on October 27, 2000
This old abbey has been converted into a hotel, and is quite comfortable and rather more interesting than your average hotel. It made a nice change for us, and is elegant in a shabby sort of way, without being very expensive.
As its address suggests, the Hotel l'Abbaye is right on the banks of the river (the Loire in this case), with a lovely view overlooking it and an old bridge over the river. It was built in the 17th century, and the accommodations have been created out of the old monks' cells. They are not tiny as this might imply; we found the rooms as spacious as in most hotels in France (which is to say, not huge, but certainly adequate).
There about about 17 rooms, and they range in price from 430 francs to 650 francs, depending on the room and the number of persons. Breakfast is extra, and there is even a restaurant on the premises which serves dinner. We did not, however, have dinner there, as we were too jet-lagged to remain awake for a "real" meal. The hotel has three stars in the French hotel rating system.
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