire is known for its ancient castles on the shores. One of the gems of the Loire is a castle of Le Lud - beautiful creation of French architects.Le Lud is located in western France, at the crossroads of Anjou, Maine and Touraine.Castle - a great example of the architectural style of the Renaissance. This is confirmed by perfectly symmetrical shape of openings and the building itself. The first impression of the castle - is admired and verified the accuracy of details. Also, Le Lud richly decorated with stucco and bas-reliefs, which, however, does not seem to be redundant here - all the details found here an ideal place.Each room here - a single work of art. That room i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 7, 2012

Château du Lude
Le Château
Le Lude, France
02 43 94 60 09

Chateau de Faucon Noir

Attraction | "The oldest stone building in the country"

Chateau de Faucon Noir Photo, Montbazon, Loire Valley
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Chateau de Faucon noir is located in the Department of Monbazon "Indre-et-Loire" in the central part of France and is considered the oldest stone building of the country.The fortress was built during the period from 991 to 996 years. by order of Count Fulk of Anjou Knerr and became part of the whole ensemble of military facilities, among which are such famous French castles, as Losch, Montresor, Montrichard, Semblancay, Langevin, etc.Even though, on a stormy history, the Castle of the Black Falcon preserved to this day in 2003 and opened to tourists.The famous feudal castle appears before the eyes of visitors are already in shape, which he betrayed in the XII century Monbazon seniors...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2012

Chateau de Faucon Noir

Montbazon, France

Chateau d'Usse

Attraction | "The history of the castle of Chantilly"

Chateau d'Usse Photo, Loire Valley, France
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The history of the castle Usse began long ago, back in the sixth century. It was then found the first mention of the fortress Yusserum, which occupied a strategically important position on the River Indre. She controlled the way in Chinon and Tours, there flourished navigation on the Loire, and Endre. The castle is a lot of evidence that ancient civilizations, including those found in small mounds and graves of the halo-Roman period.The first owner was a formidable fortress Usse bloodthirsty Viking Gueldyun the nickname - Devil Saumur, he owned a castle in 1004. From this and went to a Viking clan counts of Blois.On his orders on these lands was built the first wooden fort. His son Gueldyu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 22, 2012

Chateau d'Usse
Rigny-us
Centre, Centre
02-47-95-54-05

Château de Chinon

Attraction | "Insanely romantic castle."

Château de Chinon Photo, Loire Valley, France
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Once the castle of Chinon was a fortification system of three different locks. The full flowering of the fortress was in the middle of the XV century, the reign of Charles VII. During the Hundred Years War, it was in Chinon, he is pursuing an audience with Joan of Arc, Maid of Orleans was inspired by a memorable feat. At this time Charles VII of France began the process of reorganization - the repeal of the feudal system, and the castle became a royal residence, has experienced meteoric rise. King Louis XII received within the walls of the papal legate Alexander VI, Cesare Borgia, who brought him news of the dissolution of his marriage with Jeanne of Valois, which enabled the king to marry Anne of Bri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2012

Château de Chinon

Chinon, France 37500
02 47 93 13 45

Chateau de Chaumont

Attraction | "International Festival of landscape"

Chateau de Chaumont Photo, Loire Valley, France
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Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire is one of the most picturesque castles of the Loire Valley, located between the towns of Blois and Amboise.Built on a rocky spur of the Loire castle is surrounded by centuries-old forests and is a masterpiece of palace architecture. His arrangement of Chaumont-on-Loire is strongly reminiscent of the nearby Amboise, and from the terrace of the castle offers great views over the valley. The castle is surrounded by a beautiful English park, which annually receives an international festival of landscape art.The Castle is a traditional example of Romanesque architecture, later smoothed and decorated with Renaissance-style elements.The medieval castle ca...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2012

Chateau de Chaumont
Chaumont-sur-Loire
Loir-et-Cher, France
02 54 20 99 22

Royal Chateau de Blois

Attraction | "The royal castle"

Royal Chateau de Blois Photo, Loire Valley, France
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Of the entire string of castles of the Loire, Blois Castle only deserved the name - the royal castle. Blois haven seven kings and 10 queens. Here died the main French kings poisoner Catherine de Medici, was killed here the Duke de Guise. But its main story of the castle is built of boards of two kings, Louis XII and Francis the First. It is these kings did Blois for what it is today.Castle of Blois stretches on the river Loire. This magnificent building of brick and hewn stone with peaked roofs and towers. The castle is rectangular in shape. And each part relates to a particular period of history. In the castle there are two main wings - the wing of Francis I and the wing of Louis XII.The...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 9, 2012

Royal Chateau de Blois
Center of Blois
Loire Valley, France

Chateau de Loches

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Chateau de Loches Photo, Loire Valley, France
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The first mention of the castle starts with the V century in connection with the construction of the church in the village of Lucca, in France. But the first work on the building began only five centuries. On a rocky cliff was elevated wooden tower, which served as a defender adjacent buildings and secret passages in the rocks.The original building (as it was difficult to call the lock) belonged to the Count of Anjou, Fulk, nicknamed Red. But with this you can say, and began the history of the castle, which did not bring much fun living next to the peasants, who had to serve the cruel rulers.A little later in the 987 building passed into the possession of Fulk Knerr (Black) in which was bu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2012

Chateau de Loches
Place Charles Vii
Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley
02 47 59 01 32

Chateau de Mehun-sur-Yevre Photo, Loire Valley, France
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Castle is located in a picturesque place, where, mingling, a multitude of waters of two rivers Annan and Yevr. The towers of the castle have been preserved in its original form - is one of the few monuments, which has been preserved to this day untouched alterations. Located in the picturesque Castle Valley Yevr, which is punching its way and created a web of river tributaries. City Meyun one of the oldest cities, as confirmed by archaeological finds dating from the Bronze Age. This is also evidenced by the Bronze Age burial structures, and the early Iron Age - dolmens, which are huge slabs and boulders, installed vertically or laid on each other.On the history of the castle tell the colle...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2012

Chateau de Mehun-sur-Yevre

Mehun-sur-Yevre, Cher, France

Chateau de Chambord

Attraction | "Chambord is amazing"

Chateau de Chambord Photo, Loire Valley, France
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Among the variety of castles of the Loire, is a special Castle, a fortress-castle-celebrity, lock, which could change the history of this department. In order to make it special First King Francis wanted to change the course of the river Loire. Chambord Castle is considered the most famous castle among the variety of castles of the valley. Chambord is striking splendor and elegance. There is so much that the tour would have to spend more than one hour.Masterpiece Renesanssa from the gate to the spiers of the castle is striking for its size and grandeur. Only one room in the castle over four hundred. This beautiful white spread on a tributary of the Loire River, a small rivulet Bevron. Prior to b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2012

Chateau de Chambord

Chambord, Loir-et-Cher

Chateau de Chambord

Attraction | "From the young king to Moliere"

Chateau de Chambord Photo, Loire Valley, France
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To begin a story about the history of Chambord, one can not speak about the history of its construction, because ... it is terrible. In essence it is the lock on the bones. Although in those days, almost everything is built by hand and the lives of many people. Construction lasted from 1519 Chambord in 1547. In its construction were employed continuously for about two thousand people. Construction went on marshland, was distributed among the workers of swamp fever, people have died almost immediately after infection. Oak piles of their own drives the marshy soil to a depth of 12 meters! Another fact: the masons in those days were paid piece rates, for each block of stone. And for ease of calculation m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2012

Chateau de Chambord

Chambord, Loir-et-Cher

Azay-le-Rideau Chateau

Attraction | "the mecca of tourists"

Azay-le-Rideau Chateau Photo, Azay-le-Rideau, France
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The main diamond in the necklace of the Loire castles, the most fairy-tale castle, the castle, which is impossible to forget. Azey-le-Rideau is conveniently located in the bend of the river Indre. Surrounded by an English park, built on the water Azey-le-Rideau reminds of those times forever gone kings and overlords. He seems to be some incredibly beautiful, heavenly, created somewhere above.Azay-le-Rideau is considered the mecca of tourists, who love France and its history. This is one of the most visited castles, located in the Loire Valley. Famous Honore de Balzac admired the beauty of this castle.The castle is surrounded by a moat, its white walls and gray roofs with many towers and tu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 25, 2012

Azay-le-Rideau Chateau
rue Pineau
Azay-le-Rideau, France 37190
(0)2 47 45 42 04

Chateau d'Amboise

Attraction | "the castle of Amboise able to surprise everyone"

Chateau d'Amboise Photo, Amboise, France
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Castle of Amboise was lucky to survive a second birth, and throw off the shackles of old fortifications. Moldings, friezes, suite and terraces adorned the facades of the old fortress, but it happened only at the will of Charles VIII. He was born in the castle of Amboise, in the walls, built in 1431 by Charles VII, as evidenced by the story.House of the King, addressed to the facade of the Loire, the chapel of St. Hubert, towers and Minimskaya Gürgen still exist. Chateau d'Amboise - a masterpiece of Gothic, throw ornaments only on ledges and window openings, of which there are many. The circular tower of the castle - tower over the original time and architectural styles. They are based on t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 25, 2012

Chateau d'Amboise
Indre-et-loire
Amboise
+33 (2) 47 57 00 98

Chateau de Brissac

Attraction | "A very memorable wine cellars."

Chateau de Brissac Photo, Angers, France
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Chateau de Brissac is located in the province of Languedoc, at the foot of Cevennes, 30 miles from the city of Montpellier. This is the highest castle in France, its height is 52 meters left. His name lock and the whole area was named after the nickname of the medieval millers, who allegedly poured the grain into a hole made in the bag. In French, it sounds like the nickname "Breche-sac", which literally means - "a hole in the bag."The appearance of the castle is largely influenced by Italian Renaissance art, which exerted great influence on many architects who worked in the Loire Valley. The northern and eastern facades of the castle overlook the town and the park Brissak about Oban...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 11, 2011

Chateau de Brissac
Angers
Angers, Pays de la Loire

La Maison De Famille

Hotel | "Very picturesque place, I recommend! "

La Maison De Famille Photo, Chenonceaux, France
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It is very much imbued with French rustic atmosphere of the seventies of last century. The interior is a huge number of interesting details, catching sight. And what's the garden! I can only imagine how pleasant summer morning breakfast in this oasis of beauty. It would be correct to call it not a hotel, and holiday visiting French friends. The two-storey house live as masters of this hotel. You will have your own room and bathroom (toilet). We really liked the atmosphere of this home: comfortable, beautiful, thoughtful. In the house lived three cats, we are very congenial, but if someone has an allergy, keep in mind. Breakfast - not rich, but freshly squeezed juice. In the summer you can ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 22, 2011

La Maison De Famille
49 Rue Bretonneau
Chenonceaux, France

Château de Chenonceau Photo, Chenonceaux, France
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Estate, where today stands the castle Chenonceau, belonged to the 1243 family DeMarco, a native of Auvergne. Their property has been and still is a fortress surrounded by moats with water and connected with the shore of the river Cher drawbridge. Near the castle stood a mill. During the reign of Charles VI de Jean Marc posted in its English garrison fort, which prompted the king to order demolish all the fortifications and secure land for their rightful owners. Financial difficulties forced the family to sell his inheritance to Thomas Boyer, Quartermaster of the Financial Affairs in Normandy. In 1512, he bought also a fortress. In love with the Renaissance style, Boyer decided to destroy the old...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 10, 2011

Château de Chenonceau
37150 Chenonceaux
Francia, France Francia
+ 33 (2( 47 23 90 07

Chateau d'Usse

Attraction | "visit to the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty""

Chateau d'Usse Photo, Loire Valley, France
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The castle is situated on the banks of Andrew. It impresses with its massive walls and towers among the greenery of trees - a thick grove goes straight to the walls of the castle. Inside the castle interiors in addition to captivate tourists recreate episodes of fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty" by Wax. Historians compare Yousse the castle Chaumont - in a reduced form, lacking power and uzorochya scenery. At the track, as usual, included a cylindrical donjon. According to one version, the castle was originally a square, and then one side was demolished because no longer needed the protective function of the fortress, but the effort is an aesthetic moment. But there is another point of view on t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2011

Chateau d'Usse
Rigny-us
Centre, Centre
02-47-95-54-05

Azay-le-Rideau Chateau

Attraction | "Museum of the Renaissance"

Azay-le-Rideau Chateau Photo, Azay-le-Rideau, France
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Castle Azay-le-Rideau, built to protect the Tour, is on the island of the river Indre. At first, he looked like a medieval castle: drawbridge machicolations - and embodies the power of seniors, but later turned into an elegant mansion of the Renaissance. Balzac, which is around Aza wrote his novel "Lily of the Valley, called the castle" a sparkling diamond in a frame, Andrew. " Leads to it long chestnut avenue, resting in the semi-circular courtyard in the shade of linden trees. When you approach to Azay-le-Rideau, it seems that the rectangular building with round towers at the corners as if floating on the river Indre. Island where the castle stands, it is not visible, and it seems that t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2011

Azay-le-Rideau Chateau
rue Pineau
Azay-le-Rideau, France 37190
(0)2 47 45 42 04

Royal Chateau de Blois

Attraction | "Masterpiece!"

Royal Chateau de Blois Photo, Loire Valley, France
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chateau at Blois - unique in its composition. Quadrangular closed track, crowning the hill on the bank of the Loire, where each party is to a certain stage of construction, makes it possible to trace the evolution of French architecture from the XV to XVII centuries. Stands amazed at how few centuries, had his original expression in artistic styles, well agree in the ensemble of the palace at Blois. Perhaps the reason for that - the unity of the national school, which has always distinguished the balance of reason and feeling, a sort of harmonious construction of the whole. In the castle, in addition to interiors can explore the exhibits of the Museum of Fine Arts, which demonstrates the fine arts, po...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2011

Royal Chateau de Blois
Center of Blois
Loire Valley, France

Chateau de Villandry

Attraction | "Elegant castle"

Chateau de Villandry Photo, Villandry, France
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This elegant castle stands near the Loire, near which stood here in ancient times the building. But the charm of the castle of Villandry concluded in the first place in his unique parks. History of France had not intervened within its walls - it was not a castle kings or courtesans. Built a castle, Prime Minister of King Francis I, Jean le Breton (whose coat of arms can be seen in the contour of the left dormer window) at the site the foundation of the feudal castle, where July 4, 1189, Philip II Augustus and Henry II of England signed a peace agreement. Jean le Breton, who was entrusted with leadership building castles of Fontainebleau and Chambord, razed the old chateau, leaving one towe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2011

Chateau de Villandry

Villandry 37510
+33 (0)2 47 50 02 09

Chateau de Villandry

Attraction | "The gardens - the main point"

Chateau de Villandry Photo, Villandry, France
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The gardens are divided into three levels. Topmost - the first level - is a water garden (Jardin d'eau). Inspired by the classicism, it is located around a large water space created in the form of a mirror Louis XV. Mirror - a pond with rare aquatic plants. Is taken from the pond water for irrigation, and for the functioning of the fountains. Water garden - ideal for leisurely reflection in hot weather. The second level, which lies flush with the ground-floor rooms, is a regular Garden (Le jardin d'ornement), consisting of three thematic areas: Garden of Love (Jardin d'amour), Music Garden (Jardin de la musique) and the Garden of medicinal herbs (Jardin des simples). Flowers and grasses we...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2011

Chateau de Villandry

Villandry 37510
+33 (0)2 47 50 02 09

Royal Chateau de Blois

Attraction | "Blois: a Nice Town, Clean - I Like It!"

Royal Chateau de Blois Photo, Loire Valley, France
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Several shopping streets, stairs Denis-Papin with excellent views over the city, centered on a beautiful flower garden, a quarter "old Blois" with well-preserved old houses. There are many flowers.

Castle on the principle of construction is similar to Amboise - also in the city, also on the mountain. Perhaps the similarity ends, because made a strong impression. First of all, thanks to the hall States General and the Cabinet of Catherine de Medici. The Stairs interesting and intricate, but the idea of inferior stairs da Vinci.

Tarifs individuels: adults - 8e

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2010

Royal Chateau de Blois
Center of Blois
Loire Valley, France

Chateau de Chambord

Attraction | "One of the Finest Renaissance Castles in the Loire Valley"

Chateau de Chambord Photo, Loire Valley, France
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Magnificent, huge, immaculate and cool, like royalty. The great staircase was built supposedly on da Vinci's drawings. Castle gives the impression, which is difficult to describe in words - ah! " Imagine that you can live or even visit, it is difficult - all huge and uncomfortable. But it is perfect and flawless.If you are in two, should definitely go on the two spans central spiral staircase - to wave to each other from the "windows" and make sure that there is no intersection. It is up to the roof and wander among the turrets and flues, looking, as once a king, great hunting grounds around. Visit shop in the castle. Here you can buy a delicious raspberry liqueur - very good b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2010

Chateau de Chambord

Chambord, Loir-et-Cher

Chateau d'Amboise

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Attraction | "The Castle Overlooking the River"

Chateau d'Amboise Photo, Loire Valley, France
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Worth seeing just to visit little St Hubert's Chapel which is reputed to contain the remains of Leonardo Da Vinci.In the souvenir shop selling all kinds of souvenirs with the heraldic attributes. Postpone the purchase of souvenirs to commemorate the visit of the castle of Amboise is not worth it, in Paris, such trinkets just do not find. Walk outside the castle on cobbled streets of the town of Amboise certainly bring pleasure. Just a few blocks from the castle of Amboise can find a small café and a delicious dinner. After eating a pleasure to sit on the sunny terrace, drinking coffee and watch the locals. Life in Amboise calm and unhurried. The contrast with the fussy and rest...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2010

Chateau d'Amboise
Indre-et-loire
Amboise
+33 (2) 47 57 00 98

Chateau de Cheverny

Attraction | "Easy to Imagine How You'll Live Here and Enjoy It"

Chateau de Cheverny Photo, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
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Sleek, lightweight, perfectly balanced and strikingly white, this castle is more like a magnificent palace or mansion, but not on a defensive fortification. The castle extraordinarily luxurious and beautifully, it is very cozy and homey warmth. I recommend watching it after or before Chambord - there is a striking contrast with them.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2010

Chateau de Cheverny
Cheverny 41700
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

Château de Chenonceau

Attraction | "Very Impressive"

Château de Chenonceau Photo, Chenonceaux, France
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The most replicated image of all the castles of the Loire.Memorized and recognizable by the lean-bridge and gallery receptions over it. Women's castle, built by women for women, that really bothers me. I remember a gorgeous bouquets of flowers, which the team florists me twice a week (some I touched, because my eyes refused to believe that the flowers alive), and an impressive kitchen, where right on the dining table planted seedlings. Although the gardens are in a very skeletal condition and we have not seen all possible their beauty, it was impossible not to visit. It's a "business card" of the Valley. In the annexe there is a wax museum. Nothing outstanding, but you can look at hi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2010

Château de Chenonceau
37150 Chenonceaux
Francia, France Francia
+ 33 (2( 47 23 90 07

Clos Lucé Mansion and Garden

Attraction | "It Will Be Interesting to Children"

Clos Lucé Mansion and Garden Photo, Amboise, France
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The last three years of his life Leonardo da Vinci spent here (Francis given him the castle). View of the castle of King and the freedom of creativity allowed da Vinci seems to me spent not bad time, and the French have at their disposal one of the world's masterpieces - Mona Lisa. I visited the three mandatory items on Leonardo da Vinci - Mona Lisa, Château du Clos Luce and the Castle of Amboise with a chapel, where he is buried.Castle small, rather it is a mansion, but the park just charming. In the basement of the castle there are models made from drawings by da Vinci IBM using materials of the time. The park is worth a life-size mock-ups and most of them can touch and twist. You shoul...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 25, 2010

Clos Lucé Mansion and Garden
2 Rue De Clos-luce
Amboise, France
02-47-57-62-88

Hotel Le Manoir les Minimes

Hotel | "Great Hotel, Great Service "

Hotel Le Manoir les Minimes Photo, Amboise, France
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We stayed at this hotel for visiting the Chateaux of the Loire valley. Amboise is comfortable for visiting the Loire Valley. The hotel itself is ideally situated, right between the wall of the Amboise castle and the Loire, an easy walk to the restaurants in town and up to Clos Lucé. The staff in the hotel were extremely helpful and courteous and went out of their way to deal with our requests.
There is parking free.
The bed was really comfortable, the bathroom (modern) was fully stocked with high quality toiletries, robes, slippers...
There is a free Wi-Fi, but not good at 3rd floor.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2010

Hotel Le Manoir les Minimes
34, Quai Charles Guinot
Amboise, France
+33 2 47 30 40 40